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March 24, 2024 | Tom Ballard

News & Notes 1 | It seems like a lot is going on with a Knoxville base

Look for tomorrow's edition for news from Chattanooga, Johnson City, and Nashville.

From Knoxville:

A team from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) was one of 16 college student teams from around the country that shared $1,199,688 in funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to research and develop innovative solutions that address environmental and public health challenges.

Part of the agency’s People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3) Program, the project, titled “Cellulose-Metal Organic Frameworks Hybrid Adsorbent for PFAS Removal from Water,” was awarded $75,000 for the two-year project. The students will develop a cellulose-metal organic framework hybrid adsorbent for practical column removal process to mitigate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)-polluted waters. The results of the project will support removal and remediation of PFAS in aquatic environments. The technology will have high water stability and extremely high adsorption capacity toward both long- and short-chain PFAS.

During the second year of the award, the student teams from UTK and the 15 other universities will have the opportunity to showcase their designs at EPA’s National Student Design Expo.

Also from Knoxville:

The Knoxville Entrepreneur Center‘s monthly series with attorney Gera Grinberg returns this Thursday, March 28 from 8 to 10 a.m. EDT. Taking the “hot seat” for a one-minute pitch with a lively Q&A from Grinberg and attendees will be Siobian Jones, Founder of the Mighty Wig. To register, click here.

From Lenoir City:

The “Tennessee Beneficial Electrification Leadership Summit” will be held this Thursday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT at the Lenoir City Utilities Board building in Lenoir City.

According to the announcement, “While the concept of beneficial electrification is appealing, the question remains – how do we implement? This meeting will bring together stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds to discuss next steps to meeting both challenges and opportunities provided by advancements in electric technology.” The event will cover topics such as funding and assistance opportunities for electric infrastructure and other energy tech projects.

The agenda can be found here, and a link to registration is available here.

  • The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council, the champion of Tennessee’s advanced energy economy, has issued a hold the date for its annual “Opportunities in Energy” program. The event will be November 19, presumably in Knoxville where it has been held since the launch a number of years ago.
  • The Knoxville Technology Council has announced that planning is underway for the organization’s two largest events of the year. The “Women in Tech Expo” will be held on September 19, and the “KTech Pulse: Technology Summit” nopt quite two months later on November 7. Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available.

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