Even though one team member hardly knows anything about (American) football and the other is a Houston Texans fan, “America’s Team” might be the major thing that draws brings attention to the City of Arlington, our home city that is often in the shadows of its more illustrious neighbor: Dallas.

 

We are Abolfazl ‘Zak’ Zakersalehi (International student from Tehran Iran) and Wasiu Lawal (Domestic student from Houston Texas…by way of Lagos Nigeria) and we attend the University Texas at Arlington under the guidance of Dr. Hyeok Choi, an Assistant Professor in Environmental Engineering.

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We are also probably the most unusual team at the summit given that we don’t belong to a chemistry department even though our work very much involves chemistry given our work on developing processes for the treatment of persistent organic contaminants in water using nanomaterials.

We are very excited to be part of the IDSS and we hope to learn some valuable lessons that we can take back home to Arlington.