Dongwon Ki will be presenting a poster at the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP)'s 2015 Research and Education Conference on June 13-16 at Yale University. Check back for more details!
Steven Hart will be presenting "Greener Agriculture, Healthier Forests, Cleaner Waters? Feasibility Studies for Agricultural Biochar Amendment" at Arizona Water Association's 88th Annual Conference and Exhibition on Wednesday, May 6. Steven's talk focuses on the application of biochar from agricultural wastes and forest thinning as a soil amendment to improve crop yields. This work is funded by a P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability grant.
Mohamed Mahmoud will be presenting "Landfill Leachate Treatment: How to Turn Problems Into Opportunities" at at Arizona Water Association's 88th Annual Conference and Exhibition on Wednesday, May 6. Mohamed's talk focuses on how pretreatment of landfill leachate can improve energy recovery in microbial electrochemical cells.
High School Interns Jeba Sania and Tabark Abdelhabib Present at Arizona Science and Engineering Festival
Jeba Sania, high school intern mentored by Joseph Miceli, presented her research project, "The Effects of Chloride Environments on Production of Methane." Tabark Abdelhabib, high school intern mentored by Dongwon Ki, presented her research project, "Degrading Contaminants in Gray Water Using Hydrogen Peroxide." Congrats to both for enduring this challenging day of judging and representing the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology with style!
Congratulations to Denton Holzer, who received a fellowship from the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) for the 2015-2016 academic year! Denton, currently a third year Chemical Engineering undergraduate, has worked in the lab of Dr. César Torres since May 2014 as a Swette Center Research Intern. His FURI project will investigate the possible electron transport pathways in the thermophilic microorganism, Thermincola ferriacetica, using advanced electrochemical methods.
Congratulations to Mikaela Stadie, whom successfully defended her honors thesis, "A Sustainable Approach to Wastewater Treatment Using Microbial Fuel Cells with Peroxide Production." A veteran of the Swette Center, Mikaela has been working with Dr. Cesar Torres and Dr. Sudeep Popat for three years on the cathode and membrane designs for a hydrogen peroxide producing microbial fuel cell.
Congratulations to Steven Hart, who has been awarded a 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. Steven's current research is focused different aspects of microbial fuel cells (MFCs) ranging from biocathodes to biosensors.