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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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Apul Lab is Moving to UMaine....

I am delighted to announce that Apul Research Lab is moving to University of Maine this summer. This new chapter means a bitter farewell to the vibrant, positive and supportive faculty members, student body, and staff at University of Massachusetts Lowell. I am grateful for all the support from the UMass Lowell Riverhawks.

UMaine is the flagship public university of the state of Maine. The University is one of the only few land, sea, and space grant institutions that enables its engagement with the local communities. The motto of the University is "Dirigo (Latin)" meaning "I guide". And I look forward to becoming a member of the UMaine Black Bear Nation.

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New Viewpoint Article

We are delighted to announce our new viewpoint article titled "Divided Perception of Drinking Water Safety: Another Manifestation of America’s Racial Gap" accepted in Environmental Science and Technology Water. This article points out the racial injustice in the US manifested as people's perception of safe water.

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New publication!

Our new collaborative article "Microplastic Particle versus Fiber Generation During Photo-Transformation in Simulated Seawater" with Dr. Saleh of UT Austin is accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment. This article helps revealing the microplastic fiber generation mechanism of plastic waste in the marine environment.

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New Publication - Chemosphere

Our group published a collaborative article with Ladner and Karanfil groups of Clemson University. The article is titled "Adsorption Kinetics of Synthetic Organic Contaminants onto Superfine Powdered Activated Carbons". The article is an experimental study investigating the impact of activated carbon super-pulverization on adsorption rates using three aromatic probe molecules. In dire straits, such good news are more meaningful for us. Congratulations to all fellow researchers and good luck to all people who are fighting the novel coronavirus.

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New Project - PFAS testing in tap waters

Our new project in collaboration with Ross Lab of Chemistry is going to test drinking water filters. This project is sponsored by a local town's water department in Massachusetts. This study is going to set up examples for other public water utilities and offer short term solutions for consumers until source remediation efforts move forward.

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