Research

Water and energy are critical resources. The Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is committed to  creating and disseminating knowledge related to all aspects of increasingly sustainable water and energy systems. My research group is interested in improving drinking water quality via identification and removal of certain organic contaminants.  We also use life cycle assessment (LCA), which is an environmental accounting tool, to evaluate the sustainability of water and energy infrastructures, most notably algae-to-energy systems.

Specifically, we focus on the following themes:

  1. Characterizing occurrence and fate of organic pollutants, most notably pharmaceuticals and environmental estrogens, in natural and engineering environmental systems such as water and wastewater treatment works and their riparian discharge zones.

  2. Use of microalgae to produce renewable biofuels; most particularly as related to designing system configurations that optimize use of industrial wastes for enhanced fuel production, and life cycle assessment (LCA) to improve overall system sustainability.