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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.  

Current EEES Research Project Sponsor Principal Investigator EEES Co-Principal Investigators
INTERN Supplement - Simulation-Based Design of Polymer Nanocomposites for Structural Applications NSF (National Science Foundation) Atamturktur  
State-aware model calibration: Improving understanding of hidden mechanistic relations in structural models SC Space Grant Consortium Atamturktur  
GAANN: Model Validation Analytics in Support of High-Consequence Decision Making US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Atamturktur Carbajales-Dale, Falta, Moysey, Murdoch
NRT-DESE: Preparing Resilient + Operationally Adaptive Communities through an Interdisciplinary, Venture-based Education (PROACTIVE) NSF (National Science Foundation) Atamturktur Carbajales-Dale, Moysey
Simulation-Based Design of Polymer Nanocomposites for Structural Applications NSF (National Science Foundation) Atamturktur  
Framework for Downtime Loss Modeling for Industrial Facilities American Insurance Group (AIG) Atamturktur  
Foresight for Disaster Management: Infrastructure Risk Index Analysis Department of the Interior (DoI), National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) Atamturktur  
Appraising and Optimizing the Thermal and Structural Characteristics of Concrete Masonry Units: An Integrated Approach for Experimental Testing and Numerical Modeling National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) Atamturktur  
An Integrated Numerical and Experimental Study: Structural Behavior of Dry-Stacked Systems National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) Atamturktur  
ADVANCE: Transforming the Institution towards Gender Equity through Retention and Support NSF (National Science Foundation) Atamturktur  
Clemson University: Learning Teams and Innovation Ventures for Adaptable Training in Engineering (CULTIVATE) NSF (National Science Foundation) Atamturktur  
Pollution Prevention (P2) through an Economy-Energy-Environment (E3) Partnership in South Carolina EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Carbajales-Dale Ladner
Energy Efficiency for the Growing South Carolina Manufacturing Industries DOE (UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY) Carbajales-Dale Carraway, Ladner
Reactive Membranes for Rapid Isotopic Analyses of Waterborne Special Nuclear Material Defense Threat Reduction Agency DeVol  
Reliable Nuclear Materials Identification Technology from Spectrometry Data North Atlantic Treaty Organization DeVol  
Robust Extractive Scintillating Resin and Adsorptive Membranes for Plutonium Isotopic Analyses of Aqueous Media DOE (UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY) DeVol Powell
Ultra-Trace-level Quantification of Alpha and Beta emitting Radionuclides with Extractive Scintillating Resin Defense Threat Reduction Agency DeVol  
A Practical Approach for Modeling Matrix Diffusion Effects in REMChlor US Army Corp of Engineers Falta  
Estimating Mobile-Immobile Mass Transfer Parameters Using Direct Push Tools Solutions-IES, Inc. Falta  
Evaluating Thermal Heating with Elemental Mercury Savannah River National Laboratory Falta  
Rendering Co-Products as Electron Donors for Subsurface Remediation: A New Market for Rendered Co-Products Fats and Proteins Research Foundation, Inc. Finneran  
Abiotic Transformation of Chloroethenes in Low Permeability Formations SERDP Freedman  
Inhibitory and Synergistic Effects in Mixtures of Contaminants, and Evaluation of Hydraulic Source Isolation at the Area P DuPont Camaçari Site DuPont Freedman Falta
Forest Watershed Management Practices & Drinking Water Quality Environmental Protection Agency Karanfil  
Development of a Field-Deployable Membrane Bioreactor/Separator for Rendering Facility Wastewater Treatment Fats and Proteins Research Foundation, Inc. Ladner Zheng
DMREF: Collaborative Research: An integrated multiscale modeling and experimental approach to design fouling-resistant membranes NSF (National Science Foundation) Ladner  
High Performance Membranes for Engineered Osmosis NSF (National Science Foundation) Ladner  
Building Research Capacity for STEM Faculty Development NSF (National Science Foundation) Lee  
Discriminatory Transcriptional Response of Environmental Microorganisms and Microbial Communities to Low-Dose Ionizing Radiation Defense Threat Reduction Agency Martinez  
GP-EXTRA: Building an affective pathway to the geosciences through experiential learning opportunities for non-geoscience majors NSF (National Science Foundation) Moysey Brame, Coulson, Lee, Schlautman, Wagner
Provision of Geospatial Visualization Services HRP Associates Moysey  
Supplement- GP-EXTRA: Building an affective pathway to the geosciences through experiential learning opportunities for non-geoscience majors NSF (National Science Foundation) Moysey Brame, Coulson, Lee, Schlautman, Wagner
Characterizing and Interpreting the In Situ Strain Tensor During Co2 Injection DOE (UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY) Murdoch Moysey
Robust In Situ Strain Measurements to Monitor CO2 Storage DOE (UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY) Murdoch DeWolf, Moysey
Development of substrate-loaded microbial fuel cells for powering remote sensors Arizona State University (FDP) Popat  
Microbial Fuel Cells with Peroxide Production for Space Life Support Systems Applications SC Space Grant Consortium Popat  
Treatment of Rendering Wastewater in Microbial Fuel Cells with Nitrogen Recovery and Peroxide Production Fats and Proteins Research Foundation, Inc. Popat  
Anaerobic membrane bioreactors for wastewater treatment:  Enhanced performance through novel process improvements and low-fouling membranes Clemson University R-Initiatives Popat Ladner, Amy
Sponsor: Clemson University R-Initiatives DOE (UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY) Powell  
High-Temperature Atmosphere-Controlled Raman Microscope for Fuel Cycle Materials Research DOE (UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY) Powell  
Radionuclide Waste Disposal: Development of Multi-scale Experimental and Modeling Capabilities DOE Powell Darnault, DeVol, Falta, Finneran, Martinez, Molz, Moysey, Murdoch, Shuller-Nickles, Wagner
SRNL External Review of Select Competencies: Environmental Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Radiochemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, and Separations Science and Engineering Savannah River National Laboratory Powell  
SRR Technical Support Provided by Clemson University SCUREF Powell  
Stabilization of Pu Complexes on Mineral Colloids by Natural Organic Matter Lawrence Livermore National Labs Powell  
Technetium Extraction/Retention Using Methyldioctylamine (MDOA) Incorporated Into a Polymethacrylate Resin Savannah River National Laboratory Seliman DeVol
Clemson University Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Scholarship Program Nuclear Regulatory Commission Shuller-Nickles DeVol
Coupling Experiments and Atomic Modeling to Characterize Actinide Oxides in Support of Nuclear Forensics University of South Carolina Shuller-Nickles  
Energize: An Interactive Evaluation Tool for Engaging the General Public with Energy Decision Making DOE (UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY) Shuller-Nickles Carbajales-Dale, Moysey
Biotransformation of Meat and Bone Meal (MBM) into High-value Astaxanthin for Animal Feed Fats and Proteins Research Foundation, Inc. Zheng Ladner
Biotransformation of Space Mission Organic Waste and Martian Regolith into Nutraceuticals and Biocement SC Space Grant Consortium Zheng