The National Water Research Institute has named five Graduate Fellows who have been awarded $10,000 (USD) to support their research projects related to developing and enhancing water supplies. Natalie Hull is a second-year doctoral student at University of Colorado-Boulder, working on Mechanisms and Sustainability of Wavelength-Tailored Ultraviolet Drinking Water Disinfection for Small Systems. Mojtaba Azadi Aghdam is a first-year doctoral student pursuing a degree in environmental engineering at the University of Arizona. His research, A Novel Brine Precipitation with the Aim of Higher Water Recovery, aims to increase the clean water recovery rate from membranes using brine precipitation. Second-year doctoral student (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Devon Manley’s research project, Study of the Viability of Chlorine Photolysis as an Advanced Oxidation Process in Water Treatment Systems, aims to determine the optimum treatment conditions (i.e., pH, irradiation wavelength and chlorine concentration) for contaminant removal by chlorine photolysis. Fifth-year doctoral student (University of Colorado-Boulder) Kyle Shimabuku’s dissertation, Biochar Sorbents for the Control of Organic Contaminants: Understanding Biochar Structure and Water Quality on Sorption Behavior, focuses on developing sustainable and low-cost adsorbents for stormwater and wastewater treatment and reuse. Jenna Krichling is pursuing her Master’s Degree in environmental health at San Diego State University. Her research project, Non-Targeted Analysis for Discovery of Chemicals of Emerging Concerns in Treated Water for Drinking and Source Investigation, will help ensure wastewater introduced into bodies of water is safe to later be reclaimed and treated for human consumption. The NWRI Fellowship program is underwritten by the Joan Irvine Smith & Athalie R. Clarke Foundation, community partners and NWRI Corporate Associates.


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