Efficient Solar-Driven Water Desalination Based on Nanomaterial Design

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD team photo
Our project brings a diverse group of young engineers and scientists together to create a more sustainable way of desalinating water by creating 3D porous nanomaterials and designing solar still based on localized heating and evaporation.

The student team consists of four undergraduate students: Pascal Britton (Chemistry), Phillip Hauck (Chemistry), Bella Peryra (Civil and Environmental Engineering), and Shelby Solem (Chemical Engineering and Chemistry).

EPA P3 Video Presentation

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Efficient Solar-Driven Water Desalination Based on Nanomaterial Design poster

Our project brings a diverse group of young engineers and scientists together to create a more sustainable way of desalinating water by creating 3D porous nanomaterials and designing solar still based on localized heating and evaporation. The proposed project will take an innovative approach of solar-driven vapor generation by developing fabrics composed strong solar absorber and microstructures. The material enables highly efficient water evaporation under 1 sun by localized heating and evaporation without additional energy input. A prototype solar still apparatus based on the fabrics will demonstrate a viable and “green” way to supply fresh water in small and remote communities.