- Two journal covers from papers published in the last two months:
- "Stabilization of urea for potential recovery from urine using in situ electrochemically synthesized hydrogen peroxide". Led by Ph.D. student Phil Arve, and published in ACS ES&T Engineering.
- "Water recovery from bioreactor mixed liquors using forward osmosis with polyelectrolyte draw solutions". Collaboration with Dr. Scott Husson's group, and published in Membranes.
- Several papers published from the group in the second half of 2021. Here is a list:
- "Electrocoagulation-electroflotation for primary treatment of animal rendering wastewater to enable recovery of fats". Led by Ph.D. graduate Dr. Ao Xie, and published in Chemical Engineering Journal.
- "Effect of feed-to-inoculum ratio on anaerobic digestibility of high-fat content rendering wastewater". Led by Ph.D. graduate Dr. Ao Xie, and published in Biochemical Engineering Journal.
- "COVID-19 Wastewater Epidemiology: A Model to Estimate Infected Populations". Collaboration with several faculty members at Clemson, including EEES department chair Dr. David Freedman, and published in Lancet Planetary Health.
- "Evaluation of electrical current production in microbial electrolysis cells fed with rendering wastewater." Led by Ph.D. graduate Dr. Ao Xie, and published in Chemopshere.
- "Taxonomic and functional variations induced by an overloading event in anaerobic co-digestion of municipal wastewater sludge with fats, oils, and grease." Led by Ph.D. student Jess Deaver, and published in ACS ES&T Engineering.
- Dr. Ao Xie successfully defended her Ph.D. Dr. Xie's dissertation work focused on several aspects of wastewater treatment for animal rendering plants, including exploring energy recovery through anaerobic digestion and microbial electrolysis cells, and electrochemical treatment such as electrocoagulation/electroflotation and electrocial ammonia stripping for replacing existing processes.
- We were awarded two new projects:
- Fats and Proteins Research Foundation is funding research on on-site demonstration of electrocoagulation-electroflotation for primary treatment of rendering wastewater.
- SC Department of Agriculture is funding research on evaluation of anaerobic digestion of animal waste in South Carolina.
- Phil is selected to receive the SC Space Grant Consortium graduate research scholarship to perform work on electrochemical treatment for resource recovery from source-separated urine.
- We have been selected for a fourth year in a row to host two undergraduate students over the coming summer through the Palmetto Academy program of the SC Space Grant Consortium. This year's students will work on electrochemical treatment for stabilization of source-separated urine.