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ISTC Sponsored Research Evaluates Acoustic Leak Detection Network

leak detection with acoustic sensorsThe Billion Gallon Water Challenge has released a video of a research collaboration with American Water and Echologics to demonstrate new leak detection technology for residential drinking water distribution systems that demonstrated accuracy of 90 percent. MORE

Academic/Government Partners Work Toward the Next Level in Home Water Filtration

gold membrane water filtrationISTC researchers Nandakishore Rajagopalan and Wei Zheng are part of a team of experts from government and academia who are working to improve the filtration of household drinking water using new ultrathin nanoparticle-based membranes to remove trace organic contaminants (TrOCs). MORE

Illinois Teachers Prepare for Lessons on Impact of Drugs in Environment

teachers workshop on drug disposalSchool teachers from across Illinois attended a workshop at the Illinois Sustainable technology Center June 15-16 to help them develop curricula about the risks of improper disposal of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) and impacts of these emerging contaminants in the environment. MORE

It’s Not Mr. Fusion, But It’s A Whiz at Energy Production

waste to fuel research“Mr. Sewer” is a multi-stage waste-to-biofuel production system under development by ISTC which can extract 100 percent of energy from a wide variety of wastes. By combining hydrothermal liquefaction of wastes with algae farming, the process can extract three to 10 times the energy in the waste alone. A commercial-scale plant is now being optimized on the University of Illinois campus. MORE

Prairie Research Institute's Watershed Initiative Recognized at White House Water Summit

Watershed InitiativeThe White House Water Summit on March 22, 2016, highlighted the Prairie Research Institute’s Resilient Watersheds Initiative at the University of Illinois in its announcement of new measurable steps being taken across the country to address key water issues. The Resilient Watersheds Initiative at the University of Illinois seeks to provide a science-based and data-driven approach to promoting resilient, sustainable Illinois watersheds.

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Sketch of a faucet with water flowing out to form the word 'one' for the one billion gallon water challengeBillion Gallon Water Challenge

ISTC is encouraging people, businesses, organizations and others to help reduce water consumption in Illinois. It has a goal of saving one billion gallons as part of its One Billion Gallon Water Challenge efforts.

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Sriraam Ramanathan Chandrasekaran
Lead Research Engineer

Sriraam Chandrasekaran is a lead research engineer at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and has been with ISTC since in May 2013. His researcher interests include alternative energy; reduction of wastes; and air emissions. He is currently studying the feasibility of utilizing biomass based heating in various sectors in Illinois. He is also working on developing proof of concept and process for CO2 utilization.

Chandrasekaran graduated from the Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY) in 2012 with a Ph.D. in environmental science and engineering. He earned his master's degree in civil and environmental engineering also from Clarkson University and his Bachelor of Technology Degree in chemical engineering from Anna University (India).

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