Postdoctoral Researcher Dongwon Ki won the 2017 ISMET Innovation Award for his paper:
The full article describing the award can be found here.
Thesan Appalsamy has been corresponding with Dr. Rittmann over the past four years and has recently completed his final year of high school at Greenbury Secondary High School in Phoenix, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He will soon enter university at University of KwaZulu-Natal in Chemical Engineering. Thesan was awarded a scholarship from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, who concern themselves with a wide variety of research and implementation areas including fuel cell technology. He chose Chemical Engineering because it has a large scope which will allow him to experience multiple disciplines while gaining valuable knowledge.
Thesan originally contacted Dr. Rittmann because he needed guidance from a pioneer in the field of environmental biotechnology for research with his science fair project which dealt with converting waste into electricity using a Microbial Fuel Cell. They corresponded regularly and exchanged ideas about bacterial respiration, decomposition of organic waste matter with regards to fuel cell applications, and algae's ability to produce biofuels and act as a carbon dioxide filter as well as transform into electricity during decomposition . They both hope to continue their correspondence and to perhaps meet in person one day!
The Swette Center is excited to announce the 2015-2016 Swette Undergraduate Sustainability Interns are Brendan Cahill, Jaime Lopez, and Francisco Brown-Munoz. Swette Interns perform research that focuses on using microorganisms to provide sustainable services to society. Study areas include renewable energy, improving water quality, and managing microbial communities. Brendan Cahill, who has been working as a FURI intern and volunteer for two years in the Swette Center, will be working with Dr. Bruce Rittmann and Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown on improving photobioreactor technology. A volunteer for one year, Francisco Brown-Munoz will be working with Dr. Cesar Torres to produce electricity using microbial electrochemical cells. Jaime Lopez will be working with Dr. Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz exploring microbial communities.
Congratulations to Dongwon Ki, who was awarded a travel scholarship by ASU's Graduate and Professional Student Association. In June, Ki will be attending the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP)'s annual conference at Yale University, where he will be presenting a poster on using microbial electrochemical cells to remediate primary sludge.