Browse Research Projects -- Illinois Sustainable Technology Center by Title

  • 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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  • (2017)
    The Emerging Contaminants Consortium (formerly PPCPs Consortium) is hosted by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and is open to anyone who is currently conducting research on pharmaceuticals, personal care ...

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  • Rajagopalan, Nandakishore; Lindsey, Tim; Skerlos, Steven J. (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2001)
    The use of ultrafiltration (UF) applications with alkaline cleaners was a common practice as of 2001, but at the time UF was still susceptible to fouling and stripping out active agents from the cleaners. ISTC’s Kishore ...

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  • Holm, Nancy; Meschewski, Elizabeth; Sharma, B.K.; Spokas, Kurt; Kelly, John (2013)
    Researchers Nancy Holm, Elizabeth Meschewski, and B.K. Sharma of ISTC along with Kurt Spokas – U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, St. Paul, MN – and Lacy Walsh, ISTC’s 2013 Summer Intern from ...

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  • Rajagopalan, Nandakishore; Menniti, Adrienne; Kramer, Timothy A.; Clark, Mark M. (Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2005)
    Metalworking fluids are used for cooling, lubrication, and corrosion control in the metal products industry. As of the mid-2000s, many manufacturers were using filtration or centrifugal systems to remove impurities from ...

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  • 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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