Research Opportunities

Strengths and Assets
• Electrochemical and bio-sensors
• Data analytics and big data analysis
• Modeling of complex infrastructures and systems
• Water treatment and contaminant transformation

Northeast Ohio serves as an ideal testbed to deploy innovative new technologies to test, analyze, and purify water for national or global applications. CWRU faculty engage in active research collaboration with key industry partners, as well as with governmental, environmental, and public health organizations in our region. Furthermore, we are preparing our students with the latest knowledge and capabilities in the sciences and engineering so that they may become future leaders in industry and our communities. Through our multidisciplinary research institutes, including the Great Lakes Energy Institute, the Institute for Smart, Secure and Connected Systems, the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health, and the Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law, CWRU offers many opportunities for industry and the community to engage with experts in water-related research.


Current Research Projects Faculty Technical Leads
Emerging Contaminants: From Environmental Fate and Transformation to Novel Water
Treatment Technologies
Huichun (Judy) Zhang, Civil Engineering
Sustainable Water Infrastructure Preservation Enabled with Advanced
Cyberinfrastructure and Data Analytics and Advanced Photocatalytic Materials for
Environmental Quality Improvement
Xiong (Bill) Yu, Civil Engineering
Novel Electrochemical Sensor for Detection of PPB-levels of Heavy Metal Contaminants
in Water
Rohan Akolkar, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Microfabricated Chemical, Biological, and Medical Sensors and Detection Systems Chung Chiun Liu, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Real Time Monitoring of Algal Bloom Evolution Daniel Scherson, Chemistry + Kenneth Loparo, Electrical,
Computer, and Systems Engineering
Engineered Proteins to Enable Advanced Nutrient Recycling Technologies Julie Renner, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Data Analytics for Prediction of Harmful Algae Blooms in Lake Erie Laura Bruckman, Materials Science and Engineering
Amphibian Monitoring and Mitigation Strategies in Disturbed Wetlands Mike Benard, Biology
Enzyme Evolution and Trace Metal Biogeochemistry in Modern Lakes and Ancient Oceans Sarah Bagby, Biology
Hydrogeomorphic Analysis of Post-Wildfire Floodplain Stability and Sediment Residence
Times in Mountain Systems
Nicholas Sutfin, Earth Environmental and Planetary Sciences


Water research is related to a number of modern technology and problems as well as a variety of sciences and academic programs available at CWRU.

Interested in working with water researchers at CWRU? Contact Great Lakes Energy Institute
Director Grant Goodrich at or 216.368.0748.