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Mo Payne

Mo’s thesis project is to develop and identify materials that have chemical selectivity for water. The current paradigm for water treatment involves removing contaminants, and each type of contaminant requires a different treatment process, which is time-consuming, complicated, and can be expensive. Identifying materials that select for water, rather than selecting for the contaminants, could revolutionize water treatment, making it simpler, more cost-effective, and faster. Mo has presented his research at the last three ACS spring meetings, at the Jacobson Conference, and at a symposium here on campus.