Environmental engineers to study clean air, water, energy with NSF grants

Six faculty in Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering from the School of Engineering & Applied Science have received nearly $1.8 million in three-year grants from the National Science Foundation to create a cleaner, safer environment.

  • Young-Shin Jun, associate professor, received $340,576 to study how arsenic can be mobilized in aquifers during a water reuse technique;
  • Brent Williams, the Raymond R. Tucker Distinguished I-CARES Career Development Assistant Professor, and Pratim Biswas, the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Professor and chair of the department, received $331,438 to study emissions and aerosol formation from coal combustion and co-firing of coal and biomass;
  • John Fortner, the I-CARES Career Development Assistant Professor, and Daniel Giammar, professor, received $329,835 to study nanoscale sorbents to recover contaminants in water;
  • Yinjie Tang, the Francis Ahmann Career Development Assistant Professor, received a $486,510 grant to use a new type of analysis to decipher microbial mechanisms, and is co-investigator on a $299,997 grant to use corn stover, or switchgrass, as a feedstock for producing biofuel.