Members of the Swette Center enjoyed a fun Halloween potluck! Our team has so much spirit!
Congratulations to Mohamed Mahmoud, who successfully defended his dissertation, "Towards Improving Electron Recovery and Coulombic Efficiency of Microbial Electrochemical Cells Fed with Fermentable Electron Donors" Mohamed's committee consists of Dr. Bruce Rittmann (chair), Dr. Cesar Torres, Dr. Paul Westerhoff, and Dr. Prathap Parameswaran (Kansas State University). Mohamed will be awarded his doctorate in environmental engineering in December. Congrats Mohamed!
From the IWA-LET 2016 conference in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, Dr. Rittmann reports on PhD student Michelle Young’s talk, Hydrogen Peroxide Production At High Concentrations In Continuous-flow Cathode Microbial Electrochemical Cells.
“She was a star! Excellent talk, good questions, great answers. We can begin to call her Professor Young."
Dr. Rittmann also chaired Session 2: “Circular economy - Recovery of water, energy and nutrients“ on 6/15/16.
Monday, June 13th, Dr. Brad Lusk departed for a one year voyage around the Earth. This voyage is one of adventure, discovery, and scientific literacy. He launched his website on June 11th to commemorate the event.
You can follow him:
Here's the starting line-up:
We're going to miss you but we will be following along!
We are going to miss you! You contributed so much to our research!
Congratulations to Ibrahim Halloum for successfully defending his Master thesis in Chemical Engineering. The topic of his thesis is using algal biofilms to bioremediate wastewater. His committee includes Dr. Cesar Torres (chair), Dr. Sudeep Popat, and Dr. Bruce Rittmann.
Congratulations to Dongwon Ki, who successfully defended his dissertation, "Anaerobic Conversion of Primary Sludge to Resources in Microbial Electrochemical Cells." Dongwon's committee consists of Dr. Cesar Torres (chair), Dr. Sudeep Popat, Dr. Bruce Rittmann, Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, and Dr. Prathap Parameswaran (University of Kansas). Dongwon will be awarded his doctorate in environmental engineering in May. Congrats Dongwon!
Rose Gochnour Serago, of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, wrote a piece featuring Dr. Torres' research.
Using bacteria to make electricity, treat wastewater
What if the bacteria found in wastewater could power the water's own purification system? Chemical engineering professor César Torres is exploring this possibility through research in microbial fuel cells, supported in large part by a $1.9 million grant from the Department of Defense - research that happens at the intersection of science and engineering.