EES Seminar: Carbon-Based Nanomaterials for Innovations in Drinking Water Treatment


10:30 am-11:30 am
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202 Particle Science & Technology
Gainesville, FL 32611


Carbon-Based Nanomaterials for Innovations in Drinking Water Treatment

Onur G. Apul
Civil and Environmental Engineering, UMass Lowell

Abstract: Nanomaterials are minute in size, but they offer enormous benefits in technology development owing to their sorptive, catalytic, thermal, and electromagnetic properties. Exploring nano-scale technologies create a platform for development of innovative engineering solutions to persistent environmental problems. My overarching goal in research is discovering molecular level interactions between nanomaterials and pollutants; and empowering technology development for drinking water treatment. In this presentation, I will discuss: (i) adsorption mechanism of low-molecular weight aromatic pollutant onto carbon based nanomaterials in aquatic environments; (ii) development of predictive models i.e., poly-parametric linear solvation energy relationships for adsorption of synthetic organic contaminants by carbon nanomaterials; (iii) examples of implementing these advancements within a practical environmental engineering framework. I will also present my lab’s most recent findings with a long-term research vision considering the oncoming needs of environmental engineers.

Biography: Onur Apul is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of Massachusetts Lowell. Prior to his current appointment, he was a post-doctoral researcher in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University. He earned his Ph.D. in 2014 in Environmental Engineering at Clemson University, South Carolina. His BS (2006 Honor Roll) and MS degrees are in Environmental Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. In 2013, his dissertation research received prestigious L.G. Rich Award from the Water Environment Association. In 2015, he received the Highly-Cited-Author Recognition by Elsevier’s Water Research Journal. In 2017, he received UMass Lowell’s Chancellor Recognition for “highest number of publications and creative works”. He is currently investigating application of nanotechnology for physicochemical drinking water treatment. Dr. Apul has published 26 peer-reviewed journal articles and submitted four patent applications to date. He has given 50 presentations including invited keynote lectures and invited talks at national and international meetings. He is a member of American Chemical Society and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.


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