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.
We are so proud of Fulton Engineering undergraduates Denton Holzer, Sanya Mehta, and Delaney Van Winkle who presented their Fall 2015 research at the FURI Symposium which took place on Friday, November 20, 2015 from 1–3 p.m. at the Memorial Union. They shared their work with peers, faculty, staff, and the community by presenting posters. Many thanks to their mentors: Rachel Yoho, Aura Ontiveros, and Tengfei Chen, respectively.
Congratulations to Bradley Lusk, a Biological Design Ph.D. candidate, successfully defended his dissertation Wednesday. His dissertation topic was thermophilic anode respiring bacteria. His committee includes Dr. Cesar Torres and Dr. Bruce Rittmann as co-chairs and Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown as a member. Congrats Brad!
Michelle Young is presenting at the Water Environment Federation Water and Energy 2015 in Washington, D.C. on June 8-10. Michelle's oral presentation "Application of Microbial Electrochemical Cells (MXCs) As RealTime Sensors of Bioavailability from Sludge Pretreatment Technologies" is on June 8 during Session 1: Power of Small Things - MFCs and MXCs. That same day, she is also presenting "Continuous Hydrogen Peroxide Production in Microbial Electrochemical Cells (MECs)" during the poster session. Check out her work!
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.
Two Swette Center members will be presenting tomorrow, May 6, at t Arizona Water Association (AZWA)'s 88th Annual Conference and Exhibition. Mohamed Mahmound is presenting "Landfill Leachate Treatment: How to Turn Problems Into Opportunities." Steven Hart is presenting "Greener Agriculture, Healthier Forests, Cleaner Waters? Feasibility Studies for Agricultural Biochar Amendment." Check out their presentations if you're there!
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.
Several Swette center students will be presenting posters during Arizona Water Association (AZWA)'s 88th Annual Conference and Exhibition this Wednesday afternoon, May 6, from 5-6:30 PM. A common theme among the posters is microbial electrochemical cells (MECs). Dongwon Ki is presenting on bioremediation of primary sludge in MECs. Michelle Young is presenting a poster on using MECs as biosensors to detect differences in different pretreated waste activated sludge streams. Mohamed Mahmoud is presenting on leachate bioremediation using MECs. Check out their work!