Research in the area of environmental bioremediation is primarily being conducted by Professors Rachel Brennan, Bruce Logan, and William Burgos

Bruce Logan’s group on bioremediation has focused on: bacterial remediation of groundwater contaminated with perchlorate, using bench and pilot-scale reactors; and chemical degradation using fungal biofilm reactors.

Research on chemical and physical remediation topics is ongoing in the laboratories of Professors Li Li, and Nathaniel Warner.

Professor Li’s group has focused on understanding how the spatial characteristics of natural aquifer properties, including hydrological and biogeochemical properties, in affecting the stimulation of microbe and remediation efficiency of contaminants including uranium, a contaminant arising from uranium ore mining activities. 



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