Relève étoile Louis-Berlinguet 
January 2019

Nariman Yousefi

PhD student in Chemical Engineering
McGill University

Award-winning publicationHierarchically porous, ultra-strong reduced graphene oxide-cellulose nanocrystal sponges for exceptional adsorption of water contaminants

Published in: Nanoscale


In Canada, the pollution of waterways is a major water safety concern. Unfortunately, current technologies in wastewater treatment plants cannot not effectively process contaminants. As part of his research project, Nariman Yousefi developed a compact and robust carbon sponge with a low ecological impact to efficiently remove a wide array of traditional and emerging contaminants, including pharmaceutical compounds, cyanotoxins, hormones and heavy metals. His discovery is a significant contribution to materials engineering for environmental applications.