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Faculty and students in EEES form a vibrant research community that is tackling a wide array of multidisciplinary problems spanning basic research to unravel the complex processes in our environment to applied science and engineering to find solutions to real-world problems.

Many of our faculty are investigating interactions and feedbacks between physical, biologic, and chemical processes in natural and human-influenced environmental systems. Examples of active research areas include modeling of contaminant behavior in aquifers, remediation of hazardous waste sites, and control of emerging contaminants in drinking water.

Sustainability is another major area of research in our department. Faculty active in this area are finding ways to minimize the release of pollutants to our environment. Understanding the characteristics of emerging contaminants, site assessment, physical and biological treatment system design, life cycle assessment, the development of best management practices, and policy-based engineering are some of the many topics being pursued in this area.

The chemistry, characterization, and remediation of environmental contaminants is another major area of research in our department. Our faculty are leading the way across the range of contaminant sciences, from developing novel environmental sensors and characterization techniques, to understanding fate and transport in natural media, and defining the cutting-edge of in-situ remediation technologies.

We are also active in the characterization and management of earth resources, including water, energy, minerals, and ecosystems. In addition to traditional mineral and petroleum geology, the unique cross-disciplinary background of our faculty is providing exciting opportunities for enhancing environmental sustainability, including work in the areas of biofuels, carbon sequestration, and water resources.

Our faculty are also highly dedicated to advancing earth and environmental education. We are continuously involved in efforts to improve our academic programs, engage undergraduate students in research, provide outreach opportunities to K-12 teachers and students, and enhance the stewardship of the Earth by the public.

Current Research in EEES

The following table lists the research projects that EEES faculty are currently involved in.  For additional information about any of the projects, please contact the Principal Investigator (PI) or one of the co-PIs.  

