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Arsenic contamination is a significant challenge across the globe and particularly in South Asia, where large populations are chronically exposed to dangerous concentrations due to their reliance on groundwater contaminated by naturally occurring arsenic.
Julia Ortony, the Finmeccanica Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, seeks to develop a solution to arsenic contamination by developing a new and long-lasting filtration material. Her lab develops molecular nanomaterials for environmental contaminant remediation. A J-WAFS seed grant will support her development of a robust, high surface-area material made of small molecules designed to sequester arsenic from drinking water.