Hometown: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Graduation date: Spring 2021
FURI | Spring 2021
Reducing Air Pollutants and Analyzing the Products of Nitric Oxide Conversion Over Photocatalytic Cementitious MaterialsSocietal development has created a significant rise in air pollutants, resulting in the need for a system that can assist in its reduction. Titanium dioxide, a photocatalytic material that is known to have depolluting capabilities, may be incorporated in or on concrete structures and used as a passive system for depollution. The purpose of this research is to investigate the reactions of nitrogen-containing air pollutants over photocatalytic cementitious materials. This will provide a benefit to future urbanization advancement, as understanding the potential chemical transformations of the original air pollutants over these modified surfaces can help to minimize the formation of more harmful air pollutants.
Mentor: Jean Andino
Sponsored project | Spring 2021
W. L. Gore & Associates is a uniquely creative, product leadership enterprise that has served a variety of global markets for 60 years, and provides innovative solutions that its associates stand behind. Gore established funds to support undergraduate students in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative program and graduate students in the Master’s Opportunity for Research in Engineering program, and values student-driven research and developing relationships with students in the programs.
Why did you choose to get involved in FURI?
I was able to get involved in FURI with the encouragement of my professor, Dr. Jean Andino. The program would be a unique opportunity for me, and it was an exciting thought to be a part of meaningful research on a subject that I had recently found to be of great interest. Being accepted allowed me to gain a new and significant experience, in addition to expanding my ability in problem-solving and independent work.
How will your engineering research project impact the world?
My research project will be impactful because it investigates a passive solution for tackling air pollution and examines whether using photocatalytic materials in this process truly has the desired depolluting effects. This type of exploration has become crucial as we continue to tackle the effects of global emissions and climate change.
How did receiving this sponsorship contribute to your project?
The sponsorship made an incredible difference in my research because it allowed me to find equipment specific to my research needs. The sensor I was able to get allowed me to collect and analyze data that I would not have been able to obtain otherwise and provided me with some of the most important information from my project.
Why should other students get involved in FURI?
This is a fantastic way to apply what is being learned in class that is on a subject that you are passionate about. You have considerable freedom in what you can accomplish with the potential to really make an impact in our world while gaining experience that you will not find in any classroom. More importantly, it gives you a chance to expand your knowledge and develop skills that you can be proud of.