Research

Overview

My research has been directed toward developing new and improving understanding of existing treatment systems for water, wastewater, hazardous wastes and contaminated soils and sludges. This research has covered a variety of physical, chemical and biological treatment methods and has been into my teaching and consulting. Currently, I am focusing on research associated with treatment processes that apply chemical redox reactions for treatment of toxic compounds such as arsenic, mercury, selenium, chlorinated organics, perchlorate, PFOA, chromate and nitrate.  I am also involved with developing improved treatment technologies for improving desalination and industrial cooling water systems.

Current and Recent Projects

“Solar-driven Advanced Reduction Processes for Destroying Persistent Contaminants in Water”, National Priorities Research Program, Qatar National Research Fund, March 1, 2016 to March 1, 2019; $809,607; with principal investigators Dr. Ahmed Abdel Wahab and Dr. Ying Li. (Abstract)

 

“Significant Expansion of Water Reuse using Electron Beam (eBeam) Technology”, Creation and Deployment of Water-Use Efficient Technology Platforms Program, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and Texas A&M Agrilife Research, February 1, 2014 to August 31, 2015, with principal investigator Dr. Suresh Pillai, collaborator Dr. Yongheng Huang principal,  $ 242,902 (Abstract).

 

 “Reductive Immobilization and Removal of Arsenic and Selenium from Contaminated Water Using Advanced Reduction Processes”, National Priorities Research Program, Qatar National Research Fund, January 15, 2014 to January 14, 2017; with co-investigator Dr. Ahmed Abdel Wahab, and Prof. Mohamed Mahmoud; $1,049,075 (Abstract).

 

 “Disinfection Byproducts Removal from Water Using Advanced Reduction Processes”, National Priorities Research Program, Qatar National Research Fund, January 15, 2012 to January 15, 2015; with co-investigators Dr. Ahmed Abdel Wahab, and Dr. Krishnapuram Karthikeyan (Abstract).

 

“Removal of Mercury from Wastewater Using Reactive Adsorbent/Membrane (RAM) Hybrid Filtration Process”, National Priorities Research Program, Qatar National Research Fund, January 15, 2012 to January 15, 2015; with co-investigator Dr. Ahmed Abdel Wahab, and Dr. Patrick Linke; (Abstract)

 

Older Projects

“Modeling Land Application of High Salinity Wastewaters”, Texas Hazardous Waste Research Center, July 5, 2012, July 15, 2013; with principal investigator Dr. Gretchen Miller, $25,000.

 

“An Advanced Reduction Process Using Sulfite and Ultraviolet Light”, Texas Hazardous Waste Research Center; September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2012; (Abstract).

 

 “Advanced Reduction Processes for Hazardous Waste Treatment”, National Priorities Research Program, Qatar National Research Fund, September 1, 2009 to August 31, 2012; with co-investigators Dr. Ahmed Abdel Wahab, Dr. Patrick Linke. (Abstract)

 

 “Study of Residual Chlorine and Chlorinated By-Products in Sea Near Messaaeid Industrial Area”, Qatar Fertiliser Company, February 2009 to February 2010; with Dr. Ahmed Abdel Wahab, Dr. Mahmoud El-Halwagi, Dr. Patrick Linke. (Abstract)

 

“Discover Investigation of Advanced Reduction Processes”, Texas Hazardous Waste Research Center; September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2010. (Abstract)

 

“Inland Desalination with Zero Liquid Discharge for Brackish Groundwater”, Qatar Science and Technology Park Proof-of-Concept, July 2008 to December 2009;   with Dr. Ahmed Abdel Wahab, Dr. Mahmoud El-Halwagi, Dr. Patrick Linke. (Abstract)

 

“A Holistic Approach to the Sustainable Use of Seawater for Process Cooling”, Qatar National Research Fund, March 2008 to March 2011; with co-investigators Dr. Ahmed Abdel Wahab, Dr. Mahmoud El-Halwagi, Dr. Patrick Linke. (Abstract)

 

 “Perchlorate Remediation by Divalent Titanium”, Texas Hazardous Waste Research Center; September 1, 2006 to August 31, 2009.  (Abstract)

 

“Novel Adsorbent-Reactants for Treatment of Ash and Scrubber Pond Effluents”, U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, February 2006 to January 2009.  (Abstract)

 

“Elimination of Oxidants Using Zero Valent Metals”, Transportation Technology Center, American Association of Railroads, January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2008.  (Abstract)

 

 “Perchlorate Ion (C1O4) Reduction Using an Electrochemically Induced Catalytic Reaction on Activated Carbon”, Texas Hazardous Waste Research Center; September 1, 2006 to August 31, 2007.

 

“Arsenic Removal by Novel Nanoporous Adsorbents – Kinetics, Equilibrium and Regenerability”,  U.S. Geological Survey, National Institute for Water Research, through the Texas Water Resources Institute, March 2006 to February 2007.

 

 “UHL Treatment of Tailings Pond Water”, Suncor Energy, February 12, 2007 to August 13, 2007.

