07 Jul '11, 9am

NTU, NUS win cash awards for sustainability research

SINGAPORE: Antibiotics, which are among the world's most widely prescribed medicines, can easily find their way into rivers and lakes because they tend not to be removed through the normal sewage process. But they can now be possibly removed from wastewater using activated carbon granules specially covered with a biofilm of microbes that can break down the antibiotic chemicals into harmless products. The new technology was discovered by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) doctoral student, Sally Shen. It promises to be a highly efficient way to remove antibiotics from wastewater and, once optimised, could be installed in treatment plants around the world. The development comes as global concerns persist over the possible negative effects of antibiotics on the aquatic ecosystem and human health. Another PhD student, Dr Mano Kalaiarasan from the National University of Sin...

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