VT-CAWRI aims to provide a platform for industrial-funded projects focusing on applied water research, and to strengthen the collaboration between Virginia Tech and water/wastewater industry. Virginia Tech has many researchers performing water-related research across the departments and colleges, and its Environmental Engineering program has a long tradition of excellence in water and wastewater research. VT-CAWRI will take advantages of the research strength on the campus and advance water research to address nexus of resource, water and energy. Examples of the research include:
- Bioenergy recovery from high-strength wastewater using anaerobic digestion
- Sidestream nutrient removal by nitritation and anammox
- Development of effective mainstream anammox coupled with carbon removal technologies
- Bioelectrochemical systems for recovery of nutrient, energy and water (NEW)
- Membrane technologies such as membrane bioreactors and forward osmosis
- Aerobic granular sludge based wastewater treatment
- Production of biofuels and bioproducts from cellulose biomass
- Biofilm reactors and mathematical modeling
- Algal bioreactors for wastewater treatment
- Sustainable desalination and water softening
VT-CAWRI welcomes the participation from utilities, water/wastewater technology companies, engineering consulting companies, private foundations, and federal/state governments. Our members will have access to and be involved in cutting edge water research. They can closely interact with VT researchers and graduate students for employment opportunities.
Establishment of VT-CAWRI was initiated and supported by a center grant from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), Virginia Tech.