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.
Professor Kim Ogden, who heads the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Center, is leading UA efforts to mass produce biofuels and bioproducts in a desert environment.We'll serve as a test bed for other regions, and demonstrate how to utilize the entire part of the plant to make products in arid regions. The research…will be transferrable across the world.
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.”
Clouds, Aerosols and Climate Change
Award-winning associate professor Armin Sorooshian and his team are studying aerosol-cloud interactions to help predict climate change.We do the detailed measurements of aerosols and gases and clouds so we can have a better understanding of what humans and natural emissions are doing to the planet.
Award-Winning Water Reuse Systems
Professor Shane Snyder, co-director of the Water & Energy Sustainable Technology Center, is designing wastewater treatment and water reuse systems.We have demonstrated a novel design that is more efficient and effective than conventional water reuse systems.
Invention Born of Necessity
Professor Dominic Gervasio and colleagues have worked with Tech Launch Arizona on two startups, one to market a high-temp sensor that monitors corrosion of pipes carrying molten materials, and another to commercialize technology for molten-salt ore extraction.We needed a reference electrode that worked in our molten salt processes, but none were available, so we invented one.