2022 Unsolicited Research Program Update


WRF’s Unsolicited Research Program funds novel, transformative research and innovation projects that can significantly advance the science of water and increase our ability to protect and preserve water in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. This webcast will share everything you need to know to get ready for the 2022 Unsolicited Program, which will launch on January 12. In addition, researchers that were awarded grants through the 2020 Unsolicited Program will give brief presentations on their ongoing projects.


  • Introduction: Pinar Balci, NYCDEP, WRF Unsolicited Research Program Chair
  • Unsolicited Program Overview and 2022 Launch Update: Jeff Moeller, WRF
  • 2020 Unsolicited Project Presentations:
    • Use of DNA Nanostructures as Viral Surrogates in Potable Reuse Applications (5104), Daniel Gerrity, Southern Nevada Water Authority
    • Microwave Regeneration of PFAS-Exhausted Granular Activated Carbons (5103), Tanju Karanfil, Clemson University
    • Rapid Detection and Quantitation of Active Microorganisms (5100), Ameet Pinto, Georgia Tech
    • Real Time Carbon Management of Water Resource Recovery Facilities using In-Situ Bio-electrochemical Sensors (5101), Roland Cusick, University of Illinois
    • Application of Novel Method to Estimate Total PFAS Content in Water (5102), Graham Peaslee, University of Notre Dame
  • Closing Remarks: Pinar Balci