Student scientist uses algae to filter out lead-contaminated water

[USA] She’s a senior at Immaculate Heart High School and a student scientist who wants to change the world.

For the past four years, it’s been Amanda Minke’s goal to find ways to create clean lead-free water for small rural communities.

Minke recently placed in the top 300 out of 1,800 students in the Regeneron Science Talent Search competition for developing a device which removes lead-contamination in water by utilizing algae.

Hundreds of hours were poured into the project. The medical syringe-inspired looking system is what Minke the Wet Algae Mechanical Filter (WAMF).

She discovered how the sulfuric components of algae play an effective role in removing lead from water.

Minke hopes her passion for science one day helps people who are struggling to survive in third-world countries.

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She also noted how the WAMF’s engineered process could be used in instances of environmental lead contamination, such as the Flint Water Crisis.

“With my system I wanted to build it for the people with the most parameters. They have no access to electricity, they have no clean water, so unless I can get this out to people to talk to people and to do other things like that I can’t actually — you know, the project is kind of worthless so it’s very important to get it out into the world and into the hands of people,” Minke said.

She’s not yet done with the WAMF. Minke said she’s already thinking of ways to innovate the system.

As for what’s next, Minke plans to attend the University of Arizona to study hydrology and engineering.

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