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Research Associates

Ranjith Annepu: Earth and Environmental Engineering.

Ljupka Arsova: Sustainable solid waste management, anaerobic digestion, waste-to-energy, industrial ecology, life-cycle- analysis, waste management and climate change.

Morton A. Barlaz: Chemical and biological processes as they occur in solid waste landfills and bioreactors; application of life-cycle analysis to solid waste management.

María Elena Díaz Barriga Rodríguez: Advancing sustainable waste management in developing countries.

Eileen B. Berenyi: Solid waste management (waste-to-energy, biogas generation from landfills).

Athanasios C. Bourtsalas: Waste-to-Energy technologies, carbon capture and storage, solar cell technology, LCA of end-of-life PV panels.

William F. (Rick) Brandes: Expansion of alternative and renewable energy sources in the United States. Development of sustainable energy systems via the use of materials that have formerly been wastes subject to loss through disposal.

Marco J. Castaldi: Reaction engineering for use of biomass and carbon dioxide to produce high value products; Catalytic reaction engineering to upgrade low energy fuels for low carbon energy production; flame chemistry for novel applications of CO2 usage; non-equilibrium catalytic reactions applied to highly selective processes, such as oxidative coupling; coal-biomass reactions; use of CO2 as a diluent in combustion systems.

Siu-Wai Chan: Nano-particles, grain boundaries, interfaces, and extended defects in thin films, electronic oxides, fuel cell technology.

Xi Chen: Research interests: Materials for energy recovery and for increasing energy efficiency; mechanobiology, nanomechanics, multi-phase and multi-scale computational mechanics.

Kartik Chandran: Application of nanotechnology, bioinformatics and advanced modeling based techniques for characterization of complex microbial consortia, multi-level responses of bacteria to stress and stimuli,  microbial ecology of engineered biological waste and water treatment reactors, development and application of novel biokinetic estimation tools, elucidation of microbial biochemical degradation pathways , bioprocess modeling and parameter identification for complex biotransformations.

Patricia J. Culligan: Geo-environmental engineering with primary focus on the on the experimental and numerical modeling of flow and contaminant transport processes in geologic systems.

Nathiel G. Egosi: Process engineering and equipment design for the recovery of materials from municipal, electronic, automobile ,and C&D wastes; processing of waste materials into feedstocks, including resin separation and conversion of wastes to fuel.

Voutsas Epaminondas (Nondas) C.: Design and optimization of plasma gasification processes; stabilization of waste to energy ash residues; energy and exergy analysis of waste to energy processes.

Robert Farrauto.: Catalytic abatement of CO, HC, Nox and particulate emissions from mobile staitionary sources. Development of catalytic technologies for the hydrogen economy.

Vasilis Fthenakis: Air pollution and prevention, chemical risk assessment, atmospheric dispersion modeling.

Ron Gonen: Recycling, anaerobic digestion, urban environmental management, sustainable design.

Yuri Gorokhovich: Geographic information systems (GIS), environmental modeling/management.

Jeffrey L. Harnly: Waste-To-Energy, Best Available Controls Technology/Maximum Available Controls Technology (BACT/MACT).

Floyd Hasselriis: Waste management, emission controls, and environmental impact. (Bibliography)

Qun-xing Huang: Energy recovery by thermal treatment of solid wastes; image-based dignostics of combustion process; non-intrusive 3-D temperature measurement for combustion system; combustion optimization using flame imaging.

Efstratios Kalogirou: Potable water resources, ozone sterilization technologies, energy recovery from solid wastes.

Avraam Karagiannidis: Energy systems, environmental sciences.

Scott Kaufman: LCA studies, composting.

Jonathan V. L. Kiser: Compability of recycling and WTE; sustainable waste management, regulatory compliance, and greenhouse gas reduction; air emissions & pollution control; WTE ash management; full cost accounting of waste management programs; landfill gas collection and use.

Christopher J. Koroneos: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of energy systems, eco-design of products and processes, management of solid and liquid wastes. Air Pollution Control systems, environmental impact assessment.

V. Faye McNeill: Atmospheric aerosol chemistry; aerosol science; atmospheric chemistry of environmental interfaces

Christoph Meinrenken: Lenfest Center For Sustainable Energy.

Benjamin Miller: Environmental policy, management of solid wastes, freight transportation planning, and urban planning.

