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November 8, 2022

Thursdays@3: Campus invited to tour advanced wastewater treatment and resource recovery research lab

Submitted by Grant Guggisberg

The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering will conclude its Thursdays@3 laboratory tour series for the fall semester when it opens Prathap Parameswaran's advanced wastewater treatment and resource recovery research laboratory from 3-4 p.m.  Thursday, Nov. 10, in 2154 Fiedler Hall.

The hourlong come-and-go event will feature a tour of the facility, as well as demonstrations of some of the equipment available for collaborative use by the university community.

Parameswaran, who holds the Fornelli engineering professorship and is an associate professor of civil engineering, is interested in all aspects of biological wastewater treatment and sustainable resource recovery from wastes using novel environmental biotechnology platforms. His laboratory is equipped to perform experiments for fundamental and applied studies on several anaerobic biotechnologies, including anaerobic digestion, nutrient and resource recovery, indirect and direct potable water reuse technologies, targeted fermentations, and conventional and microbial electrochemical technologies for value-added product synthesis and sensor applications in agricultural and contaminated soils and waters.

The laboratory also has equipment to operate long-term anaerobic reactors and analytical diagnostic instruments such as gas chromatograph equipped with a thermal conductivity detector — Shimadzu GC-2010; high-pressure liquid chromatography — Shimadzu SPD 20A, with photodiode array and refractive index detector; liquid TOC and DOC analyzer — TOC-L ONM-L, Shimadzu; HORIBA Aqualog fluorometer with EEMS parallel factor analysis capability; ion chromatograph with both simultaneous cation and anion analysis for each sample, ICS-5000, Thermo Fisher Scientific; and UV-Vis spectrophotometer, HACH DR-3900 Spectrophotometer.


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