Research

Current Projects

  • Development of Test Methods to Characterize Heat Production from Special Wastes Disposed in Landfills
  • Understanding and Predicting Temperatures in Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
  • SAVI: International Institute for Solid Waste Management Life-Cycle Modeling
  • Microbial Community Profiling of Anaerobic Refuse Decomposition:  Response to Acidic Conditions, Shock Loads and Moisture Addition
  • The release of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances from solid waste to North Carolina's drinking water sources

Previous projects

  • Development of a predictive model to estimate emissions from open dumps in emerging economies
  • Maximizing Energy for Waste While Minimizing Life-Cycle Environmental Burdens and Cost
  • Solid Waste Management Planning for Wake County in Consideration of Cost, Energy and Environmental Emissions
  • Collaborative Research: Fluorochemical Signatures in Municipal Waste and Landfill Leachate
  • The Environmental Sustainability of Integrated Solid Waste Management in a Carbon Constrained World
  • Life-Cycle Analysis of Alternatives for Food Waste Management
  • Barlaz, M. A., “Development of Methods to Measure the Hydrogen Sulfide Production Potential of Sulfur-Containing Wastes
  • Integrated Solid Waste Management and Its Environmental Sustainability in a Carbon Constrained Environment
  • Modernizing Models and Data on Methane Production from Landfills Development of Methods to Measure Anaerobic Biodegradability Under Simulated Landfill Conditions
  • Collection and Synthesis of Existing Data into a Model to Assess Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Biodegradable Materials Discarded to Landfills
  • Monitoring the Behavior of Biogenic Organic Carbon in Bioreactor Landfills,” Environmental Research and Education Foundation
  • Predictive Tools for Sustainable Solid Waste Management Using Bioreactor Landfills
  • Decision Support Tool and Guidance Document for Management of Debris from Incidents of National Significance,
  • Assessment Landfill Gas Pathway – Laboratory Simulation of Partitioning of Chemical and Biological Contaminants under Anaerobic Decomposition in a Landfill.
  • Landfill Gas Management: A Roadmap for EREF Directed Research
  • Barlaz, M. A., “North Carolina Landfill Capacity Study
  • Application of Municipal Solid Waste Decision Support Tool to Wake County, North Carolina
  • Non-Residential Solid Waste Management Life-Cycle Inventory Model
  • Hydrogen Production at the Waimanalo Gulch Landfill:  A Proposal to Explain Landfill Behavior
  • The State of Municipal Solid Waste Bioreactor Landfills
  • Laboratory Columns in Support of Field-Scale Research on Peak Energy Production from Bioreactor Landfills
  • Laboratory Columns in Support of Field-Scale Research on Peak Energy Production from Bioreactor Landfills
  • Solid Waste Management Life-Cycle Inventory (SWM-LCI) Model Capabilities
  • Sequestration Mechanisms & Bioavailability of Tetrachloroethene and Toluene in Solid Waste
  • Assessment of the Behavior of Chemical and Biological Contaminants in Landfills
  • Production of Non-Methane Organic Compounds (NMOCs) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) During Refuse Decomposition
  • Implications of Greenhouse Gas Limits for the Waste Management Industry
  • A Global Assessment of Recycling Policy and Markets,” Environmental Research and Education Foundation
  • New Methods for Assessment of Pollution Prevention Technologies:  Integration of Probabilistic Process Modeling and Design; Life-Cycle Analysis; and Regional Environmental Benefits Assessment,
  • Life-Cycle Analysis of Municipal Solid Waste Management Alternatives The effects of Aging and Sorbent Decomposition on the Bioavailability of Toluene and Xylene in Solid Waste
  • Long Term Nitrogen Management in Bioreactor Landfills:  Mechanisms for Denitrification
  • Luscent/NSF Industrial Ecology Fellowship for Research on Integrated Solid waste Management
  • Closing the Gaps in the Regulations of Solid Waste Landfills:  Determining the End of the Post-Closure Monitoring Period and the Stability of Leachate Recirculation Landfills
  • Effect of Spatial Heterogeneity on the Natural Bioattenuation of Dissolved Hydrocarbons
  • An Environmental Assessment of Management Alternatives for Municipal Solid Waste
  • Evaluating the Potential for Futures Markets for Recyclable Materials
  • Anaerobic Biodegradability of Polymers in a Laboratory-Scale Simulated Landfill
  • Factors Controlling the Biodegradation of 1,4-Dioxane During Subsurface Transport
  • National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow
  • Effect of Cover Installation on Contaminant Fate and Groundwater Quality at the West KL Landfill
  • Anaerobic Biodegradation of Benzene in Contaminated Aquifer Sediment
  • Effect of Wastewater Treatment Plant Sludges and Construction and Demolition Waste on Hydrogen Sulfide Concentrations in Landfill Gas
  • Influence of Iron Reduction on the Natural Bioremediation of Petroleum Spills
  • Contamination of Groundwater by Grout Leachate
  • Evaluation of the Anaerobic Biodegradability of Radio Labeled Test Materials in a Laboratory-Scale Simulated Landfill
  • Integrated Analysis of Solid Waste Management Alternatives
  • Biodegradative Analysis of Municipal Solid Waste in Laboratory- and Field-Scale Landfills
  • Methanogenic Biodegradation of Alkylbenzenes in Petroleum Contaminated Aquifers
  • The Fate of Trace Organics During Refuse Decomposition in a Simulated Sanitary Landfill
  • Biodegradative Analysis of the Paper Component of Municipal Solid Waste
  • Environmental Effects of Sodium Silicate Based Grouts
  • Anaerobic Biodegradation of Hazardous Organics in Groundwater Down Gradient of a Sanitary Landfill
  • Engineering Research Equipment Grant:  Refuse Shredder and High Performance Liquid Chromatograph
  • Use of Lime Treated Sludge-Soil Mixtures for Daily Cover in Solid Waste Landfills
  • Assessment of Technology Capacity Needed to Develop Recycle Markets for Plastics and Tires in North Carolina
  • Chemical Analysis of Municipal Solid Waste
  • Methane Potential Analysis of Municipal Solid Waste

 

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