In collaboration with Dr. Mark Schlautman, the Popat Lab was selected to receive funding from the South Carolina Department of Agriculture through the Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship's Competitive Grant Program, to determine options for managing the impact of quaternary ammonium compounds on wastewater treatment at poultry processing and rendering plants.
The Popat Lab was selected to receive continuing funding from the Fats and Proteins Research Foundation via the Animal Co-Products Research & Education Center at Clemson to develop microbial fuel cells for rendering wastewater treatment.
Three undergraduate students will be joining the Popat Lab over the summer as part of REU projects. Nick Mitchell (USC) and Clancy Kerr (Clemson) will work on microbial fuel cells, while Raven Althouse (Furman) will work on anaerobic membrane bioreactors. Nick and Clancy will be supported through the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium's Palmetto Academy award, while Raven will be supported through the South Carolina EPSCoR/IDeA's Stimulus Research Program award.
Mehul successfully defended his M.S. thesis on Investigating the Inhibitory Effects of Fats, Oils and Grease Addition on Fatty Acids Degradation During Anaerobic Co-Digestion, and will join Rogers and Callcott in Greenville, SC, starting in May.
The Popat Lab was selected to receive additional funding from the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium to continue to research microbial fuel cells for space life support systems applications.
New publication accepted: Lusk BG, Peraza I, Albal G, Marcus AK, Popat SC, Torres CI. pH dependency in anode biofilms of Thermincola ferriacetica suggests a proton-dependent electrochemical response. Journal of the American Chemical Society.