2016 – Present Total Funding: $1,987,017 (personal share)

2020 Funding: $857,051 (personal share)
  • Title: Innovative Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) Production with Microbial Electrochemical Technology (MET) Incorporation for Community-Scale Waste Valorization. Sponsor: Department of Energy. Duration (DE-EE0009268): 10/1/2020-9/30/2023
  • Title: Effects of Carbon Source and C:N Ratio on Partial Denitrification/Anammox in MBBR. Sponsor: Hazen & Sawyer. Duration: 9/1/2020-8/31/2021
  • Title: Continuous Flow Aerobic Granulation Phase III study. Sponsor: Upper Occoquan Service Authority. Duration: 8/1/2020-12/31/2020
  • Title: A Novel Biological Valorization of Hydrothermal Liquefaction Wastewater with Marine Protist and its Granulated PhenotypeSponsor: National Science Foundation-PRM (2001568). Duration: 7/1/2020-6/30/2023
  • Title: Effect of polymer addition on anaerobic digestion of high solids biosolids pretreated with thermohydrolysis (Phase II). Sponsor: Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and Arlington County. Duration: 1/1/2021-12/31/2021 
  • Title: Sustainable urban farming system. Sponsor: Alexandria Renew Enterprises. Duration: 1/1/2021-12/31/2021
2019 Funding: $431,656 (personal share)
  • Title: Innovative Biological and Physicochemical Removal of Per- and Polyfluoalkyl Substances (PFAS) from Wastewater – A Platform for Building Long Term Partnerships between VT and NC A&T in Water Treatment Technologies. Sponsor: Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. Duration: 12/1/2019-6/30/2021
  • Title: Molecular Biology Methods for Understanding Aerobic Granulation in Wastewater Treatment Systems. Sponsor: 4-VA Competitive Research Grants. Duration: 7/1/2019-6/30/2020
  • Title: Effect of polymer addition on anaerobic digestion of high solids biosolids pretreated with thermohydrolysis (Phase I). Sponsor: Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and Arlington County.  
  • Title: A test of method to maintain the uninterrupted high ammonia removal efficiency during the bioreactor startup for continuous flow aerobic granulation in real municipal wastewater. Sponsor: Hampton Roads Sanitation District. Duration: 6/1/19-5/30/20
  • Title: A novel anaerobic digestion system with water recirculation to treat poultry litter for struvite and biogas production. Sponsor: U.S.  Department of Agriculture (2019-67021-29945). Duration: 7/1/2019-6/30/2022
  • Title: Identification of the Source and Cause of the Biosolids Odor Emission in Western Branch Water Resource Recovery Facility.  Sponsor: Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
  • Title: Potential impact of the recalcitrant dissolved organic nitrogen formation as a result of the thermal hydrolysis on the Loudoun Water reclamation plant operation. Sponsor: Loudoun Water
  • Title: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Phosphorus Reclamation. Sponsor: Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science.  Duration: 7/1/2019 – 6/30/2021
 2018 Funding: $426,657 (personal share)
  • Title: Optimizing Treatment and Assessing Aquifer Impact of Ozone/Biologically-Active Filtration for Potable Water Reuse. Sponsor: Hampton Roads Sanitation District. Duration: 8/10/2018 – 8/09/2019
  • Title: Continuous Flow Aerobic Granulation Study in Real Domestic Wastewater (Phase I & II). Sponsor: Upper Occoquan Service Authority. Duration: 2/01/2018 – 7/31/2020
  • Title: Synergistic integration of the biogranulation theory into advanced membrane bioreactors for value-added chemicals production from food waste. Sponsor: U.S.  Department of Agriculture-NIFA (2018-67021-27895). Duration: 1/1/2018-12/31/2020
  • Title: Turning phosphorus pollution into a marketable product by using fungi. Sponsor: Virginia Agricultural Council. Duration: 7/1/2018-6/30/2019
  • Title: Turning mushrooms into stormwater treatment tools through 4-VA collaborative effort. 4-VA Competitive Research Grants. Sponsor: Duration: 7/1/2018-6/30/2019
  •  Title: Effect of temperature-phased anaerobic digestion and thermal hydrolysis pretreatment on the process intensification of biosolids anaerobic digestion. Sponsor: Alexandria Renew Enterprises/Arlington County. Duration: 6/1/2018 – 5/30/2019 
2017 Funding: $151,828 (personal share)
  • Title: Quenching quorum sensing molecules for biofilm control: A collaborative study between Virginia Tech and Howard University. Sponsor: Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. Duration: 11/2017 to 6/2018
  • Title: Verification of the long-term stability of partial nitritation in stratified aerobic granules under high residual ammonium concentration. Sponsor: Hampton Roads Sanitation District. Duration: 8/10/17 – 8/9/18
  • Title: DCWater Biostability Operations Study. Sponsor: DCWater. Duration: 8/20/17 to 5/18/18
  • Title: Effect of cerium addition on sludge dewatering using centrifuge. Sponsor: Upper Occoquan Service Authority. Duration: 6/30/16 to 2/30/17
  • Title: TLOS Design and Develop Award for creating an online course for CEE 3104 Introduction to Environmental Engineering. Sponsor: Technology Enhanced Learning and Online Strategies. Duration: 5/2017 to 12/2017
  • Title: A 4-VA collaborative study of wetland resilience to nitrogen pollutant loading. Sponsor: 4-VA Competitive Research Grants. Duration: 1/2017 to 12/2017
2016 Funding: $119,825 (personal share)
  • Title: DC Water study of microbial effects from point of use filters. Sponsor: DCWater. Duration: 12/25/2016 to 5/9/2017
  • Title: Quantification of extracellular polysaccharides and protein of biofilms on granular activated carbon. Sponsor: Hazen and Swayer. Duration: 9/2016 to 11/2016
  • Title: Investigation of Biofiltration and Activated Carbon Performance For Potable Water Reuse. Sponsor: Upper Occoquan Service Authority. Duration: 12/01/16 – 05/31/17
  • Title: Anaerobic Digestion and Sludge Dewatering Studies for Arlington County Water Pollution Control Plant. Sponsor: CDM Smith. Duration: 9/2016 – 8/2017
  • Title: Biological nitrogen removal of stormwater: a 4-VA collaborative study. Sponsor: 4-VA Competitive Research Grants. Duration: 1/2016 – 12/2016
  • Title: Mentoring Network Connection with Regional Campuses. Sponsor: Provost Office. Duration: 9/11/2016 – 6/30/2017