Pharmaceutical contaminant removal is focus of Oct. 25 PUC Water Institute

Pharmaceutical contaminant removal will be discussed at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25 during the next presentation of Purdue University Calumet’s Water Institute lecture series.

Presenter Jorg E. Drewes, Colorado School of Mines associate director, will present and compare technologies used in removing pharmaceutical contaminants from water bodies. The lecture will be held in Room 123 of Purdue Calumet’s Powers Computer Education Building. Admission is free.

The lecture is part of The Water Institute Series: Discussions on the Frontier of Water Technology and Research Innovations.

“This seminar series is aimed at transferring cutting edge scientific knowledge about water technology and emerging contaminants to a diverse audience comprised of the technical community and the general public,” Purdue Calumet Water Institute Director, Professor and Interim Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering George Nnanna said. “

The Purdue Calumet Water Institute is an interdisciplinary, academic research arm of the university, at which researchers evaluate and develop advanced water technologies in response to public water infrastructure, environmental and economic development-related challenges of regional, national and global significance.

The Water Institute and Department of Mechanical Engineering are sponsoring the lecture series. For more information, phone 219/989-8411, or visit the Water Institute on line at

Remaining scheduled lectures, all beginning at 11 a.m. in Room 123 of the Powers Computer Education Building, are:

Friday, Nov. 11 – The development of sustainable catalytic processes for removing oxyanions from drinking water, University of Illinois Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Charles Werth; and

Thursday, Dec. 1 – Membrane Technology, Johns Hopkins University Geography and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Kai Loon Chen.