Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Faculty Advisor: William Phillip
Winter 2020-21 Project: 3D-Printing Hierarchical Nanostructure Absorbance for Contaminant Removal and Resource Recovery
Effective and sustained effort in the Phillip Group has proven that a custom-3D-printing system can create well-defined polymer membranes with finely-tuned hierarchical structures. We plan to construct membranes made from a tri-co-polymer solvent system with integral carbon nano-tubes. Additionally, Non-Newtonian flow allows for desirable printing properties. 3D-printing these types of membranes will allow us to have high porosity and therefore high energy efficiency-contaminant removal and resource recovery. Applications include: nitrate recovery from fertilizer runoff; lead removal from contaminated water in areas such as Flint, MI; and heavy-metal ion recovery from industrial chemical processes.