The principal idea of this research is to remove organic pollutants from water through the absorption of sunlight by titanium dioxide, and subsequent conversion of that energy from electrical to chemical energy, which is then capable of breaking down organic pollutants. In order to make the process more efficient, our goal is to synthesize three dimensional (3D) titanium dioxide nanostructures. In addition, we will develop a new type of solar reactor to test the effectiveness of this 3D photocatalyst for water purification. The scope of this project requires interdisciplinary knowledge involving chemical synthesis, materials characterization, and engineering design. The ASE participants will be involved in the synthesis and characterization of this novel form of photocatalyst as well as participating the building of the solar reactor. The students in this position will also have the opportunity to join some activities of the NSF funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Portland State. This program includes trainings, seminars, and regular group meetings for participants to connect with one another and share their research, as well as field trips to visit several local high-tech companies. Interns in this position will also give a formal presentation at the end of the summer and write a research paper for possible publication. To learn more, visit https://www.pdx.edu/jiao-lab/.
Female and minority students are strongly encouraged to apply this position.