14-year-old scientist works to clean drugs out of drinking water

Maria ElenaMaria Elena Grimmett, a 14 year old who is a noted research scientist, has won awards, published articles and more on the subject of removing ground water contaminants.  As she watched pesticides being sprayed on the golf course grounds next to her house, she wondered if the contaminants could possibly get into the water system due to Florida’s shallow water table. Her research tenacity paid off with a little help from her parents, teachers, and mentors in the scientific community (including Russian scientist Dr. Vadim Davankov, whom she’s corresponded with about his invention of hypercrosslinked adsorbents).

Maria Elena Grimmett’s dream is that “water engineers will be able to remove sulfamethazine from water around the world” using her research.  Read more about her work here.

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