UP, ADMU researchers develop trapping technique based on bees’ nest
MANILA, Philippines — A group of researchers from the University of the Philippines (UP) – Diliman and the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) have developed a technique that can trap particles in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) films, mimicking bees’ nests.
The group is composed of Jonathan Patricio, Gillian Yap, Jose Gayosa, and Susan Arco, from UP Diliman, and Jose Diaz, Marco Budlayan, Raphael A Guerrero from ADMU.
They said that this technique can be used for water purification to medical sensory.
“The repeating units of a honeycomb pattern can also effectively trap particles and impurities, thus making them a promising structure for air and water filters,” the researchers said in their paper.
The researchers did this by drying glass sheets coated with PVC. The PVC samples were also applied with electricity to study further their characteristics.
They added that this discovery can be used for other scientific procedures and applications.
“This also opens the possibility of integrating polymeric honeycomb structures into substrates used for microparticle trapping, sensing, and other related applications,” they said.