Twin Cities WRS Seminar

Nanotechnology for Clean Water


Dr. Abdennour Abbas
Dept. of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering

October 6, 2017


The availability of clean water is one of the biggest challenges facing the global community today. Water can be contaminated with harmful microorganisms, chemicals, heavy metals and nutrients. In my upcoming talk, I will present our recent research in using nanotechnology to develop cheap and efficient technologies to rapidly clean water from mercury that causes fish contamination and phosphorus that causes algal bloom.

Dr. Abdennour Abbas is an Assistant Professor of Bionanotechnology and director of the Biosensors and Bionanaotechnology Laboratory at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities since 2013. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Physical Chemistry of Biological systems from the University of Lille (France). He is the winner of the 2013 MIT Technology Review Award for the Top 10 innovators under the age of 35. Prior to his current position, he held research positions at the University of California and Washington University in Saint Louis. His current research focuses on using nanotechnology for rapid microbial diagnostics and clean water technologies.