ISTC in the News

A Sun-Times editorial published on August 7, “A glass of cold, clear — plastic? No thanks,” references collaborative research by scientists from ISTC, the Illinois State Geological Survey, and the Illinois State Water Survey. Read more about the project here.
On July 16, farmers and researchers came together at Fulton County Field Day. The event allowed researchers to showcase peer-reviewed applied science and demonstrate to working farmers that these conservation practices work. Individual farmers could then take aspects of what they learned and apply it in on their land. ISTC researcher Wei Zheng demonstrated the …
This article in E-Scrap News summarizes Closed Loop Partners market-landscape report, which was released last month. The report included work by ISTC researchers B.K. Sharma and Sriraam Chandrasekaran. The article specifically mentions ISTC’s work on solvent and pyrolysis systems that target e-plastics for chemical recycling feedstock. Read more about Sharma’s and Chandrasekaran’s work on e-plastics …
ISTC researcher Wei Zheng recently received a grant from the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) to develop specially designed biochar to capture and recycle phosphorus. Read FarmWeek’s story about the project here.
In this article from Q Magazine by Laura Schultz, ISTC’s Joy Scrogum helps to answer the question, “what happens to the waste that used to get shipped to China for recycling?”
by Lois Yoksoulian – Physical Sciences Editor of U of I News Bureau Microplastics contaminate the world’s surface waters, yet scientists have only just begun to explore their presence in groundwater systems. A new study is the first to report microplastics in fractured limestone aquifers – a groundwater source that accounts for 25 percent of …
Read the full story from WICS. Springfield’s CWLP power plant is in the running to get $40 million from the feds. “We really want to win this and we think it’ll be beneficial for the city and the state of Illinois,” Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Director Kevin O’Brien said.
Read the full story in the Springfield State Journal-Register. A research center with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is looking for support from the Springfield City Council on a $40 million pilot project that would retrofit City Water, Light and Power’s newest power plant to capture carbon dioxide. Kevin O’Brien, director of the Illinois Sustainable …
Northwestern University has launched its first Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan (ISWMP) aimed at reducing waste and protecting the environment by taking a greener approach to waste management. This Plan supports the University’s Strategic Sustainability Plan, which establishes objectives for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, reducing waste and fostering environmental and ethical stewardship. The ISWMP identifies strategies for meeting …
When you dump expired cold syrup or rinse out an almost empty bottle of lotion into the sink, do you ever consider what chemicals are being introduced into the water supply? The increase of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) entering public water systems was a problem that researchers at the University of Illinois at …