“Development of Contact Systems for Removal of Arsenic from Drinking Water Using Synthesized Pyrite”, Advanced  Technology Program, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2005. (Abstract)

 

“Application of of High-Activity Modified Green Rusts for Treatment of Water and Wastewater”, Advanced  Technology Program, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, January 1, 2002 to August, 2004.  (Abstract)

“Arsenic Removal and Stabilization with Synthesized Pyrite”, Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center (USEPA); January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2005.  (Abstract)

“DNAPL Source Control by Reductive Dechlorination with Iron-based Degradative Solidification/Stabilization”, Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center (USEPA); January 1, 2004 to August 31, 2005.   (Abstract)

"An Innovative Technology for Recycled Industrial Wastewater Treatment"; Texas Hazardous Waste Research Center, September 1, 2001 to August 31; 2004. (Abstract )

"Degradative Solidification/Stabilization for Aliphatic Chlorinated Hydrocarbons"; Texas Hazardous Waste Research Center; September 1, 2001 to August 31, 2004.  (Abstract)

"Degradation of Halogenated Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Soils and Sediments"; Texas Advanced Technology Program, January 2000 to August 2002. (Abstract available)

"Reductive Dechlorination by Soils and Soil Minerals", Texas Hazardous Waste Research Center, September 1998 to March 2002. (Abstract available)

"Remediation of Chromium in the Vadose Zone", Texas Hazardous Waste Research Center, September 1998 to March 2002. (Abstract available)

 “Creating a Faculty Incubater Group to Encourage Distributed Water Processing and Recycling (DWPR) in Oil and Gas Operations”; Texas Water Resources Institute; May 2000 to August 2001.  (Abstract available)

“Low Cost Electron-beam Remediation of Industrial Water and Wastewater”; Texas Water Resources Institute; May 2000 to August 2001.  (Abstract available)

“Degradative Solidification/Stabilization Technology for Chlorinated Hydrocarbons"; Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center; September 1, 1996 to August 31, 1999; Dr. Elizabeth Carraway Co-Investigator. (Abstract available)

"Equilibrium, Kinetic and Reactive Transport Models for Plutonium"; Department of Energy (through Amarillo National Resource Center for Plutonium and the University of Texas at Austin); January 1999 to January 2000. (Abstract available)

"Environmental Education and Training for DoD"; Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences, Department of Defense, September 1994 to September 1995, (training), September 1994 to September 1999, (fellowships); Dr. Robin Autenrieth and Mr. Jerry Nickerson, Co-Investigators.

"Risk-based Performance Criteria for Solidification/Stabilization"; Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center; September 1, 1996 to March 31, 1999. (Abstract available)

"Chemical Models and Redox Chemistry of Chromium"; Department of Energy (through Amarillo National Resource Center for Plutonium); January 1997 to January 1998;  Dr. Mark Schlautman, Co-Investigator.

"Reactive Containment of Hazardous Wastes by Degradative Solidification/Stabilization", E.I. duPont de Nemours and Company, September 1, 1995 to August 31, 1997; Dr. Elizabeth Carraway Co-Investigator.

"Environmental Restoration and Monitoring at the Pantex Plant: Chromium Remediation", Department of Energy through the University of Texas at Austin; November 1994 to January 1996; Dr. Mark Schlautman and Dr. Elizabeth Carraway, Co-Investigators

"Develop Mechanisms for Independent Monitoring of Pit Storage at Pantex Plant", Department of Energy; July 1994 to January 1995.

"Solidification/Stabilization of Uranium Contaminated Sludges", Martin Marietta Energy Systems (Oak Ridge National Laboratory); June 1993 to September 1995; Dr. Wilson Pitt, Co-Investigator.

"A Stochastic Model for Pump-and-Treat Remediation"; Office of Exploratory Research, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, October 1992 to January 1996, ; Dr. Juan Valdés, Dr. Michael Stallard, Dr. Yavuz Corapcioglu, Co-Investigators.

"Removal of Heavy Metal Ions by Surfactant-Based Ultrafiltration: On-Site Testing"; Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center, June 1994 to May 1995; Dr. Sefa Koseoglu, Co-Investigator.

"Removal of Toxic Heavy Metal Ions from Metal Finishing Industries Effluents by Pilot Plant Scale Membrane Separation Technology"; Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center, June 1990 to May 1994; Dr. Sefa Koseoglu, Co-Investigator.

"Binding Chemistry and Leaching Mechanisms in Solidified Hazardous Wastes", Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center, May 1988 to April 1994, Dr. David Cocke, Co-Principal Investigator (1988 to 1990).

"Chemical Immobilization Processes in Solidified Wastes"; Texas Advanced Technology Program, January, 1990 to January 1992.

"A Kinetic Model of the Biostrip Process", Texas A&M University Research Enhancement Program, March 1987 to August 1988.

"Speciation and Behavior of Silica in Recycled Cooling Water", Texas A&M University Research Enhancement Program, March 1987 to August 1988.

"Ultra­high Lime Treatment of Recycled Cooling Water," Bureau of Reclamation, Office of Water Research, September 1983 to August 1985.

"Development of a Rapid Haloform Formation Potential Test for Water Treatment Plant Control," American Water Works Association Research Foundation, January 1983 to December 1983.

"Kinetics of Aluminum Hydrolysis," U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, July 1982 to June 1984.

"Wastewater Treatment and Reuse at Lignite­ Fueled Power Generating Stations and Conversion Plants," Center for Energy and Mineral Resources, September 1981 to August 1983.

"Treatment of Domestic Wastewater for Reuse with Inorganic Oxide Adsorbents," Office of Water Research and Technology, September 1980 to August 1983.

"Survey and Control of Synthetic Organics in Texas Water Supplies", Texas Water Resources Institute, October 1978 to December 1980.

"Research Initiation: Design and Control of Biological Wastewater Treatment Systems for Concurrent Nitrogen and Carbon Removal"; National Science Foundation; April 1977 to December 1979.

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