- The Popat Lab will receive funding from the Fats and Proteins Research Foundation to explore electrocoagulation of rendering wastewater as an alternative to dissolved air flotation.
- The Popat Lab will receive funding from Gwinnett County Water Resources via Black & Veatch to research two-phase anaerobic co-digestion of sludge with fats, oils and grease.
- Clancy Kerr joins the group as a Ph.D. student. Clancy did her B.S. in Microbiology at Clemson, and worked in the group for >2 years prior.
- Julia Ann Funk joins the group as an M.S. student. Julia Ann did her B.S. in Environmental Engineering at Clemson, and is continuing on for her M.S. degree.
- Spencer successfully defended his M.S. thesis virtually. Spencer performed his M.S. research on electrosynthesis of hydrogen peroxide. Spencer is now headed to Dallas, TX, where he will join Freese and Nichols, Inc.
- Jess and Spencer receive first and third place virtual poster awards from SCAWWA/WEASC. These posters were supposed to be presented at the South Carolina Environmental Conference at Myrtle Beach in March 2020, but the conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All students accepted for poster presentations were invited to present their posters virtually in May.
- The Popat Lab was selected for the third year in a row to host undergraduate students for the Palmetto Academy program organized by the SC Space Grant Consortium. This year's project focuses on nitrogen removal and recovery from source-separated urine.
- The Popat Lab will host Winnie Zheng, a high school student at SC Governor's School of Math and Science, for a virtual summer project. Winnie will work on correlating microbial communities with conditions in anaerobic treatment technologies.
- Jess's paper on anaerobic co-digestion of sludge with fats, oils and grease is accepted for publication in Chemical Engineering Journal.
- In collaboration with Dr. Scott Husson (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering), the Popat Lab was selected to receive funding from the SC Space Grant Consortium to study anaerobic osmotic membrane bioreactors for regenerative water purification in space.
- Kaiser successfully completes his non-thesis M.S. exam, including a presentation on his research project on electrosynthesis of hydrogen peroxide.