Inventors are inspirational. Deepika Kurup is an inventor, a scientist, and a clean water advocate. She invented a method to inexpensively purify water using sunlight. It is a solar-powered water purification system.
Deepika Kurup was born on April 12, 1998 in Nashua, New Hampshire. She has a younger sister and currently lives in Nashua with her sister and parents. Deepika graduated from Nashua High School South. She attends Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She wants to become a neurologist.
In 2012, she entered the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist competition with her water purification invention. It uses a photocatalytic compound for water purification. She won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist honor. After improving her method for three years she developed a pervious photocatalytic composite using sand, TiO2, Portland cement, and silver nitrate. This improvement resulted in 100% inactivation of total coliform bacteria in 15 minutes. In 2014, this method won Deepika the United States Stockholm Junior Water Prize. In 2015, she won the National Geographic Google Science Fair.
Deepika Kurup is a young inventor and scientist working to become a doctor. Her work has already made an impact and worked with several organizations. Be inspired! Have a bright day!