FURI | Summer 2023

3D Printing of Membranes with Bioinspired Porous Structures for Water Treatment

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With limited water resources readily available it is pertinent to discover new ways of filtering water to provide clean water resources to communities. To filter water more efficiently, crosslinked liquid crystals leave pores after exposure to light creating high hierarchical porous structures. These pores are then categorized through image processing which can measure the area, diameter, direction, and porosity. The purpose of this project is to achieve selective filtration of particles in the field of water treatment.

Student researcher

Emily Ann Hudson

Chemical engineering

Hometown: Chandler, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Fall 2023