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

Young girl from third world country drinking from water fountain.

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.

Watch our welcome video with founder, Dr. Pedro Alvarez

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Join NEWT in our mission. 

Meet our research teams and read our publications.

Meet our students and learn about our educational programs.

Meet our industrial members and discover the benefits of joining NEWT. 

NEWT by the numbers

49
faculty

133
students

23
industry
members

1 goal
clean
water