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Congrats to Siming for publishing his first paper while at USC! The paper, "Methane-driven microbial fuel cells recover energy and mitigate dissolved methane emissions from anaerobic effluents," was published in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology and can be found here.

28 October 2017



Big welcome to Tranice' Warner, Iris Wang, and Phillip Wang who joined our group as Ph.D. students this month!

17 August 2017



Congrats to Noel Ermer for completing the SHINE program! Noel spent her summer mentored by Stephanie Gee exploring direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) in anaerobic systems.

16 August 2017



We're happy to send Caroline Kim off to Stanford University this fall to study Chemical Engineering!

3 July 2017



Congrats to Yamrot for publishing her first paper while at USC! The paper, "Elucidating microbial community adaptation to anaerobic co-digestion of fats, oils, and grease and food waste," was published in Water Research and can be found here.

1 July 2017



Check out our latest paper analyzing microbial community structure in full-scale, two-phase anaerobic digesters published in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology. Available online here.

13 January 2017



Congrats to Caroline Kim, a high school researcher, for winning the Naval Science Award for her work on DMSO as a solvent in fabricating piezoelectric PVDF membranes!

27 March 2017



Our latest paper "Co-Management of Domestic Wastewater and Food Waste: A Life Cycle Comparison of Alternative Food Waste Diversion Strategies" has been accepted for publication in Bioresource Technology and is now available online.

20 October 2016



Dr. Smith was recently awarded an NSF GOALI to research decentralized anaerobic membrane bioreactor food waste treatment in collaboration with Divert!

31 August 2016



Stephanie Gee and Ali Zarei-Baygi just joined the group as new PhD students! Stephanie will be evaluating piezoelectric nanofiber membranes and Ali will be working on antibiotic resistance.

16 August 2016



Caroline Kim, a high school researcher in our lab, won 3rd place in the Environmental Science category of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Science and Engineering Fair as well as the Ricoh Sustainable Development Award, presented to the project that shows the greatest potential towards sustainable development!

1 April 2016



Dr. Smith and co-PI Dr. Lauren Stadler at Rice University were just awarded a grant from USDA/NIFA to evaluate antibiotic resistance in  reuse water for agriculture! The funding was even mentioned in a White House Press Release on World Water Day!  

22 March 2016



Dr. Smith was recently featured in a special LA Water Issue on the Viterbi website to celebrate World Water Day. Check out the video of Dr. Smith and other CEE faculty here.

22 March 2016



Our paper in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology was one of 2015's most downloaded articles!

15 January 2016



Check out this short video on SHINE featuring testimonials by parents of the high school students we hosted last summer.  

26 January 2016



Dr. Smith and Yamrot went to WEFTEC where Yamrot gave her first platform presentation as a PhD student!

28 September 2015



Yamrot, Junior, and Kevin presented their research at the UCLA-NSF Food-Energy-Water Nexus Workshop.

4 December 2015



Chloe was featured in USC Viterbi's article on the SHINE program.

12 August 2015


Read the article here.

Chloe and Garrett did an excellent job presenting their research at today's SHINE poster session!

5 August 2015



Our research article was published in Microbial Biotechnology and is available via Early View.

5 August 2015


Read the full paper here.

Yamrot Amha and Siming Chen have officially joined the lab as PhD students. Yamrot received a Provost Fellowship from USC while Siming received a fellowship from the China Scholarship Council and is now a USC/CSC Global Fellow in Viterbi. Congrats to both of them!

1 July 2015



Viterbi Magazine published an article on our research titled Two for One: Recyling Water while Recovering Energy.

8 May 2015


Check out the article here.

Our research featured on the inside cover of Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology!

21 January 2015


Our research was featured on the inside cover of the first issue of Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology. This issue includes our paper, Anaerobic membrane bioreactor treatment of domestic wastewater at psychrophilic temperatures ranging from 15C to 3C. Read the full paper here.

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