Israelis And Palestinians Clean Medicine From Water Together
For a group of Palestinian and Israeli researchers investigating methods to completely purify water from medicinal materials, working together is nothing short of critical.
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The joint Palestinian-Israeli research team from Al-Quds University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is working to assess the use of advanced membrane and bio-degradation technologies for eradicating pharmaceutical materials from treated waste-water. Organized by the Peres Center for Peace and sponsored by the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi, the two-year project aims to investigate the degradation and removal processes of certain drugs found in aquatic environments that come from both domestic and industrial sources.
“In order to facilitate and progress with the research, we need the expertise of the Israeli side,” said Karaman, who is the principal researcher on the Palestinian side. “We can learn from them and they can learn from us, and this way you can do good research in Palestine.”
The research mechanisms consist of a variety of different removal method studies, examining biological treatments, advanced membrane filtration and absorption technologies.
Over the course of the collaborative project, both leading researchers and graduate students from each institution are to meet regularly to discuss their findings.
These forums, the Peres Center explained, are designed “to facilitate increased cooperation between the Israeli and Palestinian research participants and further advance the academic and peace-building elements of the project.”
The project has entered its second of the two years and will conclude in March, according to the researchers.
From the Palestinian side, the team members at Al-Quds are using a series of micelleclay complex membranes to remove byproducts of certain drugs and then test the membranes’ removal success rates.
Thus far, the researchers have achieved a 100-percent success rate and have been able to complete removal of all traces of paracetamol, cortisone, ibuprofen, diazepam (known by the common brand name Valium) and cholesterol-lowering statins (such as Lipitor), Karaman explained.
The Al-Quds team has already written three papers on the success of its work, and it will soon begin work on a joint paper with the Technion team, he said.