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2018 - New England Graduate Student Water Symposium

Ritchie LaFaille -Civil and Environmental Engineering undergraduate student and researcher- represented Apul group in New England Graduate Student Water Symposium. His poster presentation was about activated sludge pretreatment using nanomaterial augmented microwave irradiation. His long term vision is using this technology in wastewater treatment plants to maximize biogas production. His work is supported by Lowell Wastewater Utility and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Congratulations Ritchie!

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American Chemical Society 2018 Boston National Meeting & Exposition

Arsalan Khalid successfully presented his work at American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting in Boston in the Advances in Carbon Nanomaterial Design & Applications for Environmental Sustainability Session. His work is revealing adsorption mechanism of THC by three types of carbon-based adsorbents. Congratulations to Arsalan. Apul group also co-authored two presentations in the meeting: Implications of Nano-Bubbles in Water Treatment presented by Dr. Ariel Atkinson and Removal of Bromide by Silver-Impregnated Graphene-Oxide presented by Ana Barios from Arizona State University.

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2018 Future Engineers for Sustainability Summer Camp

Apul Lab hosted four-talented high-school students participating the 2018 Future Engineers for Sustainability Summer Camp. The guest researchers successfully conducted experimental work on re-usable water filters and presented their findings at the end of the camp. This event was organized by UML Francis College of Engineering.

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Welcome New Members!

Apul group welcomes three new undergraduate researchers (Mr. Jana Latayan, Mr. Ritchie LaFaille, Mr. Joseph Egitto) and one graduate researcher (Mr. Yigit C. Bozkurt). Good luck and best wishes for all of them.

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Nationwide Public Opinion Poll

Drs. Apul and Kurup from Civil and Environmental Engineering and Dr. Toof from Center for Community Research & Engagement are selected to participate a nationwide drinking water quality awareness poll. This effort is coordinated by UML Center for Public Opinion. The water quality awareness survey is going to collect participants' opinions about possible occurrences of nanoparticles, illicit drugs and other pollutants in drinking water. The findings from this exciting civic engagement is going to be shared with public. 

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Student Research Symposium

Civil and Environmental Engineering capstone students presented their work at the student research symposium (5/2/2018). Their work was designing a sustainable sanitation solution for a single housing unit of an orphanage in Las Cayes, Haiti under the supervision of Profs. Barrington, Giles and Apul. The project was also highlighted in the Francis College of Engineering Solutions Newsletter.

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Internal Seed Grant

Apul lab was awarded a seed grant by a UMass Lowell to work on a novel capacitive deionization technology. This technology aims selective removal of perfluorinated chemicals under the lead investigator Dr. Ertan Agar, Mechanical Engineering faculty member.

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Seminar

John Fitzgerald from Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection was hosted by Onur Apul on April 20th at 12:00 pm as a part of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar Series. The presentation title was "The New Face of Hazardous Waste Sites: Vapor Intrusion Pathways".

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Congratulations!

Ph.D. students: Arsalan Khalid (UML) and Lewis Rowles (UT-Austin) are selected as 2018 UML Difference Maker Program Finalists. Their idea "Lead-Ex Filter" was to use nanoparticle-fiber hybrids to ensure lead-free drinking water for Massachusetts residents.

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