Solving fit-for-purpose water treatment needs by applying nanoscale science and engineering


NEWT is applying nanotechnology to develop transformative and off-grid water treatment systems that both protect human lives and support sustainable economic development.


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Our Goal

At the NEWT Engineering Research Center, we use nanotechnology to develop water treatment systems

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Our goal is to protect human lives and support sustainable economic development with our technology.

Our hope is that these systems can tap unconventional sources to provide water for humanitarian needs and emergency response.

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We’re an interdisciplinary nanosystems engineering research center.

What does NEWT stand for?
Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment. 

Our headquarters are at
Rice University, but our center
includes Arizona State University,
University of Texas at El Paso and
Yale University.

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