Environmental Engineering


Environmental Engineering has evolved from focusing on treating industrial and municipal air and water emissions, to pollution prevention and to providing clean drinking water.   Department researchers are working on innovative ways to re-mediate polluted sites, to reduce and prevent pollution, to develop cleaner and more sustainable energy sources, and to treat water.  Department researchers are focused on making our planet healthier and cleaner and are integrating biotechnology with traditional chemical engineering.  Specific areas of research include:

  • Bio-remediation of contaminated industrial sites;
  • carbon dioxide mitigation, capture and storage;
  • clean and sustainable energy for the protection of air, soil and water environments (examples are bio-fuels, biomass processing and pre-processing, fuel cells and hydrogen production, gasification and syn-gas conversion, microbial technology for bio-methane and bio-hydrogen generation);
  • physical, chemical and biological treatments for air pollution control and water pollution control;
  • pollution prevention, life cycle analysis and green engineering for industries;
  • solid waste management for resource recovery;
  • water treatment technologies to provide clean drinking water

Our world renowned and respected researchers are fully engaged in projects and work to develop innovative, sustainable solutions to improve, to sustain and to preserve our environment.

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Researcher Research Interest

Susan A. Baldwin
Bioprocess Engineering, Anaerobic Fermentation, Bioremediation, Reactor Modeling, Biochemical Reaction Modeling, Reaction Kinetics

Xiaotao Bi
Fluidization, Reactor Design, Electrostatics, PEM Fuel Cells, Pollution Control, Biomass Processing, Green Engineering

Naoko Ellis
Fluidization and Multiphase Systems, Biomass Utilization, CO2 Capture, Transdisciplinary Research and Learning

E. Johan Foster
Bioproducts, Cellulose Nanomaterials, Polymers, Biomaterials, Biomedical Devices, Fibers

John M. Frostad
 Interfacial Phenomena, Functional Foods, Emulsions and Foams, Novel Instrumentation, Complex Fluids

Előd Gyenge
Electrochemical Engineering and Electrocatalysis, Fuel Cells, Batteries, Porous Electrodes, Interfacial Phenomena

Anthony Lau
Organic waste-to-resource recovery and recycling, Biomass feedstock engineering, Bioconversion processes and systems, Composting, Anaerobic digestion, Odor control

Jim Lim
Biomass and fossil fuels; Spouted bed; Gas-particle system hydrodynamics, heat transfer; Hydrogen production

Madjid Mohseni
Drinking water quality, Advanced oxidation, UV based water treatment and purification, Ion exchange processes, Biological drinking water treatment, Electrochemical water treatment processes

Kevin Smith
Catalysis and kinetics focused on residue oil upgrading, natural gas upgrading, methane conversion and syngas conversion

Fariborz Taghipour
Artificial Photosynthesis, Solar Fuels, UV Photoreactors, Photo-Activated Sensors, Modeling of Chemical and Biochemical Reactors, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Chester Upham
Heterogeneous catalysis, clean energy, CO2-free chemical conversion, GHGs-to-fuels

David P. Wilkinson
Electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, electrochemical power sources, hydrogen production and storage, electrosynthesis, waste water and drinking water treatment, solar fuels, carbon dioxide and nitrogen conversion, clean and sustainable energy and water

Vikramaditya G. Yadav
Biocatalysis, Bioremediation, Bioprocess engineering, Drug delivery, Infectious disease pathogenesis & drug discovery, Green chemistry, Medical biotechnology, Metabolic engineering, Synthetic biology, Tissue engineering