Green technology approach for capturing pollution washed from transportation infrastructures

The aim of proposed study is to produce and investigate a carbon-based substance, namely biochar, as a new material for the in-situ adsorption of pollutants carried by the stormwater runoff from the roads. A series of lab-scale experiments will be designed to optimize biochar’s microscopic structures and to determine its adsorption capacities. The particular source material, and applied techniques for obtaining biochar may influence its final properties; therefore, the initial set of experiments will be focused on testing properties of biochar manufactured by different techniques, temperature set-ups and oxygen-free environments. The long-term spin-offs from proposed research are aimed toward (a) development of the new substance based on biochar that could be used for the emergency recovery of spills, and (b) exploring possibilities of using biochar as an addictive to pervious concrete or asphalt.


    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Department of Transportation

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Jackson State University, Jackson

      P.O. Box 17068
      Jackson, MS  United States  39157-0168
    • Performing Organizations:

      Jackson State University, Jackson

      Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
      Jackson, MS  United States  39217-0168
    • Principal Investigators:

      Wang, Feng

    • Start Date: 20180301
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190228
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01661875
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747130
    • Files: UTC, RiP
    • Created Date: Mar 5 2018 10:27AM