Sparc Technologies shines in PFAS remediation

Graphene technology company Sparc Technologies has repeated tests that show a new use for its graphene enhanced products – adsorption of dangerous PFAS chemicals, aiding environmental remediation.

In a quarterly activities report the Adelaide company said its PArGO product out-performed traditional activated carbon water treatment in relation to Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

PArGO is Sparc’s proprietary polyamine-modified reduced graphene oxide.

Many sites around the world such as industrial and fire-fighting installations suffer PFAS contamination which causes reproductive and developmental, liver and kidney and immunological effects.

Sparc CEO Mike Bartels said: “To have repeatability of results is a significant step for Sparc, particularly as we move towards commercialisation and in entering discussions with organisations working with and impacted by PFAS.

“This is a substantial milestone in demonstrating the effectiveness of graphene in the field.”

Sparc Technologies has licenced technologies from the University of Adelaide, and is commercialising graphene-based technologies for industrial markets for marine and protective coatings and environmental remediation.

The quarterly update said Sparc graphene had:

  • Significantly improved anti-corrosive performance of coatings
  • Outperformed commercially-abailable adsorbents for gold and silver contained in mine tailings
  • And destroyed harmful bacteria when used in graphene coatings.

Sparc has cash in hand of $3.87 million.

Picture: Sparc Technologies

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