Wide Scale Use of Cellular and Smart Concrete

Aim to increase use of industrial use of cellular concrete and smart concrete. There has been a lot of research on these materials but still they lack large scale industrial use. We want to create awareness about these materials and try to bring them intolarge scale use.
They will be very cost efficient only if they have a large demand from the market.
We would approach the industry to try and understand why they may not want to use these materials. We aim to understand these issues and work to make these materials more user friendly.
We would like to perform practical experiments to tackle these issues and then verify the results to make it work for them. |

Geo-Derived Materials for the Removal of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

Per- and polyfluoroalkyal substances (PFAS) are a class of emerging pollutants that are widely found in surface water, groundwater, and wastewater throughout the world. A recent survey reported the detection of PFAS in public water supplies in 33 states in the United States. Removal of PFAS represents a special challenge for water/wastewater treatment due to their unique chemical/physical properties such as high water solubility, high stability of C-F bond, and varied carbon chain lengths. This project focuses on the development of highly efficient and low-cost water filtration materials for the adsorptive removal of PFAS. Specifically, we will prepare and evaluate a suite of geo-derived materials that exhibit positive charge and strong interaction with PFAS. Batch experiments will be performed to elucidate the adsorption capacity and mechanism under environmentally relevant conditions. Results will provide insights into the development of a practical and sustainable water treatment technology.

Divergent Fates: Tree Intuiting Chair: graft

This project aims to explore the existence and experience of things, not through a human lens, but through their own unique phenomenology. In a larger body of work, our goal is to examine the separate possible lives a tree can live out when acted upon by humans, changing into furniture, paper, and sometimes back again, through the lens of the objects themselves (the three architypes: tree, chair, and paper). With this project we ask: if a Tree was to intuit a Chair, what would it be like? By growing and shaping trees into chairs, through a process of bending and grafting young trees, this piece imagines the Tree's conception and understanding of the Chair. Over the course of 4-5 years, we are growing a number of chairs from saplings at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, to produce usable sculptures. As a long term Artist in Residence, in March 2019 I've planted 34 saplings of the species Poplus Tremeloides and Quaking Aspen in patterns defining the chair designs, grafted multiple branches, built supports and started bending trees into the chair shapes. We will document the process and finished sculptures and utilize this documentation in exhibitions of the larger Divergent Fates project. |