Each year, the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering hosts a Rockwell Lecture, named after Elizabeth D. Rockwell in honor of her gift to establish an endowed chair for the dean of engineering. Distinguished guests each year are invited to the Cullen College to deliver this lecture.
One of this year's distinguished guests was Linda Abriola, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Tufts University, who delivered a lecture titled "Nanoparticle Transport in Subsurface Formations: Novel Characterization Tools and Emerging Pollutants" on March 1, 2016.
Abriola's lecture discussed the rapid growth of the nanotechnology industry in the U.S., which has created tremendous opportunities for the development of improved manufacturing processes, new consumer products and revolutionary medical treatments and technologies. However, as the manufacture and use of nanomaterials increases, so does the threat these materials pose to our water resources. Both the design of new characterization tools and the assessment of environmental impacts will require a deeper understanding of the processes influencing the transport and fate of nanoparticles. Abriola's presentation provided an overview of ongoing collaborative research designed to advance our understanding of nanoparticle migration and retention in the subsurface.
Click here to view photos from Abriola's Rockwell Lecture!