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Professor Carpenter Part of Research Team Receiving 2016 Humanitarian Materials Engineering Award

Dr. Carpenter creates clay water filter

Professor B. Stephen Carpenter’s research team has been awarded a 2016 Humanitarian Materials Engineering Award for their project Expanding the Capacity to Confront the Global Water Crisis: Exploring Affordable Possibilities and Increased Effectiveness of Point-of-Use Ceramic Water Filters with Metallic Nanoparticles.

The project proposes to explore a combination of computational, experimental, and testing capabilities to modify, adapt, or augment current point-of-use ceramic water filters to produce a wider range of filtration capabilities through the development of metal nanoparticle-modified ceramic materials. In addition to Carpenter, the research team includes Ismaila Dabo, assistant professor of materials science and engineering and Principal Investigator (PI) of the project, and Zoubeida Ounaies, professor of mechanical engineering.

Four teams of Penn State researchers received 2016 Humanitarian Materials Engineering Awards. Each award provides $10,000 to conduct promising work to benefit society, with a special focus on resource-scarce regions of the world.