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Recent Projects:

"Investigation of Effective Odor Control Strategies"
"Safe Discharge of Landfill Leachate to the Environment"
"Critical Examination of Leachate Collection Systems Clogging at SWA Disposal Facilities"
"Sustainable Management of Pollutants Underneath Landfills"
"Onsite Treatment of Leachate Using Energized Processes"
"Management of Subsurface Reductive Dissolution Underneath Landfills"
"Energized Processes for On-Site Management of Leachate"

"Interactive Decision Support Tool for Leachate Management"
"Investigation of Energized Options for Management of Leachate"
"Photochemical Iron-Mediated Aeration Treatment of Landfill Leachate"
"Preliminary Investigation of TiO2-Magnetite Photocatalysis"

 


"INVESTIGATION OF EFFECTIVE ODOR CONTROL STRATEGIES"

In 2015, the Bill Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management and FAU Lab.EES teamed up to find ways to improve and standardize odor identification, evaluate additional methods to establish reasonable, objective standards for odor severity, and explore other options for mitigation and detection including a novel technology that uses human odor binding proteins to quantify odors

 

"SAFE DISCHARGE OF LANDFILL LEACHATE TO THE ENVIRONMENT"

In 2013, the Bill Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management and FAU Lab.EES teamed up to test alternatives for treating leachate from partially closed or closed landfills so that the treated water could be beneficially reused onsite or even discharged to a surface water body. One candidate for this process is the photooxidative reactor developed at FAU

Link to Youtube Video

 


"CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF LEACHATE COLLECTION SYSTEM CLOGGING AT SWA DISPOSAL FACILITIES"

In 2012, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, the Bill Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, University of Florida and FAU Lab.EES teamed up to conduct research on mechanisms and prevention of leachate collection system clogging.

Video of clogging experiment

video of clog


"SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF POLLUTANTS UNDERNEATH LANDFILLS"

In 2012, the Bill Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management issued a research grant to FAU Lab.EES to continue to to develop a list of engineering management alternatives for controlling the release of elevated levels of iron in the aquifer beneath landfills. The objective of the research is to investigate the key parameters governing reductive dissolution of iron and to conduct laboratory experiments on methods such as groundwater circulation well technology for iron removal from groundwater and soils at landfill impacted sites.


"ONSITE TREATMENT OF LEACHATE USING ENERGIZED PROCESSES"

In 2011, the Bill Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management issued a research grant to FAU Lab.EES to continue to develop advanced oxidation processes for detoxification of landfill leachate. Previous work funded by the Center has led to the development of reactor prototypes for pilot scale testing. The objective of the proposed research is to test the prototype reactors at pilot scale for the removal of COD/BOD, ammonia, heavy metals, color, and pathogens.


"MANAGEMENT OF SUBSURFACE REDUCTIVE DISSOLUTION UNDERNEATH LANDFILLS"

In 2010, the Bill Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management issued a research grant to FAU Lab.EES to develop a list of engineering management alternatives for controlling the release of elevated levels of iron in the aquifer beneath landfills. The objective is to investigate the key parameters governing reductive dissolution of iron and to conduct laboratory experiments on methods for iron removal from groundwater at landfill impacted sites.
 


"ENERGIZED PROCESSES FOR ON-SITE MANAGEMENT OF LEACHATE"

In 2009, the Bill Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management issued a research grant to FAU Lab.EES to develop pilot scale onsite treatment systems capable of detoxifying leachate with the power of ultraviolet light and advanced oxidation. The objective of the proposed research is to test photooxidative processes at pilot scale for the removal of COD/BOD, ammonia, heavy metals, color, and pathogens.
 


"INTERACTIVE DECISION SUPPORT TOOL FOR LEACHATE MANAGEMENT"

In 2008, the Bill Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management issued a research grant to FAU Lab.EES to develop a web-based, internet-accessible municipal solid waste leachate management decision support tool for utilities, consultants, and regulators of landfill leachate in Florida.

This research will address a major technological need for:

  1. Improving the measurement and evaluation of current leachate management practices

  2. Improving the design and implementation of new or upgraded systems

  3. Improving the regulatory framework to adequately deal with changing technologies and lessons learned 

  4. Enhancing access to vital information on leachate management strategies and applications.

The objectives of the research are to:

  • To identify viable options for leachate management and rank them according to sustainability, performance, risk, and cost criteria. The assessment will not be limited to current practices. Futuristic technologies, such as plasma arc or photocatalytic oxidation using iron-mediated aeration or TiO2-coated magnetite (under development at FAU), must also be evaluated to forecast which alternatives will be employed by the solid waste community in the years to come.

  • To develop an interactive, web-based decision support tool to aid solid waste managers in long-term decision-making.

To learn more about the research click here.


"INVESTIGATION OF ENERGIZED OPTIONS
FOR MANAGEMENT OF LEACHATE"

In 2005, the Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management issued a research grant to FAU Lab-EES to investigate treatment options for long-term management of landfill leachate in Florida.

This research will address a major technological need for sustainable, economical options for routine leachate treatment and safe discharge to the environment by investigating energized processes, such as photochemical oxidation, which includes the futuristic photochemical iron-mediated aeration (PIMA) and TiO2-magnetite photocatalysis.

The objectives of the research are to:

  • To examine the literature on energized alternatives for management of leachate; collect leachate quality data; identify issues/trends associated with long-term leachate management; and prepare a list of energized alternatives ranked according to environmental sustainability, efficiency, risk, and economic factors.

  • To design and test laboratory reactors for leachate treatment using energized options such as the photochemical iron-mediated aeration technology (PIMA) and TiO2-magnetite photocatalytic processes.

  • To prepare preliminary cost analyses and risk assessments on selected technologies to provide a Florida-specific matrix of engineering alternatives that are innovative, economical, and environmentally sound to aid solid waste management personnel in decision-making.

To view more pictures of the research click here.


"PHOTOCHEMICAL IRON-MEDIATED TREATMENT OF LANDFILL LEACHATE"

The goal of this project is to address the lack of viable and sustainable engineering alternatives for handling leachate. One such futuristic technology is called Photochemical Iron Mediated Aeration (PIMA).


"PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION OF TiO2-MAGNETITE PHOTOCATALYSIS"

The goal of this project is to begin development of TiO2-magnetite photocatalysis for treatment of landfill leachate. Tests were conducted using simulated leachates and monitoring the removal kinetics of various organic constituents (COD).


 

 

   

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