Fall 2019 Seed Grant Awards


MnDRIVE Environment is pleased to announce our Fall 2019 Seed Grant Recipients. Their projects exemplify the innovative and collaborative research MnDRIVE strives to support. The broad scope reflects our expanded research focus, which now includes environmental remediation using biological and chemical agents to detoxify or remove contaminants from polluted air, water, and soil.

Any inquiries regarding the funding opportunities or specific project awards can be directed to Jeff Standish

Fall 2019 Seed Grant Recipients:

Miniaturizing the Microbial Fuel Cell Design to Accelerate Anaerobic Water Treatment 
Daniel Bond / College of Biological Sciences

Tire Derived Aggregate for Stormwater Treatment 
John Gulliver / College of Science & Engineering – St. Anthony Falls Laboratory

Turning Biofilm-induced Clogging into a Bioremediation Technology: Using Pore-scale Visualization to Engineer Optimal Conditions for Contaminant Removal 
Peter Kang / College of Science & Engineering

Application of Minnesota-Produced Biochar in Biologs Treating Urban Runoff 
Joe Magner / College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences

Remediation and Selective Recovery of Metals by Manganese-Oxidizing Microbes 
Cara Santelli / College of Science & Engineering

Polymer-Based Treatment for Removal of PFAS from Landfill Leachate 
Matt Simcik / School of Public Health

Low-Grade Weirs: Evaluation of Bioaugmentation and Biostimulation for Nitrogen Removal in Agricultural Drainage Ditches 
Jeffrey Strock / College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences

Novel Catalyzed Nano-fluid Sorbent for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage in Coal-Fired Power Plant Discharged Air Treatment Application 
Sam Toan / Swenson College of Science & Engineering – UM Duluth

Green Alternatives to Toxic Chemical Waste: A Minnesota-Based Solution for Bioremediation of Contaminants in Fertilizer 
Larry Wackett / College of Biological Sciences

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