Browse Research Projects -- Illinois Sustainable Technology Center by Title

  • Sharma, B.K. (2015)
    Besides fuels, petroleum is used in a wide variety of items including plastics, construction adhesives, asphalt, lubricants, chemicals, and waxes. With petroleum being a limited resource, researchers are interested in ...

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  • Zheng, Wei; Rajagopalan, Kishore (2010)
    Wei Zheng – senior research scientist at ISTC – and Kishore Rajagopalan – associate director for applied research at ISTC – evaluated the ability of an unmodified biochar to sorb two triazine pesticides, atrazine and ...

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  • Jiang, Junhua; Yim, Chris (2013)
    ISTC researcher examined biochar as a cost-effective, more sustainable replacement for activated carbon in electrodes inside sensors for water quality tests. As a part of the I-STEM High School Summer Research Experience, ...

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  • Pickowitz, Joe (2010)
    ISTC researchers have joined with Partners for People and Place (PPP) to establish a biodiesel market in Haiti. The electrical grid in Haiti is spotty at best, so many houses use diesel generators for electricity. Running ...

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  • Chandrasekaran, Sriraam; Sharma, B.K. (2015)
    According to the International Carbon Black Association, carbon black is virtually pure elemental carbon in the form of colloidal particles that are produced by incomplete combustion or thermal decomposition of gaseous or ...

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  • Zheng, Wei; Zhao, Ling (2014)
    During their lives, plants absorb massive amounts of carbon, which is then naturally released as CO2 into the atmosphere as plants decay. When plant matter is pyrolyzed and converted to biochar, some of the carbon is ...

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  • OBrien, Kevin C. (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2016-02)
    Presented at the 6th Carbon Dioxide Utilization Summit, Newark, NJ : February 24-25, 2016.

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  • Sharma, B.K.; Scott, John (2015)
    In an era of water and fuel insecurity, it is important to develop methods to both conserve water and produce fuels from non-petroleum sources. Innovative use of wastewater is part of the solution. Researchers have discovered ...

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  • Rajagopalan, Kishore (2013)
    Several options for dewatering fine coal and refuse are available to coal preparation plants to recover the coal material for reuse. However, cost-effective dewatering continues to be a technical and economic barrier to ...

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  • Stone, Mark E.; Scott, John W.; Schultz, Stephen T.; Berry, Denise L.; Wilcoxon, Monte; Piwoni, Marvin D.; Panno, Brent; Bordson, Gary (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2009)
    In drinking water treatments, a form of chlorine is used for disinfection so that bacteria do not contaminate pipes. Most drinking water treatment plants use chlorine (HOCl/OCl-), but some have switched to monochloramine ...

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  • Zheng, Wei; Rajagopalan, Kishore; Sharma, B.K. (2012)
    using waste coffee grounds to produce energy and lubricant products.

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  • Scott, John (2007)
    Lake Calumet in Illinois was a former glacial lake draining into Lake Michigan. After extensive industrialization and modifications to the area, it now drains to the Des Plaines River, which runs to the Mississippi River. ...

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  • Jiang, Junhua; Holm, Nancy (2013)
    Known as “agricultural residue,” corn cobs are typically left on the field after harvest and wasted. But if farmers collected corn cobs to sell as a carbon source, the farmer would earn a little extra income and the tech ...

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  • OBrien, Kevin C.; Lu, Yongqi; Patel, Vinod; Greenberg, Sallie; Locke, Randall; Larson, Michael; Krishnamurthy, Krish R.; Byron, Makini; Naumovitz, Joseph; Guth, David S.; Bennett, Stephen J. (Elsevier, 2017-07)
    The successful implementation of CCUS requires the confluence of technology, regulatory, and financial factors. One of the factors that impact this confluence is the ability to utilize and monetize captured CO2. The ...

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  • Li, Xiaolin; Zheng, Wei; Machesky, Michael L.; Yates, Scott R.; Katterhenry, Michael (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2011)
    ISTC’s senior research scientist Wei Zheng collaborated with researchers from the Illinois State Water Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the University of Illinois to determine the degradation kinetics of ...

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  • Rajagopalan, Nandakishore; Wentz, J.E.; Kapoor, S.G.; DeVor, R.E. (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2006)
    Microfiltration can increase the service life of metalworking fluid by removing contaminants. However, membranes quickly become clogged, a process known as fouling. Anti-fouling methods in practice in the mid-2000s involved ...

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  • Kelly, John; Rosi-Marshall, Emma; Scott, John (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2015-02)
    In urban areas wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent can represent a significant component of freshwater ecosystems, and WWTP effluent can be a point source for a variety of pollutants, including pharmaceuticals and ...

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  • Eppert, Joseph J.; DeVor, Richard E.; Kapoor, Shiv G.; Rajagopalan, Nandakishore (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2003)
    Some metalworking fluids are designed to coat the surfaces of newly machined metal with rust inhibitors. At some point, these inhibitors are expected to become depleted in the metalworking fluid. How quickly does this ...

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  • Stone, Mark E.; Kuehne, John C.; Cohen, Mark E.; Talbott, Jonathan L.; Scott, John W. (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2006)
    Dental amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Mercury typically makes up about 50% of it. The amalgam is used to provide the dental patient with a strong durable filling. Some of the dental amalgam may ...

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