Deepika Kurup

Novel Photocatalytic Pervious Composites for Removing Multiple Classes of Toxins from Water

Deepika Kurup, USA National Geographic Explorer Award winner, 16-18

According to the World Health Organization, one-ninth of the global population lacks access to clean water, and 500,000 children die every year because of water related diseases. This unacceptable social injustice compelled me to find a solution to the world’s clean water problem. I synthesized a novel pervious photocatalytic composite that integrates an enhanced advanced oxidation process with filtration to remove multiple classes of toxins from water. The composite is a catalyst that uses natural sunlight and raw materials that are readily available. It has applications in point-of-use water purification systems, wastewater treatment plants, and coatings for pervious concrete pavements.