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New NSF Project - PFAS-ERASE

Apul group in collaboration with Hanigan Group at University of Nevada Reno is awarded $500,000 to study thermal regeneration of PFAS-laden granular activated carbons. Kudos to the team!

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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 has  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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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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