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

New Project funded by NASA

Apul Group is awarded $1.1M ($750k federal share) to investigate nanobubble-based water treatment technologies in space. The team will have two rocket launches, zero-gravity tests, and CubeSAT reactor designs. The project is lead by UMaine (Apul and Abedi) and hasĀ  partnership with Arizona State University (Sergi Garcia-Segura) and University of Southern Maine (Ashanti Maxworth).

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AEESP Research and Education Conference 2022

Our group members Dr. Sudheera Yaparatne and Mr. Ashton Collins presented their works on nanobubble aeration and microplastic leachate, respectively. Kudos to both!

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