Apul Research Group

Drinking Water Treatment Innovations Lab

Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Inadequate access to clean water is one of the most concerning global problems with an expected increase in severity in coming decades. Therefore, ingenious solutions that shift the paradigm of water treatment are needed to address the clean water scarcity that are insurmountable for traditional approaches. Initiating a paradigm shift in water treatment is not an easy task but it motivates our lab.

Nanomaterials have exceptional properties and they provide tremendous opportunities for water scientists and engineers. Considering the changing needs of society; our lab ambitiously focuses on technology development for physicochemical water treatment systems using nanotechnology.

News & Updates

New Massachusetts Innovation Award - Dynamic, Self-Healable Polymers

Nov 23, 2019

Dr. Apul's Lab receives funding from Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center for a new project: "Self-Healable, Regenerable Polymer Adsorbents for Low-Energy, Reusable Water Filters". The project is lead by Prof. James Reuther of Chemistry and will provide insights about thermally reversible dynamic polymers for pollutant adsorption/desorption. 

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Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization

Nov 12, 2019

Dr. Apul presented their recent work on nano-enabled waste activated sludge pretreatment using microwave irradiation at the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization held in San Diego. 

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New Publication

Nov 12, 2019

Our new critical review article on microwave pre-treatment of waste activated sludge prior to anaerobic digestion has been accepted for publication. This article will appear in a special issue titled: Biosolids 2020. Congratulations Yigit!

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Third Place in Poster Presentation!

Sep 27, 2019

Second year MS student Ritchie LaFaille was announced "3rd Place in Poster Presentation Competition" in the New England Graduate Student Water Symposium at UMass Amherst. The title of his work was "Repeatable Use of Susceptors in Microwave Remediation of Petroleum Contaminated Soils". Congratulations Ritchie!

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2019 North East Graduate Student Water Symposium

Sep 9, 2019

Ritchie LaFaille represented Apul Research Group at UMass Amherst North East Graduate Student Water Symposium this year. He presented his poster titled "Repeatable Use of Susceptors in Microwave Remediation of Petroleum Contaminated Soils" and engaged in lengthy discussions with participants. Congratulations Ritchie!

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts Lowell

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