Scientists Found an Industrial Solvent That Can Break Down PFAS

PFAS, known as "forever chemicals," have caused health issues, including cancer. A newly discovered solvent can help combat this.



What's your favorite industrial solvent?

Nicknamed “forever chemicals,” PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have spread all throughout our environment, and have been linked to a long list of health problems including cancer. But according to a new paper in Science, an industrial solvent called dimethyl sulfoxide can actually break down a subset of PFAS chemicals. Ethan breaks down how this solvent works, how much this solution could help combat the PFAS crisis, and what science enthusiasts can take away from this discovery in this week’s “Tip of the Iceberg.”

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