Tuesday, December 4, 2012
What better way to learn about the latest research on pharmaceuticals and personal care products than to hear it directly from the people doing the research? From the field to the lab, UpClose takes you behind the scenes with the scientists who are working to make sense of this complicated topic.
The first issue of UpClose highlights the work of Dr. Timothy Strathmann, an environmental engineer at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Strathmann has dedicated more than a decade to understanding the chemical principles at work behind environmental challenges such as ensuring long-term water quality and developing renewable energy. In more recent years, he and his students have been working to develop processes that could be used to treat wastewater contaminated with pharmaceuticals and other consumer products. The Strathmann Research Group has also conducted studies that investigate processes that degrade aquatic contaminants in natural environments.
IISG science writer, Anjanette Riley, sat down with Dr. Strathmann to talk in detail about what happens to pharmaceuticals at a chemical level when water is treated, the risk these chemicals may pose after they are broken down, and how his research is helping to develop new, more efficient treatment technologies needed to ensure sustainable water quality.