What is it about?

Chemical engineering design of applied aquatic plant systems, initial analytical chemistry approach for proposed degradation mechanisms, and suggestion that holistic evaluation is a need.

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Why is it important?

Surface water run off represents the single largest origin of non-point source water pollution in the United States that includes sources of nutrients and persistent chemicals such as antibiotics. Also, the integrated use of aquatic macrophytes is not well studied.


Represents the task along my graduate path of moving from supervised research to independent research given the challenge of investigating questions from the end of another Dr.'s dissertation under adverse conditions and severe resource constraints. Graduate students may not always have funding to perform tasks that they desire to or as part of their proposal. This research also represents being able to work with additional committee members on related topics and perhaps open questions by previous students. In terms of science, the fate of macrophytes as carbon is studied and well understood. However, the relationships of macrophytes in ecological systems and related means of communication(s) is not well studied or understood at molecular or macro scales.

Cory D Jensen
Colorado School of Mines

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This page is a summary of: Characterization of a macrophyte microcosm as a surface water treatment system for antibiotics, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, June 2015, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/ep.12158.
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