(WSPA) – Across Clemson University’s campus, the work of Associate Professor of Chemistry Daniel Whitehead is focused on a plant-based solution for a different problem.
Whitehead’s team is creating nanocrystals capable of eliminating odors and filtering polluted air and water, and it all comes from a crop that is abundant in South Carolina.
“So, we take cotton, and we use that as our platform to extract the crystalline portions of cellulose,” Whitehead said. “Additionally, then after they (nanocrystals) are used they are completely biodegradable because they are made from cellulose.”
As exciting as the technology is, both lab researchers acknowledge the vast majority of lab inventions never make it to market.
To add to the challenge, these products not only have to be affordable but able to be produced on a mass scale.
Whitehead has also published several papers on his research over the last decade.