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SNO21 - Emerging Investigator Award

Dr. Apul has been selected to receive the 2021 SNO Emerging Investigator award from the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization. This great honor was only possible by the hard-working group members of the research team. Dr. Apul will be giving a plenary talk in the upcoming SNO21 Conference.

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New Project - PFAS Management in Rural America

Our new project to assess the risk factors for PFAS-laden biosolids in rural America is selected for funding by USGS 104g Program. This effort will be co-lead by Economy Professor Caroline Noblet and Onur Apul. The interdisciplinary work is going to bring the social, and environmental aspects of the problem together.

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Dr. Apul and Dean Humphrey visited Haley & Ward

Dr. Apul and Dean Humphrey visited Haley & Ward to have a meeting regarding the re-branding of endowed laboratory that houses Apul Research Group. The endowment, which is previously branded as CES will become Haley & Ward. Thank you for the generous support for our labs.

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New Article - A new nanobubble discovery

Dr. Apul published a collaborative journal article in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science with Garcia-Segura group of Arizona State University. This study is entitled: "Elucidating CO2 nanobubble interfacial reactivity and impacts on water chemistry" and reveals the first evidence of buffering capacity when CO2 bubbles are 'pulverized' to submicron sizes. Congratulations Gabriel!

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Girl Scouts of Maine visited Environmental Engineering

Girl Scouts of Maine visited our campus to learn about microplastic pollution. Prof. Ross and her research group supported the event and all students participated in 'bubble estuary microplastic hunt', 'hydraulic wave tank microplastic observation' and 'crayon drawing event'. All activities were sponsored by Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. Our students had a blast with this activity. Hope to see girl scouts again on campus next year! 

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New Publication -

Recent alumnus Ritchie Lafaille published his first peer-reviewed article in Case Studies in Chemical and Environmental Engineering. His article is entitled: "Repeatable Use Assessment of Silicon Carbide as Permanent Susceptor Bed in Ex Situ Microwave Remediation of Petroleum-Impacted Soils". This article was a collaboration between Chevron and Arizona State University researchers. Kudos Ritchie.

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New Poster Presentation

Ashton Collins and Amatullah Ahmad presented a poster at the 95th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium. The poster was entitled: Determination of organic matter leaching from microplastics during ultraviolet weathering. The work was a collaboration between Dr. Perreault of Arizona State University and Dr. Ateia of Northwestern. 

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EMPOWER - Enhanced Mentoring Program with Opportunities for Ways
to Excel in Research

Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and Office of the Vice President for Research of University of Maine selected Dr. Apul for the first cohort of the EMPOWER mentoring program. Dr. Apul is paired with Dr. Sharmila Mukhopadhyay, the Director of Frontier Institute for Research in Sensor Technologies. The cohort will start the 1- year program in August 1st, 2021.

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New Article -

Apul Research Group recently got an article accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment. The article entitled "Effect of superfine pulverization of powdered activated carbon on adsorption of carbamazepine in natural source waters" investigates the role of submicron pulverization of activated carbons on their adsorptive properties. Congratulations Semra for the accomplishment.

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New Project - Water Treatment in Microgravity

Dr. Apul and Dr. Garcia-Segura of Arizona State University received a new research grant to study water treatment in microgravity environments. The work will be supported by Maine Space Grant Consortium, an initiative of Maine NASA EPSCoR Program. 

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