Fall 2022 —  Softlight:Chemical-free technology for removing water hardness 

Project Director: Paul Westerhoff 

Westerhoff is the lead on a new $750,000 NSF/CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space) entitled: Biofilm Inhibition with Germicidal Light Side-emitted from Nano-enabled Flexible Optical Fibers in Water Systems.  The chemical-free fiber optic water treatment technology being developed by his lab and ASU startup partner H2Optic Insights will be the basis for experiments utilizing on the International Space Station.  The grant includes $400K to ASU for ground-based further technology development, and $350K to space deployment partner BioServ (University of Colorado).