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Discovery Learning Program CU College of Engineering

All projects in the Public Health and Sustainability Laboratory support the theme of protecting public health through water supply and pollution control. In recent years this charter has been expanded to include aerosol exposures and the broader context of environmental engineering.

current projects

Adsorption of Micropollutants from Natural Waters ― Renewed interest in micropollutant removal from natural waters by activated carbon has occurred. However, the impact of backwashing and desorption have not been evaluated.

Filtròn: An Appropriate Technology for Drinking Water ―The Filtròn is a colloidal silver-impregnated ceramic filter for use in developing countries. This Engineering for Developing Communities study is investigating the performance of the Filtròn by testing the effectiveness under different water quality conditions. The effectiveness of the Filtròn is attributed to the micro-pores in the ceramic that are small enough to exclude microbial pathogen passage, and by the colloidal silver coating which can inactivate microorganisms and prevent their re-growth in the filter. The long-term effectiveness of both mechanisms is being evaluated.

Determining the Stability of Nascent and Supercritically Dried Airborne Measles Virus for Needleless Vaccine Delivery ― This project focuses on the development of an aerosol-based vaccine delivery system using live measles virus (vaccine strain) and may be extended to include influenza and hepatitis. Over the last year, this “subproject” was part of the verification phase of a $19.2 million Gates “Grand Challenge in Global Health” grant to stabilize vaccines over multi-year periods without refrigeration or liquid reconstitution.

Woman in white lab coat works in hooded lab area

Lowry Lindsay studies next-generation viral vaccines in the biosafety level II laboratory.


Mark Hernandez

Scott Summers

Angela Bielefeldt