Research focuses on advanced UV disinfection technologies, biofuels production, and water conservation and wastewater treatment operations.
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The Advanced UV Disinfection System uses ultraviolet light and Taylor-Couette mixing to penetrate non-clear liquids to eliminate pathogens in recycled waters, marinades, and juices.
Biofuels Research and Novel Separation Techniques focuses on developing new processes designed to enhance the conversion of low-quality waste oils and grease to high-grade fuels. Researchers adapt current industrial refining processes used for oils and fats to improve the separation of feedstock fractions from brown grease and stabilized poultry fat. Concurrently, the research team developed several approaches for process temperature control in high shear-mixers and higher volumetric flow rates in the FPTD advanced mixing system (i.e., Taylor vortex). The research is part of overall ATRP efforts focused on developing technologies to address poultry processing environmental challenges.