Environmental Applications of Chemical Engineering
Chemical engineers have expertise to work on environmental problems related to sustainable energy, environmental management, and sustainability. There are several research problems related to air emissions and liquid and solid effluents from industrial and agricultural processes. One current problem is the development of a treatment wetland to manage sulfur and other inorganic compounds in flue gas desulfurization waste water from a coal burning power plant. The research involves both mathematical models and experimental work. Faculty and students from four departments are working with a consulting company as a multidisciplinary team. New technology development to address environmental problems and advance sustainability is a second area of research.