Our lab is currently involved in the university-wide project on wastewater testing to detect COVID-19 spread in UVA dorms. This is a collaborative project with UVA’s Department of Medicine, and in particular, Dr. Amy J. Mathers, MD. Check out recent media reports here and here.
“The goal is to use the dorm wastewater as a pooled sample so that we can surveillance for COVID, as opposed to having each individual student come give us a test or have a test,”
– Prof. Peterson quoted in NBC29 news story
Our group recently published two new papers, both in Energy Conversion and Management on futuristic configurations of BECCS. The first paper does a geospatial analysis of BECCS in aquatic systems while the second assesses conversion mechanisms associated with slow pyrolysis in biomass chains.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a new $1.3 million grant to UVA researchers on decarbonizing heavy duty transportation! Prof. Peterson will collaborate in this project with ChE faculty, Prof. Epling (PI) and Prof. Dedic.
The Colosi-Peterson Lab congratulates its newest alumni on defending their doctoral dissertations! The three students who completed their PhDs are Kassie Grimes (Antibiotic Resistance), Fangwei Cheng (Energy Conversion Pathways) and Udayan Singh (Negative Emissions). Best wishes to our graduates as they begin their next phase in their careers!
The department announced its awards to students exhibiting superior academic performance in the virtual graduation ceremony on May 16. Our graduate student, Udayan Singh, received the Civil Engineering Graduate Award for Superior Research. We thank our sponsors and collaborators for continued success of our research group.
Our graduate student, Jasmin Melara, has successfully defended her MS thesis on “Is aquatic bioenergy with carbon capture and storage a sustainable negative emission technology?: Insights from a spatially explicit environmental life-cycle assessment”. Heartiest congratulations!
The UVA Sustainability Faculty Fellows have selected graduate student, Udayan Singh, for David and Joy Peyton Fellowship. This fellowship will be used to support his work on leveraging excess renewable electricity to power direct air capture (DAC)., and further strengthen our group’s portfolio on negative emissions research.
Our graduate student, Erica Loudermilk, spoke at the department seminar series. She delivered a talk on “Mitigating Clinical Antibiotic Resistance in Environmental Contexts”.
Graduate student Udayan Singh gave a talk discussing ideas for making the US electricity sector more resilient at the inaugural Miami Climate Symposium. He highlighted the work being done as part of an ERI-funded collaborative project led by Prof. Peterson. Thanks to the conference organizing committee for generously sponsoring his travel costs.
Our new paper takes another mathematical look at utilizing produced waters from coalbed methane wells for potable purposes. We find that reverse osmosis systems in such cases offer good cost-effectiveness based on two separately computed metrics to account for the value of health improvement benefits (i.e., disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) averted or monetized health benefits).