Reginald Rogers — Kate Gleason College Of Engineering
Water is at the heart of many of the technologies used in society today. Whether it is for drinking supplies or serving as a material for agricultural purposes, the need for water is a constant. With the rise in the human population, however, the need for accessible clean water is a growing concern. Many sources have been overrun with pollutants that are harmful to humans and animals. Technologies to purify water have grown in number, but the rates at which new pollutants have emerged are starting to outweigh the utility of these purification systems. As such, new opportunities for developing materials for increasing the accessibility of clean water continue to be at the forefront of research.
Reginald Rogers currently has several projects which focus on developing novel nanomaterials to help improve the removal of contaminants from aqueous systems. His research group, the Nanoscale Energy and Separations Materials Lab (NESML), has a dedicated focus on the use of carbon nanomaterials for adsorption applications. His group has been able to develop a hybrid graphene-carbon nanotube freestanding paper demonstrating a 25% improvement in the adsorption uptake of organic and metallic compounds from water and has been featured in Nanoscale and ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. To demonstrate the “green” nature of this hybrid adsorbent, NESML has been able to show that higher adsorption efficiencies are attainable with modest thermal and microwave treatments. This work was highlighted in Environmental Science: Nano. In addition, Reginald’s group has demonstrated the use of carbon nanotube adsorbents in continuous flow fixed bed system, which is typically how adsorption is completed due to its efficient nature.
Beside environmental applications, Reginald also has a focus on energy applications. Currently, his research group is developing next generation cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries. This research is in collaboration with Army Research Laboratory.
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
THE KATE GLEASON COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING