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EPA Awards College of Engineering Research Team Grant for Project Aimed at Providing Cleaner Drinking Water

Sung Hee Joo, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, and a team of University of Miami College of Engineering (UMCoE) students have been awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) grant. This award is aimed at solving current environmental and public health challenges.

The project, entitled “Water Purification Using a Graphene Bead Filter,” will use nanotechnology in water treatment systems to make them more effective in detecting and removing difficult to treat contaminants. Ultimately, this technology will make water treatment plants more effective and provide cleaner drinking water.

“Although the project requires a series of experimental studies, we anticipate the developed prototype to benefit local communities, as it is economical, affordable, easy to apply and effective in treatment performance,” Joo says.

The grant will offer UMCoE students with hands-on experience that brings their active classroom learning to life and allow them to create the potential for tangible global improvements to communities and the environment.

The EPA grant awards teams to develop their idea and showcase their research at the EPA’s National Sustainable Design Expo (NSDE), April 7-8, at the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC ,where teams are eligible to compete for Phase II awards to further develop and implement their designs.

“This year’s [National Student Design Competition] teams are applying their classroom learning to create innovative and practical technologies,” explains EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “This next generation of scientists has demonstrated a commitment to designing sustainable solutions that will help protect public health and the environment.”

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