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 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.
The Popat Lab attended the South Carolina Environmental Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Sudeep presented on anaerobic biodegradation of lipid-rich waste
Mehul, Ao, Paige and Emily presented posters at the student poster competition. Mehul, Paige and Emily won the top awards in the competition.
In collaboration with Drs. Scott Husson (lead PI), David Ladner, Gary Amy, Nicole Berge (USC), Sean Norman (USC), Brannon Andersen (Furman), and Jessica Furrer (Benedict), the Popat Lab was selected to receive funding from South Carolina EPSCoR through the Stimulus Research Program to research anaerobic membrane bioreactors.