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Nanotech-enhanced 3D Superabsorbent polymer blocks for water retention

Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) can absorb and retain extremely large amounts of a liquid relative to their own mass

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How does your idea apply new technologies to make agriculture and water systems more resilient in the face of climate threats?

The basis of my idea is 'Super Absorbent Polymer For Agriculture'. However, want to extend this idea with latest contributions/research/innovations from nanotech, biomimicry or naturally/abundantly occurring substances. What I am aiming for is a magic material which gains an order of magnitude on water retention compared to existing materials.

This idea has been brewing in my mind for quite some time. Now is the time to share it with the world.

Super-absorbent polymers can be used at multiple places:

1. Within soil (currently used)

2. Prevent runoffs (planned use)

3. Water generation (planned use)

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Have a Farm where I can try it out. Also have easy access to Farmers not too far from Bengaluru where I stay.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Require lots of it as I am an amateur. Need help in contacting researchers and shortlisting list of materials. Need guidance from water experts on current usecases for Super-absorbent polymers. Have interests in water generation (Atmospheric Water Generation) using super-absorbent polymers. Have a rough design in my mind that I need help refining. The solution for water problem is intended not just for agriculture, but areas having high humidity and mega cities near coastal areas.

This idea emerged from:

Thinking about water, especially Atmospheric Water Generation, day in and day out :-)

Tell us about your work experience:

I am in the Software Industry with practically 0 experience in Water. Ready to jump in (pun intended).


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