Clarkson gets a share of $500,000 EPA award for water treatment research
Friday, September 7, 2012 - 2:23 pm

POTSDAM – Clarkson University is sharing a $499,778 award with the Southern Nevada Water Authority for researching and developing sustainable drinking water treatment methods.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency award is part of almost $1.5 million in funding to three universities nationwide to develop such water treatment methods.

Clarkson is engineering, developing, and demonstrating an integrated process composed of membrane technology and electrical discharge plasma generated via a novel reticulated vitreous carbon (RVC) electrode material.

The principal investigator for the grant is Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Christopher Bellona. Co-investigators are Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Thomas H. Holsen, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Assistant Professor Selma Mededovic, and the Southern Nevada Water Authority’s Eric Dickenson.

In 2010, EPA announced a new drinking water strategy to strengthen protections against contaminants in drinking water and promote cost-effective new technologies to meet the needs of communities across the country struggling with water challenges. The research sponsored by these grants will help satisfy the key goals of this strategy.