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Research Vision

Sustainable Nano-Engineering for Water Treatment Lab focuses on design and development of novel and human-centered water treatment technologies. The primary goal is to enhance economically challenged communities' access to potable water via innovative nanomaterial-enabled treatment processes. By integrating state-of-the-art experimentation and modeling under a 'safer by design' umbrella, our lab aims to lead in appropriate technology innovation that is safe and sustainable. This design approach extracts favorable electronic and chemical properties at the nano-scale, while tests for environmental and health safety through fate, transport, and toxicity analyses. Material choice and technology design are human-centered and are guided by 'sustainability principles', i.e., minimization of energy, resources, and cost. Using similar approaches, nano-enabled structural material development is pursued, which complements this lab's mission of access to sustainable civil infrastructure.