Team

Principle Investigator

Onur G. Apul
Onur G. Apul

Onur G. Apul

Onur Apul is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Maine. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Clemson University in 2014. His bachelor's and master's degrees are in Environmental Engineering from Turkey's Middle East Technical University.

Graduate Students

Interested in joining Apul group?
Interested in joining Apul group?

Interested in joining Apul group?

We always seek motivated and hard working team players to fill in positions. If you are interested in becoming a team member, please email your (i) research interests in a cover letter (ii) a CV along with (iii) the names of your references to onur.apul@maine.edu

Ashton Collins
Ashton Collins

Ashton Collins

I am an MS student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maine. My undergraduate degree was in Earth and Environmental Science from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. I worked as an environmental analyst for 1 year at Nelson Analytical In Southern Maine. My research interests lie in water treatment technology and environmental chemistry. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, climbing, swimming, and playing tennis.

Busra Sonmez
Busra Sonmez

Busra Sonmez

Busra is a Ph.D. student in Environmental Engineering co-advised by Dr.James Reuther of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her research focuses on exploring infinitely regeneration of carbon adsorbents and edge functionalized graphene oxide. Her BS and MS degrees are in Environmental Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey. Her MS thesis title was “Removal of Imidacloprid from Wastewaters by Ozonation and Photo-Ozonation”. In her free time, Busra enjoys joining dance classes, exploring historical places and trying various World cuisines. She mostly spends her leisure time reading and learning about different subjects such as self-development and psychology.

Past Members

Yigit Bozkurt, M.S. (2020) Thesis title: Nano-Enabled Microwave Pretreatment of Waste Activated Sludge Prior to Anaerobic Digestion Using Carbon Nanofibers. Currently: PhD Student at University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Ritchie Lafaille, M.S. (2020) Thesis title: Repetable Use Assessment of Microwave Susceptors as Permanent Bed in Ex Situ Remediation of Petroleum Contaminated Soils. Currently: Engineering Project Manager at Rhode Island Airport Corporation.

Arsalan Khalid, M.S. (2019) Thesis title: Removal of Organic Pollutants of Incipient Concern from Water by Graphitic Adsorbents. Currently at: Optodot Corporation.

Jana Latayan, Undergraduate Researcher from UMass Amherst Chemical Engineering (2018-2020) Project title: High-Resolution Capacitive Deionization for Selective PFAS Removal. Co-advised by Dr. Ertan Agar and Dr. Sheree Pagsuyoin.

Joe Egitto, Undergraduate Researcher from UMass Lowell Mechanical Engineering (2018-2020) Project title: High-Resolution Capacitive Deionization for Selective PFAS Removal. Co-advised by Dr. Ertan Agar and Dr. Sheree Pagsuyoin.

Matthew Tengtrakool, High School Student Researcher (2019) Project title: Repeated Use of Carbon Additives during Microwave Remediation for Targeted Heating of Petroleum Hydrocarbons. Currently an incoming freshman at Harvard University

Tyler L'Bassi, Undergraduate Immersive Scholar from UMass Lowell Chemical Engineering (2020) Project title: Thermal Regeneration of PFAS-laden Granular Activated Carbon.