NEWT Center

Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment


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


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.


 We’re an interdisciplinary nanosystems engineering research center.

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


What does NEWT stand for?
Nanotechnology - Enabled Water Treatment

We even want to find ways to treat and reuse industrial wastewater to make energy production more sustainable. 

Clean water is something everyone needs. And our goal at NEWT is to help make that happen with nanotechnology. 

Watch our welcome video with founder, Dr. Pedro Alvarez

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