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Antifragility proposed as a new approach to water treatment by URI professor - URI Today

Last updated Tuesday, January 4, 2022 10:43 ET , Source: NewsService

KINGSTON, R.I. – January 4, 2022 – There has been increased emphasis on the resilience of drinking water in recent years due to concerns over extreme events affecting water quality.

Joseph Goodwill, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Rhode Island, has been conducting research on water treatment methods that move beyond resilience and actually improve the quality of water during difficult times.

“I thought of an antifragile approach to water treatment in which our water systems could include technology that will improve performance under volatility,” said Goodwill. “It’s different than resilience. Resilience is when you experience volatility or stress and you either bend, but don’t break, or you break, but then recover quickly. Something that is antifragile gets better under that same volatility or stress.”

Goodwill’s research earned him a Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Investigator Award, which highlights up-and-coming researchers who have been identified as having the potential to influence future directions in water research and technology. As a nominee, Goodwill was invited to submit a manuscript for peer review. His paper, “Moving Beyond Resilience by Considering Antifragility in Potable Water Systems,” was accepted and published in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

According to Goodwill, antifragility is a versatile approach that could apply to many...

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