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New npj Clean Water Publication

Sudheera Yaparatne and Dr. Apul co-authors an article accepted in nature partner journal Clean Water with NASA and ASU researchers. The article is lead by Dr. Tuna Yildirim and it is reporting the "unexpected" stability of nanobubbles from a physicists perspective. Kudos to all

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New Publication (1) -

Eliza Costigan has an article accepted in Journal of Hazardous Materials Advances with two of our group members i.e., Ashton Collins and Dilara Hatinoglu. The article is titled: "Adsorption of Organic Pollutants by Microplastics: Overview of A Dissonant Literature". Other collaborators include Jean MacRae of UMaine, Francois Perreault and Kartik Bhagat of Arizona State. 

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Susan J. Hunter Presidential Research Impact Award

Our undergraduate researcher Zach Doherty received the prestigious Susan J. Hunter Presidential Research Impact Award for his nanobubble-enabled organic pollutant removal work from drinking water sources. Zach will receive a cash award and his name will be placed on a plaque in the President's Office. Congratulations Zach!

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Student PFAS Research Presentations

Two 1st year PhD students in Dr. Apul's group: Ms. Dilara Hatinoglu and Ms. Sonia Moavenzadeh presented their PFAS research during Mitchell Center Water and Sustainability Conference in Augusta. The presentations were about partitioning of PFAS by landfill liners and microplastics. Both posters received tremendous attention by the visitors. Dilara's poster was awarded "Honorary Mention" by the judges of the session. Congratulations to both!

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PFAS in Maine: A Status Update

Dr. Apul co-chaired a session at Mitchell Center Water and Sustainability Conference about PFAS in Maine. The session had 5 presenters from Maine CDC, Maine DEP, NYS Center for Clean Water Technologies, Arcadis and University of Maine. These interesting presentations were followed by a panel discussion. Kudos to all who organized, presented, and attended!

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Water Environment Federation - Public Health and Water Conference & Wastewater Disease Surveillance Summit

Dr. Apul gave an invited talk entitled: "Interactions of PFAS by Microplastics: One Water, Two Crises" in the PFAS session of Water Environment Federation. The session took place in person in Cincinnati, OH and gave virtual option to speakers and participants. Kudos to organizers and thanks to all who listened to the presentation.

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Two New Publications

Apul Research Group has two articles accepted: Bioresource Technology (Impact Factor 9.6) and Journal of Hazardous Materials (Impact Factor 10.4). The former is lead by Dr. Yaparatne and Zach Doherty of our group. The work is an early-stage technology demonstration using nanobubbles and it is a collaboration between NASA and ASU researchers. The latter is a collaboration between ASU and Chevron researchers. The work contains novel findings regarding soil remediation with oxidants. Kudos to all who contributed.

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New Publications (3)

Apul Research Group celebrates publication of 3 journal articles. These articles will appear in ACS ES&T Engineering, Macromolecules, and Chemosphere. The collaborative articles are lead by UT-Austin, UMass Lowell, and Arizona State University. Two of these articles will be co-authored by former student Busra Sonmez. She is currently a PhD student at UT-Austin. Kudos Busra.

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New NSF Project

Our group received NSF Track 4 support to investigate superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles for microwave pretreatment of waste activated sludge. The project will partially take place at Yale University partnering with Dr. John Fortner. 

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Three New Projects -

Apul Research Group is starting three new projects. First one is MARINE seed project lead by Dr. Meg Estapa, Professor of Oceanography at University of Maine. The team will investigate the sediment samples for emerging pollutants. The second project is USGS 104b lead by Dr. Apul and will collaborate with Dr. Ross of Environmental Engineering and Dr. Smith from School of Earth and Climate Sciences. The team will analyze microplastic samples in rural and urban streams of Maine. The third project is lead by Dr. Yaparatne to collaboratively investigate aquaculture innovations with Dr. Bouchard of Aquaculture Research Institute. 

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