RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION WITH BIOCHAR PRODUCTION AND APPLICATION (REGEN+BIOCHAR)
REGen intends to demonstrate the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of on-the-farm conversion of agricultural biomass (residue and waste) into energy and soil amendment, while applying biochar as a beneficial soils additive to improve agricultural production and reducing water consumption in environmentally and economically beneficial ways, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Ammonia Removal During Solid Waste Anaerobic Digestion Increasing Energy Generation and Reactive Nitrogen Recovery
The proposed process will recover ammonia during anaerobic digestion using membrane technology thereby significantly increasing digester energy production and retaining the fertilizer value of the digester effluent.
Keratin-Based Adsorbents for Removal of Heavy Metals from Water
Keratin-based adsorbents were synthesized from chicken feathers and used as an adsorbent material for the removal of heavy metals from water. They were incorporated into a sand bed for at-source treatment of drinking water. We see possible application of this technology in countries with developing economies.
Low-Cost Active Coated (LAC) Wood Mulch for Urban Runoff Pollution Control
This project aims to synthesize, characterize and test a novel filter media, i.e. low-cost active coated (LAC) wood mulch for retention of multiple urban runoff contaminants. The new media is composed of an adsorbent coating (water treatment residuals (an industrial waste) and biochar) and wood mulch as a supporter.
Recovery of Rare Earth Permanent Magnets for Reuse
This project aims to develop an industrial scale technology for profitably recovering and reusing rare earth permanent magnets (REPMs) to maximize rare earth resource efficiency. Focus will be put on recovering from motors and hard disk drives, and on exploring options of reprocessing recovered REPMs.
Developing Sustainable Pollinator Gardens for Habitat, Water Conservation and Education
The primary goal of this project is educating students and citizenry about sustainability by creating sustainable pollinator gardens on campus that can serve as observatories and laboratories as well as beautiful habitats. We will provide outreach to the community so they can learn how to conserve and restore habitat.
Electrically Regenerated Ion-Exchange (ERI) Technology for Nitrate Removal from Groundwater
Electrically regenerated ion-exchange (ERI) operates with two repeating steps to treat nitrate-contaminated groundwater for drinking purposes. In step 1, nitrate is removed using a novel electrode to produce nitrate-free water. In step 2, electrodes are electrically regenerated to create waste (reject) brine, and prepare electrodes for reuse in step 1.
Smart and Connected Residential Water Quality Community
This project aims to address the great void in water quality information at the household level through the development of easy, inexpensive and internet-connected probes that will create a connected community of users and water utilities.
From Physical To Virtual: Optimizing the Apparel Product Development Process to Reduce Solid Waste in Apparel Production. Development and testing of a hybrid MISi/3D Prototyping system.
Our project proposes that waste reduction in apparel production can be achieved through increased efficiency in the product development phase through the development of 3D technology that utilizes MSI data. This is a university student project.
Microwaves for managing weeds
New method of microwave transmission that can be used to effectively manage weeds. As there is a shift away from herbicides due to environmental concerns and resistance development increases costs, the microwave method proposed provides a cost comparable replacement to herbicides for broad-acre farming and urban applications.