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Research

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.  The list was last updated in November 2021.

Research Project

Sponsor

EEES Investigators

Non-EEES Investigators

Exploring Coupled Physical, Biological and Chemical Processes that Control Lead Fate and Transport through Plastic Plumbing Materials

The University of Memphis

David A. Ladner

The Importance of Abiotic Transformations in Transitioning from Active to Passive Remedies

Battelle Memorial Institute

David L. Freedman

Testing of a Liter-Scale Microbial Fuel Cell with Peroxide Production for Rendering Wastewater Treatment

Fats & Proteins Resch. Foundation, Inc.

Sudeep Popat

Energy Efficiency for the Growing South Carolina Manufacturing Industries

US Dept. of Energy

Michael A. Carbajales-Dale; Elizabeth R. Carraway; David A. Ladner

Song (IE);  Venayagamoorthy (ECE)

Fukushima Evaporator Study

Bechtel Energy, Inc.

Brian A. Powell

Tang (MSE)

Technical Support Provided by Clemson University

Savannah River Remediation, LLC

Brian A. Powell

GRF: SC Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellowship

College of Charleston

Sudeep Popat

Characterization of Radionuclide Migration at the Savannah River Site Pond B: Year 3

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Brian A. Powell

Electrochemical Ammonia Removal and Recovery from Rendering Wastewater

Fats & Proteins Resch. Foundation, Inc.

Sudeep Popat

Improving Nitrification Performance for Rendering Wastewater Treatment under Low Dissolved Oxygen Concentrations and Inhibition from Quaternary Ammonium Compounds

SC Dept. of Agriculture

Mark A. Schlautman; Sudeep Popat

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

Mark A. Schlautman; Sudeep Popat

Abiotic Transformation of Chloroethenes in Low Permeability Formation

US Army Corps of Engineers

David L. Freedman

CAREER: An Investigation of Microplastics Fate and Contaminant Transport in Storm Runoff, The Nexus of Environmental Engineering and Material Sciences

The University of Memphis

David A. Ladner

A Microfluidic Ice Nucleating Particle Counter for Continuous Measurements

Handix Scientific LLC

Andrew R. Metcalf

Peroxide-Producing Microbial Fuel Cells for Space Life Support Systems Applications

College of Charleston

Sudeep Popat; Michael A. Carbajales-Dale; Ezra L. Cates, Tanju Karanfil

Validating Satellite Remote-Sensing of Aerosols with Ground-based Low-cost Sensors

College of Charleston

Andrew R. Metcalf

Pollution Prevention Incentives States

US Environmental Protection Agency

David A. Ladner; Michael A. Carbajales-Dale; Elizabeth R. Carraway

Incorporating Matrix Diffusion in the New Modflow Flow and Transport Model for Unstructured Grids

US Dept. of the Army

Ronald W. Falta Jr

US NRC Fellowship Education Grant at Clemson University

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Nicole E. Martinez; Timothy A. DeVol

On-Site Demonstration of Electrocoagulation Treatment of Rendering Wastewater

Fats & Proteins Resch. Foundation, Inc.

Sudeep Popat

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

National Science Foundation

Michael A. Carbajales-Dale

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

National Science Foundation

Ronald W. Falta Jr.

Joint Appointment (JA) - Support of Laboratory Research and Development

Battelle Savannah River Alliance, LLC

Brian A. Powell

Robust in Situ Strain Measurements to Monitor Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Storage

US Dept. of Energy

Lawrence C. Murdoch; Scott J. DeWolf

Xiao (ECE)

Rendering Co-Products as Electron Donors for Subsurface Remediation: Industry White Paper on the use of Co-?Products as Electron Donors and Associated Marketing at National Conferences

Fats & Proteins Resch. Foundation, Inc.

Kevin T. Finneran

Methane as a Source of Income for South Carolina Agribusinesses and Farmers: Technical and Economic Feasibility Study

SC Dept. of Agriculture

Sudep Popat; Michael A. Carbajales-Dale

Nuclear Faculty Development at Clemson University

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Timothy A. DeVol; Brian A. Powell

Destruction of PFAS in Leachate and Groundwater

US Environmental Protection Agency

Ezra L. Cates

Collaborative Research: Deconvolving the southern South American Pleistocene-Holocene dust production pathways

National Science Foundation

Alexander T. Pullen; Mary Kate Fidler

Stabilization of Urine through Electro-synthesized Hydrogen Peroxide for Subsequent Recovery of Urea Needed in Food Production during Space Missions

College of Charleston

Sudeep Popat

Targeted Chemical Application via Membranes for Rendering Plant Wastewater

Fats & Proteins Resch. Foundation, Inc.

