Annual Report 2000: Engineering InterAction
College of Engineering / University of Wisconsin-Madison

Water Chemistry Program

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David E. Armstrong (Chair)
Room 122
680 North Park Street
Madison, WI 53706-1481

Tel: 608/263-3264
Fax: 608/262-0454

Solving water-related problems

The Water Chemistry Program is an interdepartmental graduate program offering an MS and PhD in water chemistry. Participating departments include civil and environmental engineering (primary department), chemical and biological engineering, chemistry, soil science and geology and geophysics. Program activities are centered in the Water Science and Engineering Laboratory on Lake Mendota, where graduate students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and staff researchers examine the applications of chemistry to problems in environmental and engineering systems. Many of the students work on interdisciplinary research problems with groups from other programs and departments.

Areas of emphasis

One emphasis involves the chemistry of lakes, streams, groundwater and air. Problems studied include the sources and fate of metals and organic chemical contaminants in lakes, rivers and groundwater; causes of mercury accumulation in fish, control of nuisance algae and macrophyte growth in lakes, the transfer of contaminants across the air-water interface, and the sources and properties of fine particulate matter in air.

Another area deals with new technologies for engineering processes and pollution control. Projects include development of ceramic membranes for use in chemical synthesis and water quality control; use of photocatalysis, chemical oxidation and super-critical fluids in treatment of chemical wastes; and applications of treatment technologies to remediation of contaminated sediments. Still another focus is on environmentally friendly energy storage systems which employ novel thin-film barriers, ultra-capacitors and newly developed proton exchange membrane fuel cells.

Graduates are prepared for a variety of careers, including teaching and research at major universities, research in public and private institutions, industrial research and development, as well as pollution control and resource management.


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Published: September 2000