Supermolecular nanostructure gels for chelation of arsenic from drinking water

Supermolecular nanostructure gels for chelation of arsenic from drinking water
Julia Ortony, Finmeccanica Career Development Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Period of performance: 

September 2018 to August 2020
Arsenic, groundwater, filtration, filter, water filter, water quality, groundwater, drinking water, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Asia

Abstract: 

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.