Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT)

A joint effort by Rice University, Arizona State University, University of Texas at El Paso and Yale University, the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) is the first national center to develop next-generation water treatment systems enabled by nanotechnology. 

Our vision is to enable access to suitable water almost anywhere in the world by developing next-generation high-performance, easy-to-deploy drinking water and industrial wastewater treatment systems enabled by nanotechnology. NEWT’s technologies will safely exploit the unique properties of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) to treat water using less chemicals, less electricity and smaller reactors than current technologies, enable re-use or regeneration of ENMs to decrease treatment costs, and use interchangeable treatment modules to accommodate different feed-water quality and treatment objectives.

The center research will have direct impact on a fundamental necessity for life – water, which is also a critical resource for economic and social development, and intricately connected to energy production. Through its fundamental and transformative research as well as innovative educational programs, NEWT will also educate the next-generation workforce to be creative, versatile leaders in the burgeoning industry of sustainable technologies for water treatment.