Olivier Morin: Waste-to-Energy; Process engineering of Moving Grate and Circulating Fluid Bed combustion units; LCA of WTE technologies; Technical, Environmental and Economic analysis of Circulating Fluidized Bed reactors

Charles Mussche: Research Associate at the Earth Engineering Center and the Global WTERT Council

Masato R. Nakamura: Quantitative analysis and stochastic simulation for waste-to-energy combustion chamber design; CAD/CAM; granular flow and size segregation; green IT/computing (sustainable data center); Brownian motion in financial markets.

María Gaviota Velasco Perez Alonso: Earth and Environmental Engineering.

Constantinos S. Psomopoulos: Design and operation of electromechanical installations and apparatus focusing on energy efficiency and ecodesign, Recycling of Electric and Electronic Equipment.

Materials and energy recovery from wastes, power utilization and CO2 emissions

Ah-Hyung Alissa Park: Carbon sequestration; Clean fossil energy conversion systems; Alternative energy production; Particle technology; Electrostatic tomography; Multiphase flow systems.

Adam C. Powell, IV: Developing and expanding access to tools for modeling physical phenomena related to materials, and using these tools to improve systems important to society.

Ling (David) Qiu: Waste-to-Energy economic analysis, sustainable waste management, environmental health & safety.

Debra Reinhart: Optimization of landfill operation and design, landfill gas modeling, leachate treatment, bioreactor landfills, use of old landfills as ecoparks, waste characterization, composting and collection.

Markus A. Reuter: Metals recycling, product design for recycling, extractive metallurgy, sustainable waste management.

Yoonjung Seo: Research Associate for Sustainable Waste Management

Samuel K. Sia: Design of low-cost and portable Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technologies for global health, diagnostic instrumentation, artificial tissue.

Patrick Sullivan: Solid waste management, landfill gas engineering, air quality and greenhouse gas emissions from landfills and other solid waste management activities, environmental permitting of landfills and landfill gas to energy plants, regulatory compliance for solid waste facilities.

Karl-Heinz Szekielda: Use of remote sensing for environmental monitoring, coastal zone management.

Nickolas J. Themelis: Industrial ecology, high temperature reactors, thermal plasma spraying, integrated waste management. 

Demetra Tsiamis: Application of chemical engineering to the environmental problems, in particular renewable energy sources and the recovery of energy/fuel from non-recycled plastics.

Armelle M. Vardelle: Transport phenomena at high temperatures, thermal plasma and arc spraying, mathematical modeling, LCA of surface coating processes, application of thermal plasma technology to resource recovery from used products.

Rob van Haaren: Life Cycle Analysis of Composting methods and now (PhD topic) Grid integration of Large-scale solar power plants.

Paula Estevez Weinstein: Earth and Environmental Engineering.

Maria Zannes: Environmental policy and journalism, recovery of energy and metals from solid wastes, sustainable waste management.

Hanwei Zhang: Thermal conversion of municipal solid waste to energy; Numerical Analysis of High Temperature Process by Computational Fluid Dynamics.

Jiao Zhang: Use of Engineered Fuel and other alternative fuels in cement production.

Junior Research Associates

John Abrashkin: Analysis of Volume-Based-Waste-Fee and potential for application to increasing recycling rate in New York City.

Nour Awad: Junior Research Associate of the WTERT Council.

Shahnoza Boboeva: Junior Research Associate of the WTERT Council.

Andres Estrada: Fluidized Bed reactors, Renewable Energy.

Henri Dwyer: Dioxin emissions in the USA, and circulating fluidized bed WTE plants.

Shumeng Liu: Recovery of energy and materials from solid wastes.

Liubov Melnikova: Junior Research Associate of the WTERT Council.

Olivier Morin: Renewable Energy (and particularly WTE), Sustainable Development, Role of Governments in Environmental Regulation.

Vikram Raju: Junior Research Associate of the WTERT Council.

Dolly Shin: Conducting the EEC 2013 Survey of Waste Generation and Disposition in the U.S..

Yuda Sun: PV Systems, Life Cycle Analysis, Resource Management, Renewable Energy, recycling, and Waste-to-Energy.

Jay Thrasher: Comparison of dioxin emissions from various sources in the U.S., France and South Korea.

Jingya Wei: Junior Research Associate of the WTERT Council.

Diane Ye: Junior Research Associate of the WTERT Council.

Jiao Zhao: Junior Research Associate specialized in Life Cycle Analysis of using alternatives fuels (AF) versus fossil fuels in US cement production.

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