After one-year of EPA P3 Phase I research, the UCF student team finally received the Phase II award for the 14th Annual EPA P3 Award. The EPA P3 Program is an annual-based unique national student design competition for designing solutions for a sustainable future focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) supported by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The P3 award is nationally highly competitive with selection of typical 20 awards for Phase I and only 3 awards for Phase II per year.

The project title is “A Noble 2D MoS2 Sponge Oil-Water Separator (MDSOS)”. Since Phase I, the MDSOS technology has been improved to develop cost-effective and reliable oil-water separation using superhydrophobic MoS2 sponge. This technology will lead to cleaner surface water and can be used for oil spill remediation. Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee, P.E. (CECE) has been a PI and Dr. Yeonwoong Jung (NanoScience Technology Center) and Dr. Jae-Hoon Hwang (CECE) are co-PIs of the project. An interdisciplinary student team consists of four undergraduate students: Kelsey Rodriguez Doran (CECE), Dwight Davis (Undergraduate), Dianne Mercado (Biotechnology), and Conner Thompson (Biomedical Science) and one post-doctoral associate: Dr. Taejun Ko (NanoScience Technology Center).

More details about the P3 Program can be found on the P3 website (http://www.epa.gov/p3/ ).