Hao Tang, assistant professor of environmental engineering in the Chemistry Department, was selected to receive the Predominantly Undergraduate Institution fund of the Gordon Research Conference to attend the GRC conference on Water Disinfection, Byproducts, and Health at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts, from July 28 to August 2, 2019.
The conference seeks solutions to emerging issues of water disinfection byproducts using advanced multidisciplinary approaches.
Tang gave a poster presentation titled “Impacts of shale gas production wastewater on disinfection byproduct formation and a potential solution” at the conference. As a result of the rapid development of shale gas extraction, increased bromide levels have been reported in surface waters in Pennsylvania and jeopardize waterways. Tang’s research systematically investigated the impacts of both bromide and non-bromide ions on disinfection byproduct (DBP) formation and demonstrated electrolysis as a potential technology to minimize the impact of bromide on DBPs.
More than 150 scholars from worldwide attended this conference.