UI Team's Technology Honored by Discover Magazine

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A team of Iowa engineers who won national recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for developing a hand-held water sanitizer to disinfect drinking water in households of poor communities around the world earlier this year, has been selected by Discover Magazine as one of its "10 Everyday Technologies that Can Change the World."

Click here to read about the UI project and the other nine technologies selected by Discover.

The magazine points out that "for the roughly 1.2 billion people lacking clean water, a bit of chlorine could go a long way toward providing it. Using two ounces of salt water and some muscle, University of Iowa engineering professor Craig Just can make enough bleach to kill the disease-causing microorganisms in five gallons of water. His trick: a hand-cranked device that generates electricity to zap water molecules, splitting them and joining them with chlorine atoms from salt. Just and his students plan to test a prototype in Ghana and Honduras next year."

In spring, the team of 15 students from the University of Iowa College of Engineering chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) won first place in the EPA's fourth annual People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3 Awards) competition.

Discover is a science magazine that publishes articles about science for a general audience.