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Michigan Engineering professor John Foster is working on a method to purify water with the fourth state of matter - plasma. Foster hopes his new technology, which produces reactive radicals that can attack organic contaminants such as pesticides and pharmaceuticals, will help solve a problem not currently being addressed in conventional treatment methods that rely on filtration and chlorine. Foster's technology, originally envisioned as a point-of-use system for underdeveloped countries, could be scaled up to a larger mechanism that would be implemented as a stage in the conventional treatment process.

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Purifying water with plasma

8/1/2013

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Can we use plasma to purify our water? Michigan Engineering professor John Foster thinks so. He's working on a method to attack organic contaminants like pesticides and pharmaceuticals with the fourth state of matter.

Can we use plasma to purify our water? Michigan Engineering professor John Foster thinks so. He's working on a method to attack organic contaminants like pesticides and pharmaceuticals with the fourth state of matter.

 


About the Professor

John Foster, Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & MarketingJohn Foster is an Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. His research interests include low-temperature plasma science including the areas of propulsion plasmas, environmental plasmas, space and atmospheric plasma phenomena, energy conversion plasmas and processing plasmas.

About Michigan Engineering: The University of Michigan College of Engineering is one of the top engineering schools in the country. Eight academic departments are ranked in the nation's top 10 -- some twice for different programs. Its research budget is one of the largest of any public university. Its faculty and students are making a difference at the frontiers of fields as diverse as nanotechnology, sustainability, healthcare, national security and robotics. They are involved in spacecraft missions across the solar system, and have developed partnerships with automotive industry leaders to transform transportation. Its entrepreneurial culture encourages faculty and students alike to move their innovations beyond the laboratory and into the real world to benefit society. Its alumni base of nearly 70,000 spans the globe.

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