UNC Superfund Research Program News

UNC SRP researchers highlighted by NIH

Fernando Pardo Manuel de Villena, PhD, UNC SRP Project 2 leader, and trainees were highlighted in a Recent Highlights article published by the National Institute of Health Office of Research Infrastructure Programs. Dr. Pardo Manuel de Villena speaks to the importance of reproducibility in research and reflects on rodent models as critical genetic tools in... Read more »

Assessing environmental health literacy through a well water lens

A recent study by Kathleen Gray, PhD, leader of the UNC SRP’s Community Engagement Core (CEC), and researchers from the University of Arizona Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center and the University of Kentucky Department of Preventative Medicine and Environmental Health, used toxic metals contamination of well water as the basis for exploring factors that influence... Read more »

Don't judge water by its clarity

Mikayla Armstrong, UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering Graduate trainee, UNC SRP Project 5 In 2020, Consumer Reports detected high levels of arsenic in several brands of bottled water. Their reporting highlighted an interesting (and concerning) aspect of water quality—clear and seemingly clean water can be deceptively contaminated.   Even when water is clear,... Read more »

UNC SRP Trainee highlighted for multidisciplinary expertise

  Royster Fellow, SRP trainee, and doctoral student Riley Vickers is bringing his expertise to a multidisciplinary team developing new water purification filters. His dissertation aims to improve synthetic membranes for water treatment using molecular-scale modeling. Click here to read full article

Where water filters meet computer modeling: Developing molecular simulations to improve in-home filtration systems

UNC SRP’s Project 5 is focused on identifying ways membrane systems can be better designed and implemented to improve arsenic removal and disposal methods. “Clarifying the fundamental mechanisms required for a membrane to separate arsenic from water is integral to designing new membranes that improve membrane treatment outcomes,” according to Orlando Coronell, PhD, Project 5... Read more »