Designing better water filters with AI

Even the best water filters let some things through, but designing improved materials and then testing them is time consuming and difficult. Now, researchers report that artificial intelligence (AI) could speed up the development of promising materials. In a proof-of-concept study, they simulated different patterns of water-attracting and water-repelling groups lining a filter’s porous membrane and found optimal arrangements that should let water through easily and slow down some contaminants.

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