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Areas of Research: Environmental Engineering

Research on ways to improve the environment covers a wide range of technologies and approaches. Faculty involved in environmental engineering include participants in the Institute for Applied Surfactant Research, the Institute for Gas Utilization Technologies, and Bioengineering Research Institute.

  • surfactant-based separation processes to treat waste water, including micellar enhanced ultrafiltration and admicellar chromatography
  • restoration of solvent/fuel contaminated aquifers using surfactants
  • development of environmentally friendly transportation fuels and chemical feedstocks, with current emphasis on storage technologies for natural gas
  • paper and plastic deinking for recycling using surfactants
  • soil remediation by flushing with surfactants
  • development of new detergents that are benign to the environment and more effective in cold water
  • development of new heterogeneous catalytic processes for the abatement of gaseous pollutants such as CO and NOx
  • application of biotechnology to the remediation of contaminated water and soil
  • wastewater recycle, reuse, and regeneration: zero discharge cycles
  • air pollution prevention in refinery designs
  • advanced oxidation for air and water purification
  • ultrafiltration and semi-equilibrium dialysis equipment
  • two high-performance liquid chromatographs
  • ion chromatograph
  • several gas chromatographs
  • atomic absorption spectrophotometer
  • UV-visible spectrophotometer
  • IR spectrophotometer
  • two mass spectrometers
  • two ion analyzers
  • automated titration system
  • ring tensiometer
  • Wilhelmy plate tensiometer
  • bubble-pressure tensiometer
  • catalytic reactor systems
  • adsorptive storage apparatus
  • BET adsorption instrument
  • Berty gradientless reactor
  • FTIR with accessories
  • liquid and gel permeation chromatographs
  • fermentation bioreactor
  • autoclave
  • biological safety hood
  • equipment for breaking cell membranes by sonication
  • high speed centrifuge