Enabling Solar-Powered Water Purification Technology

Enabling Solar-Powered Water Purification Technology

Water scarcity caused by pollution in the wake of natural disasters or supply system damage is a severe threat to modern society and a challenge to emergency response/rescue agencies. We propose to develop an effective, user-friendly, point-of-use water purification technology that integrates our highly efficient hydrogel-based solar vapor generators to address these issues.

 

Hydrogel-based evaporators with high energy efficiency

Research Outputs

Zhao, F.; Guo, Y.; Zhou, X.; Shi, W.; Yu, G. Materials for solar-powered water evaporation, Nature Reviews Materials, 2020, 5, 388.

Guo, Y.; Bae, J.; Fang, Z.; Li, P.; Zhao, F.; Yu, G. Hydrogels and Hydrogel-Derived Materials for Energy and Water Sustainability. ChemicalReviews,2020,120, 7642.

Guo, Y.; Zhao, X.; Zhao, F.; Jiao, Z.; Zhou, X.; Yu, G. Tailoring surface wetting states for ultrafast solar-driven water evaporation. Energy & Environmental Science 2020,13, 2087.

Project Team

Guihua Yu, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Lynn Katz, Professor, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Keith Johnston, Professor, Chemical Engineering

Kasey Faust, Assistant Professor, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering