ERIE-REU

Assessing the potential of algae-derived biomolecules to form disinfection byproducts

Advisor: Dr. Ning Dai (Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering)
Other Mentors: none
Primary Activities: Laboratory work

Project Summary: Harmful algal bloom is threatening freshwater supplies in the Great Lakes region as well as the rest of the nation. The goal of this project is to assess the potential of algae-derived biomolecules to form disinfection byproducts. The REU student will learn the basics of analyzing trace organic contaminants with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and a total nitrosamine assay. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to conduct bench-top disinfection experiments with different disinfectants, including chlorine, chloramine, and ozone.

Skills/Courses Recommended: Basic knowledge of chemistry
Anticipated Conference Presentation(s): Great Lake Research Consortium

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