Clean Challenge semi-finalists Simon Fowler, Emilio Molina and Esteban Rodriquez-Ariza propose building a solar-powered, point-of-use water filtration system. Using a unique method of magnetic photocatalyst recycling, the system will purify water of organic contaminants using only energy from the sun.
The team imagines an inexpensive, efficient and sustainable filtration device for use in buildings as diverse as hospitals and homes.
In the wake of their successful pitch, the team plans to use their $5,000 in development funds to purchase materials, develop their technology, test the system and build a prototype. A clean technology such as this could change the way we process municipal waste water at a massive scale, leading to fewer chemical pollutants in ecosystems and ground water supplies.
Simon Fowler, Grad Student, Physics
Emilio Molina, Undergraduate, Mechanical Engineering
Esteban Rodriquez-Ariza, Undergraduate, Chemistry
Dr. Jun Jiao, Professor, Materials Science, Faculty Adviser