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Sudeep Popat

Sudeep C. PopatAssociate Professor
161 Rich Laboratory
342 Computer Court
Anderson, SC 29625

Ph.D., Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Riverside, 2010
B.E., Chemical Engineering, Sardar Patel University, India, 2006

Classes | Publications | Honors | CV

Faculty Overview

Dr. Sudeep Popat joined the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University in Fall 2016 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to his appointment at Clemson, Dr. Popat spent six years in the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute of Arizona State University, first as a postdoctoral research associate from 2010 to 2012, and most recently as Associate Research Scientist since 2014. Dr. Popat has a Ph.D. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Riverside, in 2010.

Dr. Popat’s research group focuses on wastewater treatment technologies, particularly on anaerobic digestion to recover energy and electrochemical technologies to recover nutrients. Ongoing projects in Dr. Popat’s lab include anaerobic co-digestion of wastewater sludge with fats, oils, and grease (FOG), wherein the focus is on the understanding of the conversion of long-chain fatty acids under anaerobic conditions.  Dr. Popat’s lab also works on using electrochemical peroxide production and its applications in wastewater treatment.  One area of focus is the stabilization of source-separated urine to enable the recovery of nitrogen and phosphorus.

Class Information

For current syllabi, please search the Clemson University Syllabus Repository.

EES 3040 Wastewater Treatment Systems
EES 3050 Water and Wastewater Treatment Laboratory

Selected Publications

Deaver, J.A., Kerr, C.A., Popat, S.C., 2022. Primary sludge-based blackwater favors electrical current over methane production in microbial electrochemical cells. J. Water Process Eng. 47, 102848. doi:10.1016/J.JWPE.2022.102848

Xie, A., Ladner, D.A., Popat, S.C., 2022. Electrocoagulation-electroflotation for primary treatment of animal rendering wastewater to enable recovery of fats. Chem. Eng. J. 431, 133910. doi:10.1016/J.CEJ.2021.133910

Raulerson, C.R., Popat, S.C., Husson, S.M., 2022. Water Recovery from Bioreactor Mixed Liquors Using Forward Osmosis with Polyelectrolyte Draw Solutions. Membranes (Basel). 12. doi:10.3390/MEMBRANES12010061/S1

Arve, P.H., Popat, S.C., 2021. Stabilization of Urea for Recovery from Source-Separated Urine Using Electrochemically Synthesized Hydrogen Peroxide. ACS ES&T Eng. 1, 1642–1648. doi:10.1021/ACSESTENGG.1C00194

Deaver, J.A., Soni, M.N., Diviesti, K.I., Finneran, K.T., Shankar, V., Popat, S.C., 2021. Taxonomic and Functional Variations Induced by an Overloading Event in Anaerobic Codigestion of Municipal Wastewater Sludge with Fats, Oils, and Grease. ACS ES&T Eng. 1, 1205–1216. doi:10.1021/ACSESTENGG.1C00086

McMahan, C.S., Self, S., Rennert, L., Kalbaugh, C., Kriebel, D., Graves, D., Colby, C., Deaver, J.A., Popat, S.C., Karanfil, T., Freedman, D.L., 2021. COVID-19 wastewater epidemiology: a model to estimate infected populations. Lancet Planet. Heal. 5, e874–e881. doi:10.1016/S2542-5196(21)00230-8

Xie, A., Deaver, J.A., Miller, E., Popat, S.C., 2021. Evaluation of electrical current production in microbial electrolysis cells fed with animal rendering wastewater. Chemosphere 285. doi:10.1016/J.CHEMOSPHERE.2021.131547

Xie, A., Deaver, J.A., Miller, E., Popat, S.C., 2021. Effect of feed-to-inoculum ratio on anaerobic digestibility of high-fat content animal rendering wastewater. Biochem. Eng. J. 176, 108215. doi:10.1016/J.BEJ.2021.108215

Murawski, E., Kananizadeh, N., Lindsay, S., Rao, A.M., Popat, S.C., 2021. Decreased gas-diffusion electrode porosity due to increased electrocatalyst loading leads to diffusional limitations in cathodic H2O2 electrosynthesis. J. Power Sources 481, 228992. doi:10.1016/J.JPOWSOUR.2020.228992

Xie, A., Popat, S.C., 2020. Electrochemical ammonia stripping from non-nitrified animal rendering wastewater. Chem. Eng. J. Adv. 3, 100020. doi:10.1016/J.CEJA.2020.100020



Awards & Honors

Young Investigator Oral Presenter, American Society for Microbiology General Meeting, 2014

Discovery Award for Best Scientific Paper, International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology, 2012

Achievement Award for Contribution to Start-up Company, Arizona Technology Enterprises, 2012

Best Presentation, North American meeting of International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology, 2012

Air & Waste Management Association Student Scholarship, 2009

Kreiger & Stewart, Inc. Student Fellowship, 2009

Best Paper, Air & Waste Management Association West Coast Section, 2009

Best Poster (Sustainability Category), Air & Waste Management Association Annual Conference and Exhibition, 2008

Best Poster (Ph. D. Student Category), Air & Waste Management Association Annual Conference and Exhibition, 2008

Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship, University of California, Riverside , 2006