Category Archives: Green Chemistry

PCBs Not Going to Clinton, But A Solution Still Needed

Now that the U.S. and Illinois Environmental Protection Agencies have rejected proposals for permanent PCB storage at the Clinton Landfill, the problem has not gone away.   Just what is to be done with the once common industrial chemical turned persistent … Continue reading

Tiny Plastic Pollutants Banned in Illinois

Why did Illinois pull the plug on the use of plastic microbeads as exfoliants? ISTC’s B.K. Sharma and Nancy Holm offer insights on the trouble with microbeads in the “A Minute With…” feature on the U of I website. ISTC has … Continue reading

Registration Open for Green Chemistry Conference

Registration is open for the The Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference: Innovating for Success in Cleveland on April 1–2, 2014.   The purpose of this conference is to show how innovations in green chemistry practices drive advances in business, academia, … Continue reading

ISTC Supercapacitor Research Gets Most Online Buzz

“Highly ordered macroporous woody biochar with ultra-high carbon content as supercapacitor electrodes” by ISTC researchers Junhua Jiang, Lei Zhang, Xinying Wang, Nancy Holm, Kishore Rajagopalan, and colleagues at the University of South Carolina had the highest altmetric scores from altmetric.com … Continue reading

ISTC Invited to Join Pollution Prevention Training by U.S. EPA

Two ISTC professionals were invited to participate in a pilot training program in Chicago organized by the U.S. EPA’s Region 5.   Laura Barnes, Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR) Executive Director and Resource Librarian presented, “Using GLRPPR to … Continue reading

Veteran Researcher Named State Pollution Prevention Scientist

Nandakishore Rajagopalan has been appointed the Illinois Pollution Prevention Scientist.   The new designation was established in August 2013 by the Illinois State Legislature to serve as the authoritative spokesperson on matters of pollution prevention fact and policy for the … Continue reading

Wood Biochar Offers Promise of Cheap Supercapacitors

ISTC is investigating wood-biochar’s use as a supercapacitor. The material offers equal power capabilities as activated carbon, but is much less expensive.   A team led by Senior Engineer Junhua Jiang published results in the journal Electrocimica Acta, demonstrating the … Continue reading

Triclosan Shown to Trigger Resistance in Aquatic Ecosystems

A widely used compound to prevent bacterial contamination is persisting in the environment and creating antibacterial resistant strains of bacteria.   That is the conclusion of a study by researchers at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) in Champaign, IL, … Continue reading

Engineer to Share Latest Research for Recycling LCD Screens

Old TVs and monitors are becoming old TVs and monitors at record rates as screen size and new capabilities grow and prices shrink. Most of their toxins build up in landfills where they can leach into the environment. If it … Continue reading

Celebrate National Pollution Prevention Week 2012

Today marks the first day of National Pollution Prevention Week. Pollution Prevention Week is annually the third week of September. Pollution Prevention Week is a time when businesses, environmental groups and citizens can join forces for a common cause. By … Continue reading