The UCF student team has been selected for 14th Annual P3 Award (Phase I): A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The project title is “A Noble 2D MoS2 Sponge Oil-Water Separator (MDSOS)”. This technology proposes to curb water pollution by creating an oil-water separator. This technology will lead to cleaner surface water and can be used for oil spill remediation. Dr. Woo Hyoung Lee, P.E. (CECE) will direct the project as a PI. 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:  Hernan Sabau (CECE), Kelsey Rodriguez Doran (CECE), Dianne Mercado (Biotechnology), Conner Thompson (Biomedical Science), one graduate student: Md Ashraful Islam (Electrical Engineering), and one post-doctoral associate: Dr. Taejun Ko (NanoScience Technology Center). The UCF team will bring the design to the P3 National Sustainable Design Expo in DC in April 7-8, 2018 (

The P3 competition highlights the use of scientific principle in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Award program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity and protection of the planet – people, prosperity, and the planet. More details about the P3 Program can be found on the P3 website ( ).