Project Overview

Characterization of local municipal wastewater

Faculty Sponsor

Linda Tseng (


Environmental Studies
Physics and Astronomy


Various parameters are used to describe the wastewater treatment efficiency. A good understanding of the wastewater characteristics can improve the removal of contaminants in wastewater. This project requires frequent sampling of wastewater, physical and chemical analysis of the samples, and extraction of microbial byproducts and trace organic contaminants. The goal of this project is to understand the local wastewater properties and treatment processes. To achieve the goal, it requires sampling, data analysis of results from chemical analysis kits, ion chromatography, liquid-liquid extraction, and gas chromatography.

Student Qualifications

Some knowledge of chemistry and microbiology may be helpful. 

Number of Student Researchers

2 students

Project Length

8 weeks

Applications open on 01/15/2017 and close on 02/07/2017

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