Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Powell Research Highlighted by CECAS

Drs. Brian Powell and Kathyrn Peruski’s research on nuclear waste was featured in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences IDEAS magazine. Kathyrn was a PhD student of Dr. Powell’s, and their papers on the safe disposal of neptunium were featured on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science website.

Vanegas Awarded Major Grants to Study SARS-CoV-2 Virus

Diana Vanegas, Assistant Professor of Biosystems Engineering in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, has received an award totaling close to $900 K from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The title of her two year project is Development of an Automated Diagnostic Platform for SARS-CoV-2 Monitoring in Vulnerable Areas.  The devastation caused […]

New Research Capabilities

One of the key engines behind advanced research is state-of-the-art instrumentation.  The Department took a big leap forward in acquiring new tools over the past year.  We recently obtained an Agilent 6470 Triple Quadrupole LC/MS System.  Among the many compounds this instrument can detect at ultra-low concentrations, our initial focus is on measurement of per- […]

Popat’s research could help astronauts turn waste into hydrogen peroxide

Dr. Sudeep Popat recently received $750,000 from NASA to fund his research project focused on developing a way of making hydrogen peroxide for use on long-term space missions. Read the full newsstand article here. Dr. Popat’s research was also featured on several news stations. News clips from some of the stations can be found below: […]

Cates Receives EPA Grant to Study Treatment of PFAS

You cannot taste or smell them in your tap water, but most municipalities in the United States now have drinking water supplies that are contaminated with trace levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).  These chemicals were widely used in the production of products such as Teflon because of their remarkable properties.  Disposal of these […]

Karanfil Receives Prestigious Scientific Achievement Award

Dr. Tanju Karanfil received a scientific achievement award from the Turkish government for his international contributions and accomplishments in environmental engineering, specifically water quality and treatment.  Karanfil serves as Clemson University’s Vice President for Research and he is an EEES faculty member.  The award was presented by the President of Turkey, Tayyip Erdogan, at a ceremony […]

PhD Student Peruski Receives Hitachi Fellowship

Congratulations to Kathryn Peruski on being selected for the Hitachi High Technologies Electron Microscopy Graduate Fellowship Award. This is a $20,000 non-renewable one-year award to a Clemson graduate student utilizing electron microscopy. Kathryn is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences working with Dr. Brian Powell, and she has used the microscopes to […]

Adjunct Professor Leonid Germanovich Works at the Bottom of the Ocean

Dr. Leonid Germanovich recently joined EEES as an adjunct professor following his retirement from Georgia Tech, where he was a professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Not one to relax in retirement, Dr. Germanovich has maintained a very active research program that includes collaboration with EEES Professor Larry Murdoch.  His research is […]

Renewed project could protect environment for millennia

A team that has included more than 85 researchers from three South Carolina universities is receiving $2 million to continue investigating how buried nuclear waste would react with soil and groundwater if it were to leak into the environment. It’s a project that researchers said could help ensure safe disposal of nuclear waste, ideally for […]