Marine and Environment

Environmental Sensor Networking

Led by Daniel Meeroff, Ph.D.

Daniel Meeroff

Daniel Meeroff’s area of specialization is Environmental Engineering, specifically water and wastewater engineering, water quality, environmental microbiology, aquatic chemistry, and pollution prevention. Daniel Meeroff, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Laboratories for Engineered Environmental Solutions (Lab.EES) at Florida Atlantic University whose mission is to provide access to scientific and analytical equipment to the next generation of engineering science researchers interested in environmental protection. (http://labees.civil.fau.edu). Since joining FAU, Meeroff has conducted research in coastal water quality, water/wastewater technology development, environmental field monitoring, water use efficiency, infrastructure assessment, pollution prevention, aquatic toxicity, adaptation to climate change, contaminant remediation, air quality, solid/hazardous waste management, and environmental process modeling. His specialties involve the application of advanced principles of chemistry and microbiology for the solution and prevention of environmental problems. Meeroff is most widely known for his groundbreaking research in landfill leachate treatment technology development, which was featured in a Discovery Channel episode of “Curiosity.” In addition, he is a co-inventor of the iron-mediated aeration technology, developed at the University of Miami (UM). In 2014, Meeroff was voted by the students of the university as the Distinguished Teacher of the Year (the highest teaching award of the institution), and in 2015, Meeroff was selected as the first ever recipient of the Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year award at FAU.


PROJECT

The REU participant would participate in current ongoing research projects in the Laboratories for Engineered Environmental Solutions (Lab.EES) at FAU. Topics include: treatment of industrial wastewater using photochemical oxidation; recovery of titanium dioxide catalyst particles from wastewater; technologies to eliminate clogging in pipelines; air quality issues surrounding landfills; anaerobic digestion; and impacts of urban septic tanks on water quality.

For each of these projects, water quality or air quality sensors need to be improved from existing commercially available equipment or developed in the laboratory. Lab.EES is equipped with state of the art photocatalytic oxidation pilot plants, catalyst recovery pilot plants, a clogging test bed for field work, a mobile air quality lab, and a mobile aquatic water quality lab. These projects will bring practical engineering solutions to meet the needs of industry and society with respect to developing, and monitoring in real-time, new advanced oxidation wastewater treatment technologies, strategies for dealing with clogging in pipes, a new analytical approach to objectively characterizing and measuring landfill odors using biomimicry sensors, and new analytical tools for monitoring human impacts from septic tanks to our natural water bodies using sensor networks that respond in realtime, while lowering the costs associated with industrial treatment of waste.