Apul Research Group

Drinking Water Treatment Innovations Lab

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

Apul Lab is Moving to UMaine....

I am delighted to announce that Apul Research Lab is moving to University of Maine this summer. This new chapter means a bitter farewell to the vibrant, positive and supportive faculty members, student body, and staff at University of Massachusetts Lowell. I am grateful for all the support from the UMass Lowell Riverhawks.

UMaine is the flagship public university of the state of Maine. The University is one of the only few land, sea, and space grant institutions that enables its engagement with the local communities. The motto of the University is "Dirigo (Latin)" meaning "I guide". And I look forward to becoming a member of the UMaine Black Bear Nation.

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New Viewpoint Article

We are delighted to announce our new viewpoint article titled "Divided Perception of Drinking Water Safety: Another Manifestation of America’s Racial Gap" accepted in Environmental Science and Technology Water. This article points out the racial injustice in the US manifested as people's perception of safe water.

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New publication!

Our new collaborative article "Microplastic Particle versus Fiber Generation During Photo-Transformation in Simulated Seawater" with Dr. Saleh of UT Austin is accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment. This article helps revealing the microplastic fiber generation mechanism of plastic waste in the marine environment.

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Civil and Environmental Engineering