Deepika Kurup: A young scientist's quest for clean water
Water is the basis of life, and too many people around the world suffer from waterborne illnesses. Deepika Kurup is working to change that. Full bio
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travel across the world,
country of India.
for its scorching heat and humidity.
is to drink plenty of water.
to only drink boiled or bottled water,
and easily get clean, potable water,
in the busy streets of India,
from streams on the roadside.
why these kids lacked water,
is covered in water,
of that is freshwater,
of Earth's freshwater supply
and economic growth,
are rapidly depleting.
World Health Organization,
is a leading cause of death
in developing countries,
a water-related disease.
one summer in eighth grade,
to combine my passion
into a laboratory.
my kitchen into a laboratory,
and kicked me out.
on water-related research,
in developing countries,
are filled with contaminated water
for six to eight hours.
of these harmful pathogens
when it's cloudy.
the SODIS process faster,
that speeds up a reaction.
this solar disinfection process.
and strikes a photocatalyst,
really reactive oxygen species,
and hydroxyl radicals.
from drinking water.
there are several disadvantages
is currently deployed.
the clear plastic bottles
with this photocatalytic coating.
on the inside of these bottles,
some of the UV radiation
of the process.
to the plastic bottle,
and people end up drinking the catalyst.
if you keep drinking the catalyst,
to continue to replenish it,
to overcome the disadvantages
method of purifying water.
science fair project
for water purification.
titanium dioxide with cement.
into several different shapes,
versatile range of deployment methods.
inside water bottles for individual use
that can filter water for families.
of an existing water tank
over a longer period of time.
to a sophisticated laboratory.
in pursuing scientific research
the global water crisis.
just the universal solvent.
on this science fair project from 2012
into the real world.
I founded Catalyst for World Water,
solutions to the global water crisis.
can't do much,
come together to form oceans,
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERDeepika Kurup - Inventor, student scientist
Water is the basis of life, and too many people around the world suffer from waterborne illnesses. Deepika Kurup is working to change that.
Why you should listen
Deepika Kurup is a scientist, speaker, social entrepreneur and student at Harvard University. She has been passionate about solving the global water crisis ever since she was in middle school. After witnessing children in India drinking dirty water, Kurup developed a water purification system that harnesses solar energy to remove contaminants from water.
Recognized as "America’s Top Young Scientist" in 2012, Kurup won the grand prize in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. In 2014 she was honored with the "United States President's Environmental Youth Award" and represented the United States in Stockholm, Sweden at the international Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Most recently Kurup was named one of the Forbes' "30 Under 30: Energy" and was the National Geographic Explorer Award Winner in the 2015 Google Science Fair. She attended the 2016 (and 2013) White House Science Fair. Currently she is CEO and founder Catalyst for World Water, a social enterprise aimed at deploying the technology she developed in water-scarce areas.
Along with research, Kurup is passionate about STEM education, and she feels that STEM education has the power to revolutionize the world. In her free time, she enjoys giving talks and writing articles to encourage students all around the world to pursue science, technology, engineering and math, and to increase awareness of the global water crisis. She has been invited to speak at schools, international conferences and the United Nations.
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