Methods of Detecting Pollution in Water Using Sonication



Invention Summary

A method for detecting the presence of pollutants such as volatile chlorinated hydrocarbons in water using pH electrical conductivity and specific ion species sensitive electrode tests. Comparison of the post sonication to pre sonication test results indicates the presence of pollutants.


Market Opportunity

Contamination of hazardous waste site ground and surface waters has become a problem demanding great attention. The rapid industrialization of the world has led to the introduction of many pollutants into many of the world's water sources. The contamination of these sources endangers not only humans, but all life relying on these waters.


Features & Benefits

The detection limits of field methods are not always as low as laboratory methods, but they are useful to screen samples prior to confirmatory laboratory analysis. The advantage is in cost savings by limiting the number of samples sent for laboratory analysis. In order to overcome the limitations, the method for monitoring the presence of pollutants using ultrasound techniques and commercially available measurement technologies involves the use of ion specific electrodes, pH electrodes and conductivity.



Intellectual Property        Patent No.: 5,515,716


Patent Information:
Energy & Environment
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John Minnick
Business Development Officer
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Grazyna Orzechowska
Edward Poziomek
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