Water Security and Sustainability

Innovative methods are being developed for the treatment of wastewater and to ensure that water quality is maintained. 

The overarching objective of this thrust area is to enable fundamental and applied research on topics aimed toward conserving the quantity and enhancing the quality of our water resources.    

          

Water Security Research Leader  

This is being done through the assessment and development of innovative water and wastewater treatment technologies; understanding the impact of stormwater runoff on watershed health; the use of an integrated watershed management approach; and groundwater quality assessment. 

Research Focus Area Leader: Dr. Tania Datta, Tennessee Tech Water Center

  • Faculty
  • Students

     

  • Projects

    • GOALI: Reclaiming Valuable Resources from Industrial Wastewater
      L. Arias Chavez/National Science Foundation
    • Performance Evaluation of Existing Vegetated Swales for Stormwater Runoff Reduction
      T. Datta/Ensafe Inc. Funded by Tennessee Department of Transportation
    • Project INSPIRE: A STEM Teacher Residency
      J. Boles/National Science Foundation
    • Tracking the Sources of Nitrogen Pollutants in TDOT MS3 Stormwater Discharges
      T. Datta/Ensafe Inc. Funded by Tennessee Department of Transportation
    • U.S.-Iraq Higher Education Partnerships Program-Solid Waste Management Improvement in Iraq
      T. Datta/IREX

  • Publications/Presentations

    Journal Articles Published (Fiscal Year 2017-2018)

    • Mikawa, M., T. Datta, Y. Amano, and M. Machida. 2017. "Dominant Characteristics Between Microcystis aeruginosa and Cyclotella sp. Accompanying Dilution Process in Eutrophic Lake," Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 228(5), 174.
    • Ohemeng-Nitamoah, J., and T. Datta. 2018. "Evaluating Analytical Methods for the Characterization of Lipids, Proteins, and Carbohydrates in Organic Substrates for Anaerobic Co-Digestion," Bioresource Technology, 247, 697-704.

    Presentations (Fiscal Year 2017-2018)

    • Arias Chavez, L.H., S.B. Hornsby, P. Ranjan, B.J. Goans, and K.T. Sealy. "Importance of Variability in Surface Morphology of Polyamide Selective Layers on Thin-Film Composite Membranes," presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2018.
    • Arias Chavez, L.H., A.S. Mohammad, J.J. Biernacki, M.R. Esfahani, and E.M. Languri. "Limitations of the Structural Parameter for Understanding Forward Osmosis," presented at the International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes, San Francisco, California, 2017.
    • Hornsby, S.B., B.J. Goans, K.T. Sealy, and L.H. Arias Chavez. "Variability in Morphology of Polyamide Active Layers for Thin Film Composite Membranes," presented at the International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes, San Francisco, California, 2017.
    • Huttes, D.A., X.-Z. Ong, L.M. Templeton, and L.H. Arias Chavez. "Separation of Inorganic Components from Industrial Wastewater via a Hybrid Forward Osmosis--Reverse Osmosis System," presented at the 13th Annual Research and Creative Inquiry Day, Cookeville, Tennessee, 2018.
    • Huttes, D.A., X.-Z. Ong, L.M. Templeton, H.D. White, and L.H. Arias Chavez. "Separation of Inorganic Components from Industrial Wastewater via a Hybrid Forward Osmosis--Reverse Osmosis System," presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society, Lexington, Kentucky, 2018.
    • Huttes, D.A., X.-Z. Ong, L.M. Templeton, and L.H. Arias Chavez. "Separation of Inorganic Components from Industrial Wastewater via a Hybrid Forward Osmosis--Reverse Osmosis System," presented at the International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes, San Francisco, California, 2017.
    • Lusk, P., H.A. Stretz, and M.J.M. Wells. "Detection of Lead Contamination in Water Using Fluorescence of Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles," presented at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual National Student Conference, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, November 2018.
    • McClellan, G.E., and T. Datta. "A Look into the Microbial Community of a Wastewater Treatment Facility Undergoing Optimization for Nutrient Removal," presented at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) KY/TN Conference, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, Tennessee, November 10-11, 2017.
    • Mohammadizadeh, M., H.A. Stretz, and R. Mu. "IR Fluorescent Probe for Water-Based Agricultural Nutrients," presented at the 255th American Chemical Society National Conference, New Orleans, March 2018.
    • Ong, X.-Z., D.A. Huttes, L.M. Templeton, and L.H. Arias Chavez. "Organic Transport and Fouling in Forward Osmosis Separation of Industrial Wastewater," presented at the 13th Annual Research and Creative Inquiry Day, Cookeville, Tennessee, 2018.
    • Ong, X.-Z., D.A. Huttes, L.M. Templeton, H.D. White, and L.H. Arias Chavez. "Organic Transport and Fouling in the Reclamation of Industrial Wastewater with a Hybrid Forward Osmosis-Reverse Osmosis System," presented at the 27th Annual Meeting of the North American Membrane Society, Lexington, Kentucky, 2018.
    • Ong, X.-Z., D.A. Huttes, L.M. Templeton, and L.H. Arias Chavez. "Organic Transport and Fouling in Forward Osmosis Separation of Industrial Wastewater," presented at the International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes," San Francisco, California, 2017.
    • Ranjan, P., S.B. Hornsby, and L.H. Arias Chavez. "The Role of Polyamide Morphology in Determining Contact Angle Variability," presented at the International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes," San Francisco, California, 2017.
    • White, H.D., L.M. Templeton, S.L. Jones, and L.H. Arias Chavez. "Utilizing Desalination Brine for Concentration of Orange Juice via Forward Osmosis," presented at the 13th Annual Research and Creative Inquiry Day, Cookeville, Tennessee, 2018 (winner of the graduate student poster competition in the category of Chemical Engineering).

Experience Tech For Yourself

Visit us to see what sets us apart.

Schedule Your Visit
Research Home