MULTI-FUNCTIONAL NANOMATERIALS | THRUST 1

This effort exploits the unique chemical and physical properties of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) to transform conventional adsorption technology. We will develop modules that use multi-functional ENMs to remove a range of target pollutants with high specificity.
 

We plan to focus on oxo-anions (e.g., As, NO3-, U, Cr(VI)) and viruses because they pose special challenges for water treatment. Furthermore, we can leverage the unique photochemical and photophysical properties of ENMs to transform sorbed pollutants into innocuous byproducts. For example, ENMs will catalytically reduce adsorbed nitrate to N2 and will inactivate viruses.
 

Specific projects include:

 

  • Multi-functional sorbents in packed-bed reactors
     

  • Multi-functional magnet-based ENMs for rapid adsorption and recovery
     

  • Photocatalytic ENMs for pollutant destruction

 

RESEARCHERS

Mike Wong

Rice University
 

Dino Villagran

University of Texas at El Paso

 

Pulickel Ajayan

Rice University

Pedro Alvarez

Rice University
 

Candace K. Chan

Arizona State University

 

Jorge Gardea - Torresdey

University of Texas at El Paso

 
Zachary Holman

Arizona State University

Kiril Hristovski

Arizona State University
 

Jaehong Kim

Yale University

 

Christopher Muhich

Arizona State University

Juan C. Noveron

University of Texas at El Paso

 

Bruce Rittmann

Arizona State University

Qing Hua Wang

Arizona State University

Paul Westerhoff

Arizona State University

Julie Zimmerman

Yale University

 

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NEWT is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) award #EEC-1449500
 
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