Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department Lecture with Rominder Suri, PhD., PE
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Treatment Technologies for Removal of Emerging Contaminants of Concern
- Dr. Rominder Suri
There are many reports on the presence of emerging contaminants of concern (ECCs), such as pharmaceuticals, personal care products, perflourinated chemicals (PFCs) and others, in the natural environment. ECCs are not routinely monitored for and are typically unregulated. Although most of these compounds have been detected at very low concentrations, there is increasing public concern over potential human health and environmental implications. The existing conventional municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are not designed to remove the ECCs. These compounds can enter the environment from point sources such as municipal WWTPs or industrial discharges, and non-point sources. Many drinking water intake points are located downstream of point sources. In many parts of the world, due to water shortages, water reuse is becoming an attractive option. These aspects necessitate the development and implementation of technologies which can effectively remove ECCs from water and wastewater.
A number of treatment technologies are being developed and tested in Dr. Suri’s labs at bench and pilot scales, with a focus on ECCs present in water, groundwater, municipal wastewater and industrial wastewater. This presentation will discuss research on ECCs and treatment technologies for their removal from water and wastewater.
Dr. Rominder Suri is the Director of Water and Environmental Technology (WET) Center - a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry University Cooperative Research Center. Dr. Suri also directs the recently funded NSF Water Technology Innovation Ecosystem (WaterTIE), centered at Temple University. He is a Professor of Environmental Engineering, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Temple University, Philadelphia PA, USA. He is a registered professional engineer, and has numerous scientific publications. Dr. Suri’s research interests involve water and wastewater treatment, advanced oxidation technologies, adsorption, process combination and reactor engineering, and sustainability. His research projects and collaborations in the area of water technology, reuse and conservation span many global locations including US, Canada, UK, Ireland, India, Brazil, and Italy.