ISTC News Highlights

Researchers tap problematic e-waste surplus to recover high-quality polymers

BK and Sri

Mixed-plastic electronics waste could be a valuable source of reusable polymers, a new study led by Illinois Sustainability Technology Center scientists suggests. The team has developed the first energy-efficient and environmentally friendly process that separates mixed polymers so that they can be recycled into new, high-quality plastic products.

Photo by L. Brian Stauffer
Article by Lois Yoksoulian
both from Illinois News Bureau

Read an additional article about this research from the ACS news room.

ISTC team receives award for high-impact research project

BK Sharma

A research team at the Illinois Sustainability Technology Center (ISTC) has been awarded the Illinois Center for Transportation/Illinois Department of Transportation’s 2018 High Impact Research award for their ongoing study of using recycled asphalt on Illinois roads to save money on roadway projects.

Sharma is named fellow of international chemistry society

BK Sharma

B.K. Sharma, senior research engineer at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), has been admitted as a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is entitled to use the designatory letters FRSC for his accomplishments and his contributions and impact in the field of chemistry sciences.

Apply for the Illinois Sustainability Award

Illinois Sustainability Award

The Illinois Sustainability Awards (ISA), one of the original environmental awards, is now accepting applications online. Since inception of the Award more than 30 years ago, participants have racked up huge and continuing benefits in energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and sustainability innovation. 

Aquapod© water treatment studied for water conservation at power plants

power plant water conservation

A low-energy water treatment system developed at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) has been selected for development by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as an improved technology for water conservation in power plants. ISTC will evaluate scaling up the patented technology for use at power plants where it is estimated to double to quadruple water recovery.

Emerging Contaminants Conference announced for June 5-6 on U of I campus

Emerging contaminants in the aquatic environment will be the focus of the June 5-6, 2018 conference on the University of Illinois campus. Along with ISTC, organizers will be Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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  Adding metrics to your Illinois Sustainability Award application allows evaluators to truly see the quantitative or qualitative impacts that your organization, program or technology have achieved. Plus, metrics are important for your own use—to tell your story to stakeholders, to … Continue reading
The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) has received a Gold Award for its achievements in the State Electronics Challenge (SEC)–a comprehensive nationwide environmental sustainability initiative that currently reaches more than 223,000 employees in 39 states. ISTC was recognized for its accomplishments in … Continue reading
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