A long shower in
Jordanian researchers seeking new water sources have turned to desalination - the process of removing salt from saline water. And they've looked to
With the backing of a
Oyanedel-Craver's nanoparticles - microscopic grains of silver -- will be embedded in membranes used in the process that eliminates salt from salt water. The nanoparticles slow the growth of bacteria on the membrane. And because the particles are infused into the membrane, there is no need to shut down operations to clean the membrane.
"We can reduce the amount of bacteria that starts growing so the membrane works longer," Oyanedel-Craver said. "You make it way more efficient and less expensive."
The team is also seeking environmentally friendly nanoparticles composed of materials readily available in
"She's very unique in her research, and she's very good at her research," said Abu-Dalo, who met Oyanedel-Craver at an engineering conference in 2011.
In July, Oyanedel-Craver spent 10 days in
Traveling to the facility, the signs of water shortage scarcity struck the professor, as did the geopolitical tussles that contribute to them. As a result, Jordanians use about 20 gallons of water per day, five times less than Americans.
"I knew about the problems in
Jordanian researchers also gained an American perspective, especially from URI civil and environmental engineering graduate student
"Going places with a purpose is really important to me," said Grinham, who has been to 30 countries through her studies and personal travel. "With the Syrian refugees,
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