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

Acorn Technology Development Award in Collaboration with Dr. Chen and Dr. Zhang

Dec 22, 2019

Our lab is rewarded with a new acorn technology development award in collaboration with Dr. Chen (principle investigator) of Plastics Engineering and Dr. Zhang of Environmental Engineering. This project titled: "Biocrude oil and Biobased Polymer Production from Sewage Sludge via Hydrothermal Liquefaction" is an interesting way of value amplification for sewage sludge. Congratulations. Dr. Chen!

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New Project - Repeated Use of Nanoscale Microwave Susceptors for Ex Situ Soil Remediation

Dec 16, 2019

Apul Lab was awarded a new grant from an industry sponsor to investigate the repeated use of nanomaterials for ex situ microwave soil remediation. The work will complement the ongoing efforts for microwave stimulation of nanomaterials for soil remediation applications.

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New Publication - Mesoporous Activated Carbon Shows Superior Adsorption Affinity for 11-Nor-9-Carboxy-Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol in Water

Dec 16, 2019

Arsalan's second article is accepted for publication in Clean Water (Nature Partner Journal). This article investigates the removal of common cannabinoids and their primary metabolites from water using carbon adsorbents. This study was a collaboration between UT-Austin and Clemson University. Congratulations Arsalan!

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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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Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts Lowell

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