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Micromotors could improve water quality

Water quality could be improved by the invention of micromotors that are able to degrade organic pollutants in pipes, small reservoirs and other areas that are difficult to reach by traditional methods. The micromotors have been developed by German researchers and are able to move themselves through the water while cleaning it. 

Many different industries create wastewater that contains organic pollutants. These types of pollutants cause a number of problems in terms of water quality as they can be resistant to environmental degradation. Organic pollutants are also unsuitable for processing through the use of traditional chemical or biological wastewater treatments. 

Researchers developed a type of micromotor in 2012 that could help to clean up small oil spills by capturing oil droplets in water. The latest discovery, micromotors that degrade pollutants, highlights the level of potential that they have in terms of improving water quality, remediation techniques and environmental monitoring.

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