Moving away from Victorian Era Technology

Mitchell Center talk: Using nanotechnology for sustainable water treatment

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The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine will host a talk about how nanotechnology can contribute to sustainable water treatment, Monday, Nov. 30, from 3 – 4 p.m.

Safe drinking water is essential for life on earth, yet billions of people around the world lack access to it, according to UMaine, in a news release. Many of the most common water treatment systems still rely on technologies from the Victorian era and were not designed for modern water safety challenges. Crises such as lead in drinking water in Flint, Michigan, and microplastics and PFAS around the globe underline the vulnerability of current water systems.

In this talk, "Sustainable Water Treatment – Moving from Victorian Era Technology to Nanotechnology," the final in the Mitchell Center’s series of sustainability talks for fall 2020, Onur Apul will discuss solutions that nanotechnology can offer for sustainable water treatment in today’s world.

Apul is assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UMaine. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles, submitted five patent applications, and has given 50 presentations including invited keynote lectures and talks at national and international meetings.

The talk is free and available via Zoom; registration is required. To register and receive connection information, please see the event webpage.

To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Ruth Hallsworth, 207.581.3196;


Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions:

The Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine aspires to be a leader and valued partner in understanding and solving problems related to the growing challenge of improving human well-being while protecting the environment. We collaborate with diverse stakeholders and bring together faculty and students from many different fields. By connecting knowledge with action, we seek to create a brighter environmental, social and economic future in and beyond Maine.


About the University of Maine:

The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant, sea grant and space grant university. It is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the state's only public research university and among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and more than 75 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,741 undergraduate and graduate students who have opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn master's, doctoral or professional science master's degrees, as well as graduate certificates. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide to conserve energy, recycle and adhere to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit


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Mon, 11/30/2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

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