Presenter Information

Satish Myneni, Princeton University

Start Date

26-3-2019 4:00 PM

End Date

26-3-2019 5:00 PM

Abstract

Many of the world’s natural surface and groundwater resources are getting contaminated with an increasing number of manmade chemicals, which include farm and household insecticides, industrial pollutants, and pharmaceuticals. As the sizes of potable water bodies are decreasing steeply, it is warranted that we find economic ways to preserve, and purify the available water resources. In this presentation, a discussion on two of the naturally occurring and most widespread contaminants in the world and their human exposure, how one of these contaminants contributed possibly to a collapse of a thriving ancient civilization and the lessons one can learn from these, and the development of novel nano technologies in the purification of water resources that contain these contaminants.

Biography

Satish Myneni is an environmental geochemist in the Department of Geosciences. He received his masters degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology (India), and Ph.D from The Ohio State University. His research focuses on the chemistry of pollutants and nutrients in soils and aquatic systems. More about his research can be found at myneni.princeton.edu.

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Many of the world’s natural surface and groundwater resources are getting contaminated with an increasing number of manmade chemicals, which include farm and household insecticides, industrial pollutants, and pharmaceuticals. As the sizes of potable water bodies are decreasing steeply, it is warranted that we find economic ways to preserve, and purify the available water resources. In this presentation, a discussion on two of the naturally occurring and most widespread contaminants in the world and their human exposure, how one of these contaminants contributed possibly to a collapse of a thriving ancient civilization and the lessons one can learn from these, and the development of novel nano technologies in the purification of water resources that contain these contaminants.