Water-Energy-Food Nexus

With the recent emphasis on understanding the interconnections among energy, water and food, this new research focus area is still in its developmental phase.

  • Faculty
  • Students

     

  • Awards and Recognition

    • Parker Lusk, a senior in Chemical Engineering advised by Professor Holly Stretz, was named as an extraordinary student contributor among the Creative Inquiry Summer Experience awardees at the Tennessee Tech 13th Annual Research and Creative Inquiry Day. His work is on sensors as part of the water-energy-nexus collaboration between the Center for Energy Systems Research and the Water Center. Lusk was also one of the Posters at the Capitol award winners from that sensors project. The State of Tennessee hosts this event annually in which 61 students are invited to show their undergraduate research and meet the State legislators as well as the Governor. It was also announced that Lusk is the second place winner of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual National Student Conference Materials Engineering Science Division competition, to be held in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, November 2018.
    • Chemical engineering Assistant Professor Laura Arias Chavez won the 2017 Young Membrane Scientist Award from the North American Membrane Society. Xi Zhe Ong, Arias Chavez's master's student, won the Best Poster Award at the Tennessee Tech Water Professionals Conference and second place in the Liquid Separations Category of the Student Poster Competition at the 27th Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society. Arias Chavez's other master's student Doug Huttes won a $500 travel award from the North American Membrane Society for the 2018 annual meeting. Kiana Sealy, an undergraduate research advisee who worked on Arias Chavez's EAGER grant, earned the College of Engineering's SPECTRUM Award for her initiatives and achievements in educational, research, and professional development activities. A poster titled "Utilizing Desalination Brine for Concentration of Orange Juice via Forward Osmosis," written by Arias Chavez and students H.D. White, L.M. Templeton, and S.L. Jones, won the graduate student poster competition in the category of Chemical Engineering at the Tennessee Tech Research and Creative Inquiry Day held April 2018.

  • Projects

     

  • Publications/Presentations

     Journal Articles Published (Fiscal Year 2018-2019)

    • Ohemeng-Ntiamoah, J., and T. Datta. 2019. “Perspectives on Variabilities in Biomethane Potential Test Parameters and Outcomes: A Review of Studies Published Between 2007 and 2018,” Science of the Total Environment, accessed online at www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969719305698.

    Presentations (Fiscal Year 2018-2019)

    • Ohemeng-Ntiamoah, J., and T. Datta. “Optimizing Renewable Energy Recovery from Organic Waste Substrate Using Anaerobic Co-Digestion,” presented at the AEESP Conference, Arizona State University, Phoenix,
      May 2019.
    • Ohemeng-Ntiamoah, J., and T. Datta. “Exploring Renewable Energy Recovery for Sustainable Wastewater Management,” presented at the 28th Tennessee Water Resources Symposium, Montgomery Bell State Park, April 2019.
    • White, H.D., L.M. Templeton, S.L. Jones, and L.H. Arias Chavez. “Use of Desalination Brine for Low-Energy Concentrations of Orange Juice,” presented during the Gordon Research Seminar and Gordon Research Conference on Membranes: Materials and Processes, New London, New Hampshire, August 2018 (Dr. Arias Chavez served as a Discussion Leader at this conference.)
    • White, H.D., L.M. Templeton, S.L. Jones, and L.H. Arias Chavez. “Use of Desalination Brine for Low-Energy Concentration of Orange Juice,” presented at the Tennessee Tech Research and Creative Inquiry Day, Cookeville, Tennessee, April 2019 (won Best Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Poster Award).
    • White, H.D., L.M. Templeton, S.L. Jones, and L.H. Arias Chavez. “Use of Desalination Brine for Low-Energy Concentration of Organic Juice,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society,
      Pittsburgh, PA, May 2019.
    • White, H.D., L.M. Templeton, S.L. Jones, and L.H. Arias Chavez. “Use of Desalination Brine for Low-Energy Concentration of Orange Juice,” presented at the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Research and Education Conference, Tempe, Arizona, May 2019.

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