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2019 North East Graduate Student Water Symposium

Ritchie LaFaille represented Apul Research Group at UMass Amherst North East Graduate Student Water Symposium this year. He presented his poster titled "Repeatable Use of Susceptors in Microwave Remediation of Petroleum Contaminated Soils" and engaged in lengthy discussions with participants. Congratulations Ritchie!

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New Group Member - Welcome Aboard Busra

Apul Research Group welcomes its newest member Ms. Busra Sonmez from Middle East Technical University of Ankara Turkey. She will be working on harvesting unique abilities of tailored-graphene based adsorbents for water treatment. Good luck and welcome aboard Busra!

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Apul Research Group is on Instagram now!

Apul Research Team made its first appearance on the flashy World of Instagram on 9/4/2019, on the first day of 2019 Fall Semester. I hope this account will bring all of our students good luck and help disseminate our findings to a broader audience. Please follow us and like our posts. 

https://www.instagram.com/apulresearchteam/

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Is it legal to drink it?

The day-to-day debate for recreational consumption of cannabis is heated unlike the discussion about consumption of cannabinoid metabolites in drinking water.  Stetson Rowles of University of Texas at Austin from Navid Saleh Research Group presented our perspective on transformation of cannabinoids during chlorination in municipal water treatment systems. The presentation was hosted by ACS and was held in San Diego, CA. Congratulations Stetson!

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Gordon Research Conference - 2019 Environmental Nanotechnology

Onur Apul presented his group's work on nano-enabled microwave pretreatment of waste activated sludge prior to anaerobic digestion at GRC 2019 - Environmental Nanotechnology Conference. The work was lead by 1st year Ph.D. student Mr. Yigit Bozkurt and funded by Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

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MS Thesis Defense - Arsalan Khaild

Arsalan Khalid successfully defended his MS thesis entitled: "Removal of Organic Pollutants of Incipient Concern from Water by Graphitic Adsorbents". Congratulations Arsalan!

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New Publication

This recently accepted article titled "Adsorption kinetics and aggregation for three classes of carbonaceous adsorbents in the presence of natural organic matter" is going to be published in Chemosphere. The article was lead by Dr. Ersan and Dr. Apul serves as a co-author. The article compares adsorption kinetics of three generations of carbon-based nanoadsorbents.

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ASCE Student Chapter Donald G. Leitch Award

American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter at UMass Lowell honored Dr. Apul with Donald G. Leitch Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication. 

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2019 UMass Lowell Student Research Symposium

Yigit Bozkurt (1st year Ph.D. student) represented Apul group in 2019 UMass Lowell Student Research Symposium. His poster presentation covered literature compilation for microwave irradiation of waste activated sludge for enhanced biogas production. His long term vision is using this technology in wastewater treatment plants in conjunction with nanoadditives to further improve this technology. His work is supported by Greater Lowell Sanitary District and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. 

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