Title

Removal of Water Contaminants by Using Agricultural Byproducts

Presenter Information

Ariel Donovan

Department

Chemistry

Major

Chemistry

Research Advisor

Shi, Honglan

Advisor's Department

Chemistry

Funding Source

Missouri S& T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to investigate agricultural byproducts (ABPs) as viable water treatment materials for removing water contaminants including pesticides, water disinfection byproducts (DBP), heavy metals along with other toxic metal elements, and other emerging water contaminants. Soybean hull, which is a renewable and abundant resource in Missouri, has been tested. This ABP was modified using different treatments to increase its ability to adsorb contaminants. Our laboratory experiment results show that most toxic heavy metal elements, including lead (Pb), can be removed from water by the treated soybean hulls in a short treatment time with high removal efficiency.

Biography

Ariel is a Junior at Missouri S& T pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. She is currently working on water treatment research with Dr. Hong/an Shi. After completing her degree at Missouri S& T, she plans to continue her education through graduate school.

Research Category

Sciences

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

03 Apr 2013, 9:00 am - 11:45 am

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Apr 3rd, 9:00 AM Apr 3rd, 11:45 AM

Removal of Water Contaminants by Using Agricultural Byproducts

Upper Atrium/Hallway

The purpose of this project is to investigate agricultural byproducts (ABPs) as viable water treatment materials for removing water contaminants including pesticides, water disinfection byproducts (DBP), heavy metals along with other toxic metal elements, and other emerging water contaminants. Soybean hull, which is a renewable and abundant resource in Missouri, has been tested. This ABP was modified using different treatments to increase its ability to adsorb contaminants. Our laboratory experiment results show that most toxic heavy metal elements, including lead (Pb), can be removed from water by the treated soybean hulls in a short treatment time with high removal efficiency.