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Professor Love on Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio’s Environment Report spoke with Professor Nancy Love about trace chemicals found in drinking water and about how sewage treatment plants can protect fish from the chemicals in the water.| Short Read

Love spoke with reporter Rebecca Williams about Love’s research on how environmental biotechnology and engineered water quality treatment systems can clean up trace chemicals.

“The two discussed reverse osmosis treatment systems, and Love agreed that such a system does a good job of removing many contaminants,” the Michigan Radio article states. “She said it’s often difficult to know what might be in bottled water, but if the label says ‘treated by reverse osmosis,’ it’s a sign that the water has been treated well.”

To read the full article or listen to the radio version of the drinking water story, please click here.

For the story on protecting fish, the Environment Report states that fish can be feminized by certain hormones and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in sewage.

Love told Michigan Radio the good news is that sewage treatment plants might be able to tweak technologies already in use to address this problem.

“So the question is, ‘Can we do a little more to get significantly more removal, or conversion into a compound that is not a human risk or an ecological risk?’”

To read the full article or listen to the radio version of the fish story, please click here.

The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read