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Penn State Harrisburg graduate students in environmental pollution control Rizki Prasetyaningtyas and Saskia Putri have been eating lots of bananas and oranges. All this fruit consumption has a purpose. The students are testing whether fruit peels can be used to remove heavy metals from wastewater coming from textile mills like the ones in their native country Indonesia.
Rizki Prasetyaningtyas, left, and Saskia Putri, who were awarded full scholarships to study in the United States through USAID, said they chose Penn State Harrisburg because they were intrigued by the chance to join small classes with plenty of hands-on practice and research opportunities.
The students found that when mixed with a solution containing chromium in normal concentrations, the peels worked very well to absorb and bind to the metal. The found that bananas worked better than oranges.
Rizki Prasetyaningtya, left, and Saskia Putri got their classmates, professors and everyone they knew to eat bananas and oranges so they would have enough peels for their research. “Luckily, we like bananas and oranges,” Prasetyaningtyas said.
Graduate students in environmental pollution control Rizki Prasetyaningtyas, left, and Saskia Putri are testing whether fruit peels can be used to remove heavy metals from wastewater coming from textile mills like the ones in their native country Indonesia, which produces much of the world's textiles.