Research Project Sponsor EEES Investigators (* = PI) Non-EEES Investigators (* = PI)
UNS: Formation and Toxicity of Disinfection Byproducts in Desalinated Waters National Science Foundation Amy*, Karanfil
Fiscal Year 2015 Pollution Prevention Grant Program US Environmental Protection Agency Carraway*, Dale, Ladner Eksioglu & Cho, Industrial Engineering
Pilot Scale Assessment of a Deployable Photocatalytic Treatment System Modified with BiPO4 Catalyst Particles for PFAS Destruction in Investigation-Derived Wastewaters US Army Corps of Engineers Cates*, Freedman
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program National Science Foundation Dale
Energy Efficiency for the Growing South Carolina Manufacturing Industries US Dept. of Energy Dale*, Carraway, Ladner Eksioglu, Industrial Engineering; Singh& Venayagamoorthy, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Pollution Prevention Incentives States US Environmental Protection Agency Dale*, Carraway, Ladner Eksioglu, Industrial Engineering
Robust Extractive Scintillating Resin and Adsorptive Membranes for Plutonium Isotopic Analyses of Aqueous Media US Dept. of Energy DeVol*, Powell Husson, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering 
Reliable Nuclear Materials Identification Technology from Spectroscopy Data North Atlantic Treaty Organization DeVol
Nuclear Faculty Development at Clemson University US Nuclear Regulatory Commission DeVol*, Powell
Reactive Membranes for Rapid Isotopic Analyses of Waterborne Special Nuclear Material Defense Threat Reduction DeVol Husson*, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Jacobsohn, Materials Science & Engineering
A Practical Approach for Modeling Matrix Diffusion Effects in REMChlor US Army Corps of Engineers Falta
Estimating Mobile-Immobile Mass Transfer Parameters Using Direct Push Tools Solutions IES Falta
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program National Science Foundation Falta
Rendering Co-products as Electron Donors for Subsurface Remediation: A new market for rendered co-products Fats & Proteins Resch. Foundation, Inc. Finneran
Rendering Co-Products as Electron Donors for Subsurface Remediation: Optimization with Co-Product Mixtures Fats & Proteins Resch. Foundation, Inc. Finneran
Microcosm Evaluation of 1,4-Dioxane Biotransformation Dupont Freedman*, Falta
Development of a Quantitative Framework for Evaluating Natural Attenuation of
1,1,1-TCA,1,1-DCA,1,1-DCE, and 1,4-Dioxane in Groundwater
GSI Environmental Inc Freedman
Analysis of Chemical Parameters in Microcosms Battelle Memorial Institute Freedman
Abiotic Transformation of Chloroethenes in Low-Permeability Formations US Army Corps of Engineers Freedman
Hydrolab HL7 Equipment SJWD Water District Karanfil
Forest Watershed Mgmt Practices & DW Quality US Environmental Protection Agency Karanfil Chow, Forestry & Environmental Conservation
Occurrence Survey of Bromide and Iodide in Water Supplies Corona Environmental Consulting, LLC Karanfil
Fellowship - Utilization of Dissolved CO2 for the Prevention and Removal of Foulants from Reverse Osmosis Membranes National Water Research Institute Ladner
Development of a Field-Deployable Membrane Bioreactor/Separator for Rendering Facility Wastewater Treatment Fats & Proteins Resch. Foundation, Inc. Ladner
DMREF: Collaborative Research: An integrated multiscale modeling and experimental approach to design fouling-resistant membranes NSF Ladner Sarupria*, Husson, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
High Performance Membranes for Engineered Osmosis NSF Ladner Husson*, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Rao, Physics &A stronomy
Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors as a Next-Generation Technology to Address the Food-Energy-Water Nexus SC EPSCOR Ladner, Popat, Amy Husson*, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
GP-EXTRA: Building An Affective Pathway To The Geosciences Through Experiential Learning Opportunities For Non-Geoscience Majors National Science Foundation Lazar
Discriminatory Transcriptional Response of Environmental Microorganisms and Microbial Communities to Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Martinez Blenner, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
US NRC Fellowship Education Grant at Clemson University US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Martinez*, DeVol
RAPID: Airborne Measurements of Black Carbon Aerosol and Its Mixing State Over the Eastern Pacific/Central Coast of California National Science Foundation Metcalf
A Microfluidic Ice Nucleating Particle Counter for Continuous Measurements Handix Scientific LLC Metcalf
Regional Biomass Burning Measurements for Air Quality Assessment and Satellite Validation College of Charleston Metcalf
Collaborative Research:  Effects of Hydrologic Processes on In Situ Stress Transients National Science Foundation Murdoch
Autonomous Monitoring of Wellbore Integrity Applying Time Reverse Nonlinear Elastic Wave Spectroscopy (TR NEWS) and Fiber Optic Sensing and Communication Los Alamos National Laboratory Murdoch*, DeWolf Xiao, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Characterizing and Interpreting the In Situ Strain Tensor During CO2 Injection US Dept. of Energy Murdoch
Robust in Situ Strain Measurements to Monitor Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Storage US Dept. of Energy Murdoch*, DeWolf Xiao, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Development of substrate-loaded microbial fuel cells for powering remote sensors Arizona State Univ. Popat
Treatment Of Rendering Wastewater In Microbial Fuel Cells With Nitrogen Recovery And Peroxide Production Fats & Proteins Resch. Foundation, Inc. Popat
Testing of a Liter-Scale Microbial Fuel Cell with Peroxide Production for Rendering Wastewater Treatment Fats & Proteins Resch. Foundation, Inc. Popat
Palmetto Academy 2018: Microbial Peroxide-Producing Cells for Blackwater Treatment During Space Missions College of Charleston Popat
REAP 2018: Microbial Peroxide-producing Cells for Blackwater and Greywater Treatment During Space Missions College of Charleston Popat
2018 SC Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Assistantship College of Charleston Popat
Examination of Actinide Chemistry at Solid-Water Interfaces to Support Advanced Actinide Separations US Dept. of Energy Powell
SRR Technical Support Provided by Clemson University SCUREF Powell
Characterization of Actinide Migration in Field Lysimeter Experiment Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Powell
Support of Organosodalite Sorbents for Tc-99 and I-129 Remediation-NSCB00015 Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Powell*, Freedman
Joint Appointment (JA) - Support of Laboratory Research and Development Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Powell
Radionuclide Waste Disposal: Development of Multi-scale Experimental and Modeling Capabilities US Dept. of Energy Powell*, Darnault, DeVol, Falta, Finneran, Martinez, Murdoch, Serkiz, Shuller-Nickles Brinkman,  Materials Science & Engineering; Tharayil, Plant & Environmental Sciences
PIRE: Dust Stimulated Draw-Down of Atmospheric CO2 as a Trigger for Northern Hemisphere Glaciation Univ. of Arizona Pullen
Assessing Engineering and Management Options in Poultry Processing and Rendering Plants to Minimize Interferences of Quaternary Ammonium Compounds in Wastewater Treatment SC Dept. of Agriculture Schlautman*, Popat
Clemson University Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Scholarship Program US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Shuller-Nickles*, DeVol
Energize: An Interactive Evaluation Tool for Engaging the General Public with Energy Decision Making US Dept. of Energy Shuller-Nickles*, Dale Boyer, Education & Human Development
AMRL Microscopy Center Instrumentation and Data Preparation (NSCB000012) Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Shuller-Nickles*, Powell
Support of Two-Day Workshop at SRS - NSCB00016 Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Shuller-Nickles
Clemson University Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Science Scholarship Program US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Shuller-Nickles*, DeVol