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Clean water for all

Arup K. SenGupta, P.C.Rossin Professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering and the department of chemical engineering, is the recipient of a Fulbright Environmental Leadership Award and is spending six months in the Center for Sustainable Technologies at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, starting in January 2012. SenGupta’s project, “Mitigating Fluoride and Arsenic Crisis,” won the Fulbright-Nehru Grant named for Jawharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of independent India. SenGupta and Surapol Padungthon, a Ph.D. candidate in environmental engineering, have developed a reusable adsorbent that is capable of removing both arsenic and fluoride from water. The grant will enable SenGupta to collaborate with scientists and engineers in India to streamline the development of the adsorbent through laboratory and field work.