- The Popat Lab welcomes new graduate students in the gorup: Philip Arve (Ph.D.), Emmaline Spier Camposano (M.S.), Lauren Schmidt (M.S.), Alex Gex (M.S.), Mrinal Rama Thulasiram (M.S.) and Kaiser Rich (M.S., non-thesis research project).
- In collaboration with Dr. Mark Schlautman, the Popat Lab was selected to receive continued funding from the South Carolina Department of Agriculture through the Agribusiness Center for Research and Entrepreneurship on evaluating scenarios for overcoming nitrification inhibition in rendering wastewater treatment.
- Sudeep presented a talk on treatment of rendering wastewater in microbial fuel cells at the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology annual meeting in Washington DC; Jess presented a poster at the same conference on her work on blackwater treatment in microbial fuel cells.
- Emily successfully defended her M.S. thesis on AnMBRs. Emily will start working at Hazen and Sawyer, in Greenville, SC, from August onwards.
- Karla presented a poster on her work on anaerobic co-digestion of FOG with wastewater sludge at the Clemson Undergraduate Research symposium.
- Clancy and Michael presented their research on AnMBRs through the Palmetto Academy program at the College of Charleston.
- The Popat Lab hosts undergraduate students Clancy Kerr and Michael Ralph (Wofford College) through the Palmetto Academy program for summer research on AnMBRs.
- Raven Althouse from Furman University returns for another summer REU stay, working on AnMBRs for domestic wastewater treatment.
- Paige successfully defended her M.S. thesis on landfill leachate treatment. Paige will start working at HDR, Inc., in Greenville, Sc, from June onwards.
- Several members for the Popat Lab (Sudeep, Negin, Ao and Jess) attended the AEESP conference in Tempe, AZ. Sudeep presented a talk on landfill leachate treatment to remove UV-quenching substances, while the others presented posters.
- The Popat Lab was selected to receive funding from the NASA EPSCoR program to develop peroxide-producing microbial fuel cells for space life support systems applications.
- The Popat Lab was selected to receive funding from the the Fats and Proteins Research Foundation via the Animal Co-Products Research & Education Center at Clemson to develop electrochemical methods for ammonia removal and recovery from rendering wastewater.
- Negin and Paige presented talks at the South Carolina Environmental Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC, while Ao, Emily and Jess presented posted. Ao won first place in the student poster competition, and Jess won third place.
- Emily B. received the A. Ray Abernathy Water Environment Association Fellowship and Jess received the Linvil G. Rich Water Environment Association Fellowship for the 2019 calendar year. Both Emily and Jess were recognized at the opening ceremony of the South Carolina Environmental Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.