Glass Wins Best Presenter at Rice Undergraduate Symposium

February 8, 2022

Sarah Glass holding awardLSU Chemical Engineering senior Sarah Glass was recently honored with the Best Presenter award at the Rice University Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium.

The Algonquin, Ill.-native delivered a 15-minute presentation titled, “On-Site H202 Generation for Water Reuse Treatment Systems,” displaying research she conducted with LSU Chemical Engineering Professor Kevin McPeak. It was her first time attending and presenting at the symposium.

“This project focuses on the use of a titanium dioxide and gold nanoparticle heterojunction to generate hydrogen peroxide for use in a water reuse treatment plant,” Glass said. “In a water resue process, H2O2 is often added in batch. Since this can be expensive, we instead utilize the nanoparticle heterojunction and UV light to generate H2O2 on site, lowering direct costs.”

Glass will graduate LSU in May 2022 and then attend Rice University as a doctoral candidate in the fall. She has been accepted into both its environmental engineering and chemical engineering PhD programs.

“Right now, I am motivated to make a career in research and academia,” she said. “I am passionate about water usage within the U.S. and internationally because access to clean, usable water is an issue in communities worldwide. I am excited to see what the future holds for me, and I hope to make an impact in an area in dire need of solutions.”

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