Latest News

Dr. He was appointed to be the Editor in Chief of Water Environment Research and Co-Editor in Chief of Environment International.

The EBBL members won three 1st places in 2018 WaterJAM: 1st in Wastewater Poster, 1st in Water Poster, and 1st (and 2nd) in Digital Knowledge Competition.

Shiqiang has been selected to receive 2018 VA AWWA Graduate Student Scholarship.

Dr. He has been selected to receive a 2018 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize by ASCE.


Recent Papers

"A review of landfill leachate induced ultraviolet quenching substances: sources, characteristics, and treatment". Water Research.

"Cathodes-enhanced wastewater treatment in bioelectrochemical systems". npj Clean Water.

"Modeling assisted evaluation of direct electricity generation from waste heat of wastewater via a thermoelectric generator". Science of the Total Environment.


Annual Report

"We got a Master of Pump - Nick Been, who also brought us the expertise in anaerobic digestion and will be in charge of the temperature room..." EBBL 2017 Annual Report

"We have had an extremely productive year in 2016 with publishing 29 journal papers, including 4 papers in Water Research..." EBBL 2016 Annual Report

"In 2015, PhD student Mohan Qin received 2015 Innovation Award for Best Technological Advancement from the ISEMT..." EBBL 2015 Annual Report

Environmental Biotechnology & Bioenergy Laboratory (EBBL) is a part of the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech). Our interests lie at the crossroads of microbiology, engineering and electrochemistry. We are seeking a fundamental understanding of the microbial process in engineered systems designed for biological wastewater treatment and bioenergy production with the overarching goal to improve bioreactor performance. Our work includes but not limit to: biotechnology development for wastewater treatment, bioenergy production using microbial fuel cells, sustainable desalination technology, bioremediation using bio-electrochemical techniques and the understanding of those and other environmental biological processes.


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