The research conducted in the Straub Group works to develop technologies for advanced water treatment and power generation. Much of our interest lies in utilizing membrane-based processes, which offer advantages in efficiency, size, and scalability. We use a variety of research methods in our investigations including materials fabrication, laboratory proof-of-concept testing, and full-scale theoretical simulations. Ongoing topics of research include: development of ultraselective membrane materials, membrane cleaning in desalination processes, desalination energy consumption modeling, and process testing of reverse osmosis systems.
Water-Energy Nexus, Membrane Processes, Desalination and Advanced Water Treatment, Sustainable Energy Production
CVEN 3414 - Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
Emphasizes chemical, ecological and hydrological fundamentals and importance of mass and energy balances in solving environmental engineering problems related to water quality, water and wastewater treatment, air pollution, solid and hazardous waste management, sustainability and risk assessment.
CVEN 5464 - Environmental Engineering Processes
Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
Develops and utilizes analytic solutions for environmental process models that can be used in a) reactor design for processes used in the treatment of water, wastewater and hazardous waste and b) process analysis of natural systems, such as streams and groundwater flow. Models facilitate the tracking of contaminants in engineered and natural systems. Same as CVEN 4464 and EVEN 4464.