- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU researchers will investigate the use of sunlight to create safe drinking water at the school’s BASF Sustainable Living Lab.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/22i1BjI) BASF selected Kevin McPeak as the first researcher at the lab, created with a $1 million donation from the company. With the lab, BASF wanted to foster problem-based teaching and research focused on sustainable solutions.

McPeak and his research group will use the lab to develop a portable water-disinfection system using visible light from the sun. Traditional water purification methods use only ultraviolet light, which makes up 5 percent of the solar spectrum. Visible light makes up more than 40 percent of the solar spectrum.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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