Ultraviolet Light: Detecting Optical Brightening Agents (OBAs)

A project log for Volturnus ROV

A low-cost, DIY ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) to detect marine pollution in local communities.

allai5allai5 10/16/2017 at 02:160 Comments

We needed a way to detect pollutants in the water. According to recent studies, shining ultraviolet light on water samples, pollutants will glow a bright color. We tested this with water samples collected by the ROV. We found that the UV light was able to highlight the sample that contained chemicals commonly found in laundry detergents. Thus, we successfully developed a low-cost method for find pollutants in water.