Development of Synthetically Engineered Sorbent Materials for Waterborne Contaminants

Journal of Material Sciences & Engineering

ISSN: 2169-0022

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Development of Synthetically Engineered Sorbent Materials for Waterborne Contaminants

2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Materials Science & Engineering

October 07-09, 2013 Hampton Inn Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Lee D. Wilson

Accepted Abstracts: J Material Sci

Abstract :

Recent studies have shown the utility of copolymer sorbent materials based on cross-linked polysaccharide scaffolds. Polysaccharide scaffolds represent a versatile scaffold for the design of sorbent materials because of their interesting host- guest chemistry. Synthetic engineering through chemical cross-linking offers a modular strategy for copolymer sorbent materials with tunable structural and physiochemical properties. In this presentation, an overview of recent research concerning the sorption properties of synthetically engineered sorbent materials and waterborne contaminants will be reviewed. The results of this research are anticipated to contribute favourably to technology concerning sorptive based removal of water borne contaminants and chemical separations.

Biography :

Lee D. Wilson (Ph.D.-chemistry) is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan. He specializes in Physical Chemistry and Materials Science and is currently researching the development of new types of materials (e.g., molecular sponges) that will have a tremendous impact on areas such as the environment, biotechnology, medicine, chemical delivery/separation systems, and membrane materials for water purification. This research will be of great importance to Aboriginal communities in Canada that suffer from water quality and health issues and require point-of-use treatment strategies. Wilson completed a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan (1998) becoming the first MÚtis student to earn such a degree. Wilson is the recipient of several scientific and community awards including the Governor General?s Gold Medal in the Physical Sciences & Engineering, 2004 National Aboriginal Achievement Award (Science and Technology), and the Saskatchewan 2006 Centennial Medal. In 2008, Wilson was nominated as ?Scientist of the Month? by the Saskatchewan Science Network. Wilson has provided mentorship and inspiration to Aboriginal youth through the Innovators in the Schools Program, Canadian Aboriginal Science & Technology Society, and has developed science programs and camps for Aboriginal students at the University of Saskatchewan.

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