Mussaenda for water purification: International recognition for Kerala researchers' study

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Kannur: Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy, an international science journal has published the study of Kerala researchers which revealed the usage of the Mussaenda glabrata plant's leaves to purify water.

The study suggests Mussaenda glabrata leaves can be used for degrading harmful compounds released to water from materials such as dyes, and heavy metals.

The objective of the study was accomplishing reduced graphene oxide (rGO) via an eco-friendly facile green synthesis technique for the degradation of Rhodamine B dye. It yielded promising results and put forth a cost-effective technique for curbing water pollution with Mussaenda glabrata leaves that are abundantly available.

Interestingly, the technique is also biocompatible and effective for water treatment.

The study was headed by Dr NK Deepak, professor of Physics at Kannur University. The other team members are E Parvathi, assistant professor of Physics and researchers G

Arjun, CV Akshaya and N Dilraj of St. Pius X College, Rajapuram(under Kannur University).

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