Browse Research Projects -- Illinois Sustainable Technology Center by Title

  • Zheng, Wei; Li, Xiaolin; Machesky, Michael; Yates, Scott R.; Katterhenry, Michael; Bradford, Scott A.; Kelly, Walton R.; Zou, Yonghong (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2013)
    Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) have been identified as one of the most important sources for the release of animal hormones and veterinary antibiotics into the aquatic environment. Funded by a USDA research ...

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  • Loftus, Lucy; Jin, Guang; Armstrong, Shalamar; Bierma, Thomas J.; Walker, Paul; Zheng, Wei; Kelly, Walt (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2015-01)
    The potential human and environmental health risks posed by pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) have been identified as a research priority at both the federal and state level. It has been well documented ...

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  • Mensching, Donna; Beasley, Val (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2009-04)
    Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are ubiquitous flame retardants and known endocrine disruptors used in many household products since the 1970s. They are lipophilic and bioaccumulate, with tissue residues in humans ...

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  • Wentz, John E.; Kapoor, Shiv G.; DeVor, Richard E.; Rajagopalan, Nandakishore; Gilmer, Jessica; Eppert, J.J. (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2007)
    It was initially thought that no metalworking fluid could be developed to meet industry specifications and be compatible with membranes to use microfiltration to remove contaminants. However, Rajagopalan’s team developed ...

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  • Jiang, Junhua (2014)
    A team at ISTC and scientists from Argonne national Laboratory have successfully produced multi-component Si-based materials from rice husk and demonstrated their potential as Li-ion anode materials.

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  • Gear Oil 
    Sharma, B.K. (2012)
    Gear oil is an important industrial lubricant. If stable and high-quality bio-based gear oils and additives can be developed, petroleum-based lubricants may be a thing of the past. Researchers, including ISTC’s Dr. B.K. ...

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  • Sharma, B.K.; Vardon, Derek (2014)
    Green diesel, or renewable diesel-grade hydrocarbons, can be produced from microalgae, waste grease, or other lipid-rich feedstocks. Green diesel consumes less fossil fuel and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than ...

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  • Sharma, B.K.; Scott, John; Kunwar, Bidhya (2014)
    Petroleum-based industrial lubricants present undesirable environmental and health effects, including toxicity to wildlife and humans, as well as poor biodegradability. Therefore, there is a growing interest in developing ...

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  • Rajagopalan, Nandakishore; Greeley, M. (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2003)
    Kishore Rajagopalan and his colleague explored how contaminants like tramp oils and salts impact the productivity of recycled metalworking fluids. They found that metalworking fluids had no losses in cooling and lubricating ...

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  • Rajagopalan, Nandakishore; Skerlos, Steven J.; DeVor, Richard E.; Kapoor, Shiv G.; Angspatt, V. Don (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 1999)
    A ceramic membrane filtration system can be an effective tool to increase the lifespan of medalworking fluids and reduce biological hazards. However, the usefulness of the membranes may be reduced by different additives ...

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  • Sharma, B.K. (2009)
    Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) grows in the arid southwestern United States. A thick wax on the outside of the plant and in its seeds helps the plants conserve water, but that's not the only thing it's good for. The wax ...

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  • Taylor, Steven J.; Kelly, Walton R.; Panno, Samuel V.; Weck, Robert; Zheng, W.; Zhang, Y.; Liu, W.-T. (Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois, 2014-07-09)
    The objective of this study was to provide data to help address the following questions: Have land use practices become safer for the environment and ...

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  • OBrien, Kevin C. (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2017)
    The work summarized in this report is the first step towards a project that will re-train and create jobs for personnel in the coal industry and continue regional economic development to benefit regions impacted by previous ...

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  • Zheng, Wei; Holm, Nancy; Meschewski, Beth (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2013)
    In spring 2013, ISTC became involved as a partner with a new program in Champaign Country which collects old and unwanted drugs to keep them out of landfills, or to keep them from being flushed down the toilet. The project ...

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  • Scott, John; Zheng, Wei; Holm, Nancy; Panno, S.V.; Kelly, W.R.; McNeish, R.E.; Hoellein, T.J.; Baranski, E.L. (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2018)
    Low concentrations of microplastics are present in Illinois’ karst groundwater, according to a preliminary study completed in spring 2018. This is the first time that microplastics have been detected in groundwater. The ...

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  • Sharma, B.K.; Rajagopalan, Kishore (2010)

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  • Eppert, Joseph J.; Rajagopalan, Nandakishore; DeVor, Richard E.; Kapoor, Shiv G. (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2003)
    Metalworking fluids are designed to perform specified tasks in the factory. However, these fluids can become contaminated during the manufacturing process by other factory components such as tramp oil. As more and more ...

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  • Zheng, Wei; Scott, John W.; Holm, Nancy; Machesky, Michael L. (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2018-11)
    Agricultural fields in the Midwestern United States are commonly tile-drained. This drainage system is used to remove excess water from the soil profile to increase crop production and promote soil conservation. However, ...

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