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New Project - PFAS Management in Maine

Our multidisciplinary proposal entitled: "Integrated assessment of alternative management strategies for PFAS-contaminated wastewater residuals" is recommended for funding, which will be supported by USGS/WRRI at University of Maine. The work will address critical questions raised by MaineDEP. The project team is lead by Dr. Kopec of University of Maine. 

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New article -

Our collaborative article entitled: "Nano-scale Applications in Aquaculture: Opportunities for Improved Production and Disease Control" is accepted for publication in Journal of Fish Disease. This article provides some nanotechnology solutions for the emerging problems that aquaculture systems are facing. The work was lead by University of Florida researchers. The graphics were rendered by Kemal Kolayca of Denzay. Kudos to all.

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Invited Talk at Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions Seminar Series

Dr. Apul presented his work at Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, Seminar Series on November 30th, 2020. The title of the presentation was "Sustainable Water Treatment: Moving from Victorian Era Technology to Nanotechnology". More than 80 participants joined the seminar virtually from various disciplines. The seminar is available in the following link:

https://vimeo.com/486553244

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SERDP-ESTCP Symposium

2nd year PhD student Busra Sonmez virtually presented her poster entitled: "Regeneration of Spent Granular Activated Carbon Presents an Opportunity to Break the Forever PFAS Cycle" at SERDP-ESTCP Symposium. Congratulations to Busra. This work is a collaborative work between Reuther Lab at UML, Venkatesan Lab at Stony Brook and Saleh Lab at UT-Austin.

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New Publication - RSC Advances

Our collaborative article with University of Texas at Austin researchers entitled "Photocatalytic Activity of Micron-scale Brass on Emerging Pollutant Degradation in Water: Mechanism Elucidation and Removal Efficacy Assessment" is accepted for publication. This article reveals inexpensive micron-scale brass as a photocatalyst to remove emerging contaminants from water.

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New Publication

New article is accepted in Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology. This article is titled: "Linear solvation energy relationship development for adsorption of synthetic organic compounds by carbon nanomaterials: an overview of the last decade". It reviews the last and only 10 years of LSER model development for adsorption of synthetic organic compounds by carbon nanomaterials. Dr. Karanfil and Dr. Ersan of Clemson University and Dr. Perreault of Arizona State University co-authors the manuscript that also serves as a journal of Dr. Apul's post-graduate research starting from his first year as a PhD student in Clemson.

https://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2020/EW/D0EW00644K#!divAbstract

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New Group Member

Apul Research Group welcomes their newest member Mr. Ashton Collins. Ashton is a MS student who will be working on experiments to understand the adsorption interactions between organic pollutants and microplastic surfaces.   

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New NSF Project -

We are excited to announce our new collaborative project "Understand and predict the adsorption of organic contaminants by aging microplastics" with Francois Perreault and Jay Oswald of Arizona State University. This project will unravel an adsorption mechanism of synthetic organic contaminants by aged microplastics.  

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Kudos to New Graduates!

Ritchie Lafaille and Yigit Bozkurt successfully defended their MS theses and completed the requirements of their degrees. Kudos to Ritchie and Yigit for their major accomplishments!

Ritchie: REPEATABLE USE ASSESSMENT OF MICROWAVE SUSCEPTORS AS PERMANENT BED IN EX SITU REMEDIATION OF PETROLEUM-CONTAMINATED SOILS

Yigit: NANO-ENABLED MICROWAVE PRETREATMENT OF WASTE ACTIVATED SLUDGE PRIOR TO ANAEROBIC DIGESTION USING CARBON NANOFIBERS

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