"I applied to the University Scholars program to gain cutting edge research experience in an Environmental Engineering field that I am passionate about. The opportunity to work with Dr. Wu and Dr. Li, as an undergraduate student, has inspired me to remain in academics for graduate studies in order to further educate myself to the level where I can make a significant and monumental contributions to air filtration. The guidance that I have received from my advisor and his post-doctoral student has contributed not only to my productivity in the lab, but also to my enjoyment of research as a future lifestyle, beyond the university scholars program."
Air pollution control system and process ,Aerosol science, Solid and hazardous waste management and design.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Biology Award - Honors Convocation (2008)
- Presidential Award Community Service (2008)
- Society of Environmental Engineers
- Air and Waste Management Association
- American Water Resource Association
- Air and Waste Management Association Photography Club
Hobbies and Interests
Bioaerosol Removal through Electrostatic Filtration
Bioaerosol Removal through Electrostatic Filtration My research goal is to develop a novel system by passing electricity through the filter, to increase efficiency in collecting the bioaerosols and also to inactivate them. The capture of the bioaerosol is a combination of the electrostatic mechanics and the diffusion and interception. Meanwhile, joule heating can inactivate the collected microorganisms. The importance of having this alteration to a conventional filter is to allow enhanced collection and inactivation. The specific objective of this work is to compare the use of transmitting electricity through a conventional filter sandwiched with conductive support layers compared with a filter without such treatment in order; to observe the efficiency that this technology has and the advantages/disadvantages that it may have over other filters to ensure desired functions. I will use a conventional filter induced with different electrical current intensities, to determine the efficiency related to the intensity and also to compare it without the electrical current. I have had the opportunity to work in Dr. Chang-Yu Wu’s lab and understand how a conventional filter works. The bioaersol first will go through a nebulizer followed by a dilution dryer to remove excess moisture. The temperature and pressure are also adjusted to the desired levels. Then the air will go through the filter where the particles will be collected. If some of them are still alive, we can inactivate them by joule heating. Finally, the air would go to the biosampler downstream where it identifies concentration of microorganisms. Combining the above data will allow evaluation of the effectiveness of control measures. The goal of this research is to design and implement a technology that can increase the efficiency of filtration and reduce health effects and protect our world from bioterrorism.