Independent Research Paper

Research in progress for PHYS 2426: University Physics II

Faculty Mentor: Raji Kannampuzha, Ph.D.

The following paper represents research work done by students in a University Physics 2426 class, the second half of a two-semester introductory course in physics. It is a calculus-based physics course, intended primarily for physics, chemistry, math, and engineering majors. Students are introduced to the concept of academic research by learning to ask research-focused questions and then use the library resources to pursue outside research to find answers. For this assignment, students are asked to investigate a physical science, biological science, or technology problem or topic of their choice by searching the academic literature and then writing a research paper. They are asked to include at least one professional journal article in the references, and the provided rubric contains the same requirements of any professional science journal. In addition, students are required to complete two peer reviews of the paper draft. This helps them see other students’ work and get constructive criticism from their peers before they submit the final paper.

In the following paper, Noor Khan assesses the impact of nanotechnology in water purification. She also mentions pollution and its effect on the clean drinking water supply. Khan investigates two different processes used in water purification: electro-spinning with carbon nanotubes and photocatalysis. She also compares the advantages, disadvantages, and cost for each of these processes with traditional purification processes. The use of nano-fibrous filters to purify water samples at a faster rate suggests the possibility of utilizing this new process to better our water purification process. Even though it has its challenges, it is a promising technology that can be adapted in water purification.

Author Abstract

Water is one of the most precious resources humans take for granted on Earth. Although it covers at least 70% of the planet, only an incredibly small portion of that is clean and drinkable. As the years go by, we have seen a devastating amount of water pollution in our world’s oceans, rivers, lakes, and more. Similarly, the warming of Earth has caused freshwater resources, a notable example being the polar ice caps, to melt at a higher rate and to not grow back as great as they were before. Sooner or later, if humans continue to disregard these warning signs, Earth will lose this tremendous treasure and will not be able to recover. However, struggling to find water does not have to be our future; we can reduce the possibility of running out of water through the use of nanotechnology. By substituting normal tools with nanotools, we can successfully clean and purify our water sources. Therefore, in this research report, two methods of water filtration will be assessed in order to determine if they that can be made more precise and efficient with the help of nanotechnology: the electrospinning and the photocatalysis process. Ultimately, using nanotechnology can speed up these processes and clear our water systems faster than using regular filtration processes.

Faculty Mentor

Rajasree Kannampuzha




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