Efficient Water Pollution Abatement

Anrew Allman, Proromos Daoutiis, William A. Arnol, E. L. Cussler

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The cost of purifying many chemicals is inversely proportional to their fee concentration over 10 orers of magnitue. This empirical proportionality implies that the key to chemical separation is the free energy of unmixing, that is, to entropic effects. It suggests that pollution abatement involves balancing concentration an toxicity using multiobjective optimization, an hence, a strategy for optimizing pollution abatement is obtaine. This knowlege provies insight for policy that incentivizes cleanup of the most important pollutants from contaminate water, whether there is one or many pollutants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22483-22487
Number of pages5
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number50
StatePublished - Dec 18 2019

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Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by MnDRIVE, an initiative of the University of Minnesota, and in part by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), U.S. Department of Energy, under Award Number DE-AR0000804. Other support came from the Dreyfus Foundation.

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Copyright © 2019 American Chemical Society.


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