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Groundbreaking groundwater research presented at Cambridge

Research based upon the work of Professor Arup K. SenGupta and Michael German, a Ph.D. candidate in environmental engineering, was presented as the inaugural plenary lecture at the International Ion Exchange Meeting (IEX’12) held in September at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. The lecture, delivered by Sengupta, explained the use of the Donnan principle -- the failure of charged particles to distribute evenly across the two sides of a nearby semi-permeable membrane -- in developing new hybrid materials and processes. The hybrid anion exchanger material developed and patented by Sengupta and his group is used around the world to remove trace amounts of arsenic and other contaminants from water. It is also being tested in Fukushima, Japan, to remove from groundwater radioactive particles released by the earthquake and nuclear plant disaster of 2011.

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U.S. Department of Energy

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