Cuong Dao

Student NameCuong Dao
Faculty Mentor NameAna Martin-Ryals Ph.D
CollegeCollege of Agricultural and Life Sciences
MajorAgricultural and Biological Engineering
MinorBiomolecular Engineering
Research InterestsRenewable bio-fuels
Academic AwardsN/A
Hobbies and InterestsCycling, Hiking, and Cuttlefish

Research Project

Ion-Exchange Pretreatment of Hydrothermal Liquefaction Aqueous Product for Use as Anaerobic Digester Feedstock?

Hydrothermal Liquefaction (HTL) is shown to be a promising method of converting wet organic waste into renewable bio-fuel and the remaining aqueous product that is generated during the HTL process contains a high amount of soluble organic material that can be further processed through anaerobic digestion (AD) to produce methane-rich biogas. However, this aqueous product also has a large amount of nutrients, particularly ammonia nitrogen that is toxic in high concentrations to the microbial community used for anaerobic digestion. For my research, I will investigate how to remove and recover ammonia nitrogen from HTL aqueous product using an ion exchanging zeolite called clinoptilolite.