Thrust 1 seeks to understand and control nanoscale properties that selectively and efficiently remove unwanted components from water. For example, only eliminating toxic nitrate molecules from drinking water or removing and destroying perfluorinated compounds from industrial waste streams.

Nanophotonics Enhanced Water Purification | T2

Thrust 2 aims to drastically reduce – and possibly eliminate – electric energy consumption for removing pollutants and salt from water.



Thrust 3 targets and removes sources of fouling and scaling in feed water going into water treatment processes.


All these areas of research work together towards our goal

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Safety & Sustainability is a cross-cutting theme in NEWT. This team works with all projects in NEWT, from bench scale to testbed scale, to inform nanomaterial selection and design, device development, and technology implementation.

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