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“Desalination: The Quest for Clean Water” topic for Oct. 2

quest-for-clean-waterDr. Shannon Mahurin, Staff Scientist, Nanomaterials Chemistry Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will speak on “Desalination: The Quest for Clean Water” at the next UT Science Forum Friday, Oct. 2.

Seawater is a potential source of fresh water for human consumption, agriculture, industry and energy production. However, salt and other contaminants must be efficiently and economically removed in order to utilize this immense but largely untapped resource. Mahurin will discuss current issues in water supply and how new materials such as porous graphene could potentially improve the desalination process to supply future needs.

The lecture begins at 12 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D. Individuals are encouraged to bring their lunch or purchase it from the Cafe. The 40-minute lecture is followed by a Q&A session.

The UT Science Forum is free and open to the public. To see a full list of speakers for the Fall 2015 semester, please click here.