Current Publication

Technological Innovations in Sensing and Detection of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Threats and Ecological Terrorism, A. Vaseashta, E. Braman, P. Susmann (eds.). 2012. 406p.

This book emphasizes nanomaterials and nanotechnology-based sensing/detection platforms with a section on sensing and detection technology that can be applied to information security.

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International Clean Water Institute


Broad Impact

water

Water is an essential “element” to sustaining life. As the population increases worldwide, clean water becomes increasingly scarce. Research indicates that approximately 3 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water, which is linked to over 35% of all deaths in developing countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) cites water borne illnesses as a major factor in 1.8 million deaths each year of which 88% are children in developing countries. Prediction models estimate that global consumption of water will double in the next 20 years, yet water quality assurance is singularly undervalued and poses a significant threat to global health. Water distribution systems are vulnerable to intentional and inadvertent contamination.

Despite many technological advances, significant work remains to be accomplished for the purification of water. NUARI, along with several CONUS and OCONUS subject matter experts, have proposed a paradigm shift in water purification by rethinking the distribution strategy at point-of-use and developing decentralized purification methodology based on region specific contaminants. A unique approach is required to address the challenges in water purification so that clean water is available to everyone.

Mission

Assess, identify, and recommend revolutionary scientific breakthroughs in a multi-disciplinary environment using an international partnership network of research scientists to develop next generation solutions that sense/detect and remediate water contaminants so that water quality meets or exceeds the U.S. EPA standards for potable water.

Objectives

  • Development of hand-held, portable, and networked devices capable of detecting/sensing chemical and biological agents.
  • Development of water contaminants remediation strategies designed to treat contaminants specific to a geographical location.
  • Development of small scale filtration unit capable of purifying water to meet or exceed local safety standards.
  • Development of membrane technology in conjunction with remediation strategies that scale-up filtration to meet commercial scale production of clean water.
  • Provide technological capacity to enhance water safety and security.

Approach

Use of revolutionary scientific breakthroughs in a multidisciplinary environment to provide next generation solutions in support of:

Water quality monitoring by detection of:

  • metals (As, Hg, Cr, Pb, etc.)
  • pathogenic agents (bacteria, virus, proteins etc.)
  • organic compounds (TCE, acetone, household degreasers, halogenated organics, etc.)
  • pharmaceuticals (antibiotics; steroids-fluxoymesterone, methyl-testosterone, nandrolone, oxandrolone, oxymetholone, testosterone, and stanozolol; acetaminophen and ibuprofen, etc.)
  • pesticide run-off
  • long-shelf life chemicals

Remediation

  • Removal of metals, pathogens, virus, proteins, organic compounds, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, long shelf-life chemicals in conjunction with desalination to meet or exceed the U.S. EPA standards for drinking water
  • Extension of research efforts towards inactivation / neutralization of various contaminants

NATO and Partner Country Collaborators

  • Laboratorio dei Biomateriali, Dipartimento di Chirurgie Specialistiche, Testa e Collo, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, via Campi, Modena – ITALY
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, ISRAEL
  • Hacettepe Üniversitesi Byetepe, Ankara, TURKEY
  • The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GREECE
  • Institute of Geotechnics, Slovakia Institute of Science, Watsonova, Kosice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC
  • Mersin University, Chemical Engineering Department, Mersin, TURKEY

Outreach Network

Speaker Availability

To learn more about the services provided by the ICWI/NUARI, and / or to schedule a seminar / lecture on “Water Contamination sensing/detection, contamination remediation strategies, water security, water management” please contact the ICWI Director, Dr. Ashok Vaseashta.

Current Publication

Technological Innovations in Sensing and Detection of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Threats and Ecological Terrorism, A. Vaseashta, E. Braman, P. Susmann (eds.). 2012. 406p.

This book emphasizes nanomaterials and nanotechnology-based sensing/detection platforms with a section on sensing and detection technology that can be applied to information security. (read more)



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