Padmini Persaud

Padmini Persaud
Mentor: Dr. Katrina Indarawis
College of Engineering
"At first I wanted to gain some lab experience but as time went on I found myself developing projects of my own and becoming more involved with the independent aspects of research in contributing to the world of science and engineering."


Environmental Engineering



Research Interests

  • Chitin and Chitosan usage in coagulation
  • Reverse Osmosis membrane fouling

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2016
  • ESSIE Poster Symposium 2nd Place 2016


  • STEM Outreach


Hobbies and Interests

  • Diving

Research Description

Chitin and or Chitosan as a Pretreatment to Reverse Osmosis for Water Treatment
This project uses chitin and or chitosan to coagulate proteins found in water to reduce membrane fouling of reverse osmosis filtration systems.