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Chemical Engineering

College of Engineering and Applied Science

Research: Energy and Environment

Development of New Wastewater Treatment Technologies

Wastewater treatment is becoming increasingly important due to diminishing of water resources, escalation of disposal costs, and implantation of strict discharge regulations. The treatment of wastewater for disposal or recycle is especially important to Wyoming, a semi-arid hydroclimatic region. The research team has been studying different cost-effective technologies such as sorption to addresses the challenging issues associated with treatment and management of wastewater generated from various processes especially those related to energy production.

Lab 1
Development of New Wastewater Treatment Technologies

Development of Cost-Effective Hg Removal Processes

Mercury is one of the increasingly concerned pollutants emitted from different industries such as coal-based power plants. Capture of low-concentration Hg in large-volume waste gas streams is expensive. The research group is actively involved in the development of inexpensive solid Hg sorbents.

Lab 2
Development of Cost-Effective Hg Removal Processes

Development of New Generation of H2 Production Catalysts

Hydrogen is one of the most important materials for chemical manufacturing industries. It is also a promising clean energy carrier. However, free H2 is not available. Water gas shift reaction is an important channel to generate a large amount of hydrogen. The research team has been searching for highly efficient and widely available catalysts, the key for syngas based hydrogen generation process.

Lab 3
Development of New Generation of H2 Production Catalysts
Lab 4
Maohong Fan's Research Group

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