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U of U professor using nanobubbles to better environment

Jun 28, 2024, 12:00 PM | Updated: 12:25 pm

A University of Utah professor is harnessing the power of tiny "nanobubbles" to help tackle environ...

A University of Utah professor is harnessing the power of tiny "nanobubbles" to help tackle environmental and medical challenges. (Canva)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A University of Utah professor is harnessing the power of tiny “nanobubbles” to help tackle environmental and medical challenges.

Think “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids” but with bubbles. Nanobubbles — tiny water bubbles — are being called tiny powerhouses with huge potential.

Dr. Andy Hong who’s revolutionizing the way they’re made, shared with KSL NewsRadio just how small they are.

“[They are] a thousand times smaller than a grain of salt,” Hong said.

Hong and his team are pioneering a new energy-efficient process of using them in various ways. One is an effective way to remove harmful chemicals from our water.

“We are looking at PFAS, so-called forever chemicals that are very robust and hard to degrade,” he said.

They’re also finding success in removing greenhouse gases from the air, and even accelerating healing for medical use.

A patent is currently in process and more findings will be posted soon.

Eric Cabrera is a reporter for KSL NewsRadio. You can follow him on Instagram.

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