Environmental Engineering

Reusable Ionic Liquid Enables Extraction of Precious Rare-earth Elements from Coal Fly Ash

A close up of coal ash and a silver instrument in a dish held by hands in white latex gloves

Researchers from Georgia Tech’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering have discovered a way to extract rare-earth elements—essential ingredients for nearly all modern electronics—from the ash left behind at coal-burning power plants using a non-toxic ionic liquid.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Grubert Contributes to New Report - "On the Path to an Equitable Energy Transition"

A black and white portrait of Assistant Professor Emily Grubert in front of green and blue graphics of the earth, environment and infrastructure.

Emily Grubert, assistant professor in the Georgia Tech School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has contributed to a new report from Resources for the Future (RFF) entitled, "On the Path to an Equitable Energy Transition." RFF is an independent, nonprofit, non-partisan research institution in Washington, DC.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Zhou Receives American Chemical Society Graduate Student Award

The American Chemical Society has honored a School of Civil and Environmental Engineering doctoral student for his research productivity and academic performance

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

LISTEN: Grubert Shares Expertise on What Went Wrong with the Electric Grid in Texas

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Millions of people in Texas are without electricity as winter storms bring frigid temperatures that have crippled the state’s power grid.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Xie Recognized as Emerging Investigator

Assistant Professor Xing Xie has received the Emerging Investigator Award from the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization.

The Emerging Investigator Award recognizes scientists and engineers that have demonstrated significant impact on research, teaching, service and leadership in the field of sustainable nanotechnology.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Georgia Tech Team Wins Grand Challenge Award in ASCE Innovation Contest

A team from Georgia Tech has won the Grand Challenge Award from the American Society of Civil Engineering’s Innovation Contest with a concept that could change the way engineers detect microplastics in water.

The award is the latest accomplishment for the recent Tech graduates, who began working on their innovative device called River Recon as a senior design project and are now in the process of filing a patent for their prototype.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Research: Shuttering Fossil Fuel Power Plants May Cost Less Than Expected

A map of the United States uses color to illustrate the lifespan of existing power plants

Decarbonizing U.S. electricity production will require both construction of renewable energy sources and retirement of power plants now operated by fossil fuels. A generator-level model described in the Dec. 4 issue of the journal Science suggests that most fossil fuel power plants could complete normal lifespans and still close by 2035 because so many facilities are nearing the end of their operational lives.

Friday, December 4, 2020

From Wastewater to Farm-Fresh Produce

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Every day, an estimated 34 billion gallons of wastewater is processed in treatment facilities across the country, according to the EPA. Now, some of that wastewater will be treated right on campus next to the Center Street Apartments and eventually used to grow fresh produce.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Covid-19 Response: Monitoring Air Quality

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The airline industry has undoubtedly been one of the hardest-hit by the coronavirus as people abandoned trips on tightly packed airplanes to avoid exposure. This almost immediate world-wide drop in air travel in early 2020 presented researchers with an unprecedented opportunity to study how emissions from air travel affect the air we breathe.

Monday, November 2, 2020

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