Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Overview

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 watershed dynamics, biogeochemistry, and environmental toxicology.

Pollution prevention 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 biologic 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.

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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
Want to learn more about what we are doing right now? Investigate this list of sample projects currently funded in our department.
  • Addressing the rural water crisis in India using electromagnetic induction; PI: Moysey; Academic Focus Area(s): Sustainable Systems, Hydrogeology
  • A real-time, 3D GPR monitoring system to support basic research for subsurface detection and characterization in complex environments; PI:  Moysey; Academic Focus Area(s):  Hydrogeology, Fate & Transport, Environmental Assessment
  • Accounting for hydrologic state in ground-penetrating radar classification systems; PI:  Moysey, Academic Focus Area(s):  N/A
  • Quantifying microbe-mineral interactions leading to remotely detectable induced polarization signals:  Implications for monitoring bioremediation; PI:  Moysey; Academic Focus Area(s):  Hydrogeology, Fate & Transport, Environmental Assessment
  • Proof-of-concept of a hydrologic multiphysics model; PIs: Murdoch, Moysey, Molz, Kahn, Schlautman, Falta; Academic Focus Areas: Hydrogeology, Fate & Transport
  • Characterization of Fractured Rock Aquifers Using Hydromechanical Well Tests; PI: Murdoch; Academic Focus Areas: Hydrogeology
  • Iodine, Radium and Strontium Geochemistry in Wetland and Subsurface Sediments; PIs: Powell and Molz; Academic Focus Area(s): Nuclear and Hydrogeology, Fate & Transport
  • Brake Pad Partnership; PI: Schlautman; Academic Focus Area(s):  N/A
  • Development of Self-Consistent Model of Plutonium Sorption: Quantification of Sorption Enthalpy and Ligand-Promoted Dissolution (DOE); PI: Powell; Academic Focus Area(s):  Nuclear Environmental Engineering and Science; Fate & Transport
  • Clemson University Nuclear Forensics Junior Faculty Award(DHS); PI: Powell; Academic Focus Area(s):  Nuclear Environmental Engineering and Science
  • An Innovative System for the Efficient and Effective Treatment of Non-Traditional Waters for Reuse in Thermoelectric Power Generation; PI: Castle
  • Pilot Constructed Wetland Treatment System for a Specific Produced Water; PI: Castle
  • Pilot Constructed Wetland Treatment System for Ammonia Removal; PI: Castle
  • Evaluate Treatment of Boron in Constructed Wetland Treatment Systems; PI: Castle
  • Understanding and Managing Risks Posed by Brines Containing Dissolved Carbon Dioxide; PIs:  Falta and Murdoch; Academic Focus Area(s):  Hydrogeology, Fate and Transport
  • Characterization of Microbes Capable of Using Vinyl Chloride as a Sole Carbon and Energy Source by Anaerobic Oxidation; PI: Freedman; Academic Focus Areas: Process Engineering
  • Exploring Formation and Control of Emerging DBPs in Treatment Facilities: Halonitromethanes and Iodo-trihalomethanes; PI: Karanfil; Academic Focus Areas:
  • Exploring the physical factors and chemical interactions controlling the adsorption of synthetic aromatic compounds by carbon materials; PI: Karanfil; Academic Focus Areas:
  • Nanoscale Arrays for Tritium Detection; PIs: Devol and Rao; Academic Focus Area: Nuclear Environmental Engineering and Science
  • Radionuclide Sensors for Subsurface Water Monitoring; PI: Devol; Academic Focus Area: Nuclear Environmental Engineering and Science
  • Technical Review / Comments to SRS Environmental Report for 2009; PIs: Devol, Fjeld, Molz, Overcamp; Academic Focus Area(s): Nuclear, Hydrology, Fate & Transport, and Process Engineering
  • Incorporating Aerobic Processes into Remedies for Large Chlorinated Solvent Plumes; PI:  Falta; Academic Focus Area(s):  Fate and Transport
  • Contaminant Mass Transfer During Boiling in Fractured Geologic Media; PIs:  Falta and Murdoch; Academic Focus Area(s):  Fate and Transport
  • Decision & Management Tools for DNAPL Sites:  Optimization of Chlorinated Solvent Source and Plume Remediation Considering Uncertainty; PI:  Falta, Academic Focus Area(s):  Fate and Transport
  • Laboratory Evaluation of Bioremediation for Carbon Tetrachloride and Chloroform at a Georgia Site; PI: Freedman; Academic Focus Area(s): Process Engineering
  • Characterization of Microbes Capable of Using Vinyl Chloride as a Sole Carbon and Energy Source by Anaerobic Oxidation; PI: Freedman; Academic Focus Area(s): Process Engineering
  • Development and Characterization of Bioaugmentation Cultures to Remediate Chlorinated Ethenes in Low pH Ground Water; PI: Freedman; Academic Focus Area(s): Process Engineering
  • Optimizing Metalloporphyrin-Catalyzed Reduction Reactions for In Situ Remediation of DOE Contaminants; PIs: Schlautman and Carraway; Academic Focus Area(s):
  • Edible Oils for Enhanced VOC Remediation; PI: Murdoch; Academic Focus Area(s): Hydrogeology, Fate & Transport
  • Environmental Transport of Plutonium: Geochemical Processes at the Femtomolar Concentration and Nanometer Scale (DOE); PI: Powell and Arai; Academic Focus Area(s): Nuclear Environmental Engineering and Science; Fate & Transport
  • Evaluation of Nanoparticle Behavior during Transitions from Engineered to Natural Systems; PI: Mefford (MSE), Powell, Kitchens (CBE); Academic Focus Area(s): Environmental Chemistry; Fate & Transport
  • The use of electrical measurements to investigate multiphase flow channeling during reservoir production; PI: Moysey; Academic Focus Area(s): Hydrogeology, Fate and Transport
  • Subsurface Thermal Energy Storage (STES) for Improved Heating and Air Conditioning Efficiency;  PIs:  Falta and Molz; Academic Focus Area(s):  Sustainable Systems, Hydrogeology, Fate and Transport
  • Nuclear Forensics Education Award Program; PIs:  Devol and Fjeld; Academic Focus Area:  Nuclear Environmental Engineering and Science 
  • Administering Department Geology K-12 Outreach Program; PI:  Wagner
  • Adding Web-based resources to SE MAPS Project; PI:  Wagner
  • Development of Coupled On-line and Hands-on Radiation Detection and Radiochemistry Laboratory Courses (NRC); PI:  DeVol, Co-PI: Powell; Academic Focus Area(s): Nuclear Environmental Engineering and Science
  • Junior Nuclear Environmental Engineering and Science Faculty at Clemson University (NRC); PI:  DeVol, Co-PI: Karanfil; Academic Focus Area(s): Nuclear Environmental Engineering and Science