David A. Ladner

Rendering Co-Products as Electron Donors for Subsurface Remediation: Delivery Optimization for Field
Trials

Fats & Proteins Resch. Foundation, Inc.

Kevin T. Finneran

Rendering Co-Products as Electron Donors for Subsurface Remediation: Amendment Development to Monetize Co-Products for Sustainable Environmental Remediation

Fats & Proteins Resch. Foundation, Inc.

Kevin T. Finneran

Joint Faculty Appointment for Dr. Nicole Martinez

UT-Battelle, LLC

Nicole E. Martinez

Pollution Prevention Grants Program

US Environmental Protection Agency

Elizabeth R. Carraway; Michael A. Carbajales-Dale; David A. Ladner

Thermal In-Situ Sustainable Remediation (TISRSM) To Enhance Biotic and Abiotic Reactions and Accelerate Remediation Timeframes

Arcadis, Inc

Ronald W. Falta Jr; David L. Freedman

Development of an Automated Diagnostic Platform for SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring in Vulnerable Areas

National Institutes of Health

Diana C. Vanegas Gamboa

McLamore (Ag. Sciences); Dean (Bioengineering)

Investigation of Nanobubble Technology for the Removal of MIB and Geosmin From Drinking Water

Water Research Foundation

Tanju Karanfil

Linking Dynamic Soil Erodibility to Soil Loss in the Agricultural Landscape

US Dept of Agriculture- ARS

Christophe Darnault

Collaborative Research: Improved Geochronology-Based Sediment Provenance Analysis Through Physico-Mechanical Characterization of Zircon Transport

National Science Foundation

Alexander T. Pullen; Mary Kate Fidler

Microwave Regeneration of PFAS-Exhausted Granular Activated Carbons

Water Research Foundation

Tanju Karanfil

Developing a Thermochemical Database of Radionuclide Reactions at the Mineral-Water Interface for Improved Nuclear Waste Repository Performance Assessment

US Dept. of Energy

Brian A. Powell; Shanna L. Estes

Quantifying Radionuclide Sorption to Engineered Barrier Materials under Elevated Temperature and Ionic Strength Conditions

US Dept. of Energy

Brian A. Powell

Decision Tool for Abiotic Degradation

Del Mar Environmental & Construction Ser

David L. Freedman

EM-Enhanced HyPor Loop for Fast Fusion Fuel Cycle

US Dept. of Energy

Timothy A. DeVol

Development of Protocols to Quantify Abiotic Transformation Rates and Mechanisms for
Chlorinated Ethenes in Water Supply Aquifers

US Army Corps of Engineers

David L. Freedman; Alexander T. Pullen

Demonstration to Determine and Evaluate the Effect of Radiological Sources in Sediment on Marine Biota

US Dept. of the Navy

Nicole E. Martinez; Brian A. Powell

Advancement of Deployable Photocatalytic Treatment Processes and Materials for PFAS Destruction in Investigation-derived Wastewaters

US Army Corps of Engineers

Ezra L. Cates

GRFP - Kelli McCourt

National Science Foundation

Diana C. Vanegas Gamboa

GRFP - Sarah Donaher

National Science Foundation

Nicole E. Martinez, Brian A. Powell

Collaborative Research: Network Cluster: Bedrock controls on the deep critical zone, landscapes, and ecosystems

National Science Foundation

Brady A. Flinchum

RFP 623728 Investigation of Neptunium and Plutonium Complexation Thermodynamics in Support of Repository Science at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plan

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Brian A. Powell

CIF: Single-Particle Measurements of Soot and Incandescing Aerosol

National Science Foundation

Andrew R. Metcalf

Reactive Membranes for Rapid Isotopic Analyses of Waterborne Special Nuclear Material

Defense Threat Reduction

Timothy A. DeVol

Husson (CBE)

Commercial Scale Production of Activated Carbons from Soy Hulls for the Removal of Heavy Metals and Toxins from Water Sources

Smith, Bucklin & Associates, L.L.C

Tanju Karanfil

Pilla (Campbell Grad Engr Program)