Dr. Daniel McCurry received a grant from the NSF Division of Chemistry to study the fate of parabens, which are common preservative chemicals used in personal care products, during recycling of greywater. The grant, in collaboration with Drs. John Sivey and Keith Reber at Towson University in Maryland, will be used to study how parabens react with common disinfectants used during water treatment and reuse, to understand both paraben removal and potential byproduct formation. As part of the project, a student from Towson (a primarily undergraduate institution) will be hosted at USC for a summer research internship, and a PhD student from USC will visit Towson for a two-week teaching and mentorship session.
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