Sustainability in the Desert
Extracting Value from Mine Tailings
Professor Jim Field, director of the Dean Carter Binational Center for Environmental Health Sciences, is using microorganisms from sewage sludge to extract valuable elements from mining residues.Some include extremely valuable elements like tellurium, which are critical in making solar panels and many other products.
Clean Semiconductor Manufacturing
Professor Reyes Sierra and a multi-university team, including students in her lab, found brief exposure to nanoparticles used in semiconductor manufacturing poses little risk to people or the environment.Minus a few proprietary ingredients, our slurries were exactly the same as those used by companies like Intel and IBM.
Water for Rural Communities
Adjunct professor Vicky Karanikola is developing water purification systems for groundwater high in salinity and contaminated with metals, including uranium.“It can provide water for the Navajo Nation for many, many decades if we treat it.”