2021 University Research Week | Access to Clean Water

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Addressing a need that affects over the drinking water in North Carolina, as well as 1.8 billion people worldwide, the Sustainable Access to Clean Water Creativity Hub is pursuing the development of an innovative, affordable membrane-based water purification tool that can safely remove a broad range of water contaminants. The project team is comprised of polymer chemists, computational modelers, and engineers from the College of Arts & Sciences’ applied physical sciences and mathematics departments and the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Building on graphene and graphene oxide nanocomposite membrane technology developed by the Dingemans lab, the team aims to develop new filters that make water purification more energy efficient. The new technology will lay a foundation for large-scale, affordable membrane production and be used for a whole range of pollutants – including removal of heavy metals which can be extracted and then reused. Master of Ceremonies: Jacqueline M. Olich | Vice President, University Collaborations of RTI International and Adjunct Associate Professor, Gillings School of Global Public Health Featured Speakers: - Theo Dingemans - Anna Fraser - Riley Vickers - Jill Stewart -Orlando Coronell

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