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Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

From Pollution to Possibility: A Sustainable and Interdisciplinary Solution to Biodiesel Production Wastewater

Project Summary: An emerging global water crisis is compounding the stresses that a changing climate is exerting on human and natural communities. As concerned citizens, educators, and members of a university committed to excellence in research, values-based leadership, and service to humanity, we are compelled to address the climate change and freshwater crises.

Objective: Building on the scientific and educational successes achieved in Phase I, we will implement a three-branched Phase-II project focused on design, scientific experimentation, and outreach education. The project will consist of 1) designing a small-scale, affordable, and effective, solar-powered methanol recovery unit and building several prototypes; 2) continuing development of biological, non-toxic, and carbon emissions-reducing treatments for biodiesel waste through adaptive scientific experimentation and design, with the goal of launching a 0-waste, biodiesel production and waste-management system in year 2 and; 3) conducting outreach education consisting of a) developing and introducing high-school science curricula based on project outcomes, b) publishing research results and designs, and c) distributing published materials and conducting outreach to small-scale biodiesel producers throughout North America.

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Investigator(s): PI: David Crumrine PhD and Major Co-Investigators: Shane Lishawa MS, Lane Vail MS, Zach Waickman MBA, Sarah McDowell

Project Period: August 15, 2013 to August 14, 2015



Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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