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.

Faculty Mentor

Rajasree Kannampuzha




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