Assessing Novel Disinfectants for Membrane-based Wastewater Reuse Systems

Dr. Dai collecting samples for a pilot-scale project evaluating new wastewater disinfectants.

Students with interests in engineering and chemistry are welcome to participate in this project to enable safe and efficient wastewater reuse through disinfection and membrane technology.

Project description

Reuse of wastewater is one of the most important strategies to tackle the global water shortage. Disinfection (e.g., chlorination) and membrane technology (e.g., reverse osmosis) both play crucial roles in the treatment of wastewater for reuse. However, there has been limited effort to optimize these two treatment processes simultaneously to maximize system efficiency. In this project, laboratory-based research activities will support the identification of novel disinfectants with high disinfection efficiency and membrane compatibility. Participating students will be guided to study cutting-edge research literature, use advanced analytical instrument, and conduct bench-scale disinfection and membrane experiments. Students will work closely with faculty and graduate student mentors and receive regular feedback for each milestone of the project.

Project outcome

The project outcomes will be summarized in a written report and a public presentation, including the research motivation, methodology, and major findings.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About a semester (3-5 months)
Start time
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration
Individual student project
Benefits Academic Credit
Who is eligible All undergraduate students who have completed general chemistry, UB EHS Laboratory Safety Training. Engineering background encouraged but not required.

Project mentor

Ning Dai

Associate Professor

Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

231 Jarvis Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4015


Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

  • Attending lab safety training
  • Reviewing general chemistry lab


Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering