NPR ‘Clean Water Out Of Desert Air’

A short Daniela directed and animated for NPR's Joe's Big Idea.

Project by Daniela Sherer

NPR approached Daniela to animate a short for ‘Joe’s Big Idea’.

Daniela animates the Evelyn Wang’s story of how her and her colleague Omar Yaghi decided to try using MOFs to capture water.

MOF powders can suck up liquid water as well as absorbing water vapor. And there’s plenty of water vapor in the atmosphere. Even in the driest places on the planet there are tons of water molecules floating overhead.

The researchers built a small prototype water collector that contains a thin layer of MOF powder. The powder absorbs water vapor until it is saturated.

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