Dr. Onur Apul

Libra Assistant Professor for Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Maine

Monday, April 22, 2024 - 3:30pm

Paige Lab Room 202 or Zoom

Speaker Name and Affiliation:

Dr. Onur Apul

Libra Assistant Professor for Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Maine

Bio: Onur Apul is an Asst. Prof. and Endowed Libra Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maine. He earned his Ph.D. in 2014 in Environmental Engineering at Clemson University. In 2023, Dr. Apul received the Maine College of Engineering and Computing, Early Career Research Award and in 2021 he received the Emerging Investigator Award by Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization. His work focuses on intermolecular interactions between organic compounds and nano-scale interphases. So far, his research is backed by NSF, NASA, USGS, USDA and several other sponsors. He has published more than 75 peer-reviewed journal articles and submitted 6 patent applications to date. He has given more than 100 presentations including invited keynote lectures and invited talks at national and international meetings. He is an editor of Chemical Engineering Science and a member of Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.

Seminar Title: Modernization of Water Treatment to Embrace Water Challenges in "the Anthropocene Epoch"

Seminar Abstract: Science fiction fans of the 20th century may be disappointed because flying cars did not replace automobiles or talking robots are not our loyal butlers. But we are fully immersed in extremely sophisticated technologies in our daily lives. These technologies allow us to send video messages from our seats in an airplane over 35,000 feet flying above the Atlantic Ocean. We can cure diseases that were deadly 30 years ago or develop vaccines within months. We use highly precise gene editing tools. James Webb Space Telescope is performing high resolution and sensitive visualization of objects from the edge of the universe. The list can go on and on. However, when it comes to securing our access to safe drinking water, the technologies, and materials we rely on are outdated and inefficient. In this presentation, I will focus on recent technological advances for the water treatment industry, which aspire to contribute to efficient, safe, and sustainable water treatment in the “Anthropocene epoch”. Specifically, I will discuss: (i) thermal regeneration of PFAS-laden granular activated carbons to break the forever PFAS cycle, (ii) application of nanobubbles in water treatment, and (iii) my future research direction.

Website link: https://www.onurapul.com/


The Stockbridge Seminar Series is weekly, and features academic speakers on topics related to plant and soil sciences in agriculture. 

All Stockbridge Seminar Series events are on Mondays from 3:30pm-4:30pm, are free, and are open to members of the Stockbridge community. 

All events will be in person in Paige Lab Room 202, and will also be live-streamed at


Meeting ID: 971 0293 9495

Passcode: Seminar

Interested members of the public are welcome to join us via Zoom.


Ian Eggleston