Krasnoyarsk nanodiamonds will be used for water quality control
Phenols are highly toxic organic compounds capable of doing severe harm to the human body.
Krasnoyarsk scientists have come up with the idea to detect phenols in the surrounding area using an unusual powder made of detonation diamonds which are produced as a result of explosions. Upon adding to the water containing phenols, the powder paints it to the brilliant raspberry color. In such a way, with the bright color, one could easily judge on the presence of phenol traces in water and, even more, by estimating the intensity of the color, one could define its concentration.