Dr. Onur Apul

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

Move-In Day For Apul Lab!

Jan 11, 2019

Our lab had boxes everywhere today because this week we moved into our new space. The newly renovated space is located at the second floor of Perry Hall (Lowell, MA) with ~600 sq. ft. area, 10 adjustable bench/workstation, sink, blast gates, explosion proof cabinets, access to four fume hoods, plenty of cabinet, drawer and shelf storage and a nice view devoted to overcome barriers in front of nanotechnology-enabled drinking water treatment processes. 

New Research Project Announcement

Dec 24, 2018

Apul Lab was awarded UMass Acorn Technology Transfer Funds to support the project titles: "Readily Deployable Cartridge for Lead Removal from Water Distribution Pipelines". Our research team is going to investigate composite electrospun fibers enabled with nano-scale carbon-based adsorbents.

New Publication - Removal Of Poly- And Per-Fluoroalkyl Substances From Aqueous Systems By Nano-Enabled Water Treatment Technologies

Dec 12, 2018

Apul lab published a frontier review article on nano-enabled technologies for removal of perfluorinated chemicals from aquatic environments. Arsalan Khalid collaborated with researchers from University of Texas at Austin, Washington State University, University of Nevada Reno, and Exponent. Congratulations to all!

2018 Faculty Symposium - Faculty Recognition

Nov 7, 2018

Onur Apul gave a flash talk in 2018 Faculty Symposium titled: "nano-innovations in drinking water treatment". Apul Lab was recognized in two categories: "Most Published Faculty Member in Francis College of Engineering" and "Commercialization and New Ventures". Congratulations to the members of the lab for their contributions to this  achievement.

2018 - New England Graduate Student Water Symposium

Sep 9, 2018

Ritchie LaFaille -Civil and Environmental Engineering undergraduate student and researcher- represented Apul group in New England Graduate Student Water Symposium. His poster presentation was about activated sludge pretreatment using nanomaterial augmented microwave irradiation. His long term vision is using this technology in wastewater treatment plants to maximize biogas production. His work is supported by Lowell Wastewater Utility and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Congratulations Ritchie!

Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts Lowell