Category Archives: Sponsored Research

New Research Helps Narrow the Choice Between Affordable and Long-Lasting Roads

  A two-year study of asphalt binders will improve the use of recycled material in making long-lasting roads.   Asphalt binders, a key to affordable, long-lasting roads, have surrendered some of their secrets thanks to a two-year examination of their … Continue reading

Challenges of Carbon Utilization Have Regional Solutions

Emerging technologies for carbon dioxide (CO2) utilization present significant opportunities for job creation and economic growth, said Kevin O’Brien, director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at … Continue reading

Tiny Scavenger Proves Apex Predator in Oil Spill Clean Up

When there is an oil spill in a body of water, booms are used to contain it so the contamination can be collected. The aftermath still leaves a sheen of oil that response teams then attempt to keep from devastating … Continue reading

In Race to Capture Carbon Dioxide, Remember the Need to Use It

The capture and utilization of CO2 provides a unique opportunity to create jobs and build new markets. Illinois is leading this charge, said ISTC Director Kevin O’Brien today in a presentation at the International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Technologies (GHGT-13) … Continue reading

Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award, Illinois R&D Demonstrate Growing Commitment to Sustainable World

  On Friday Nov. 4, the Paris Agreement on climate change became official. The U.S., China, and 53 other nations have ratified the treaty representing half of the world’s carbon emissions.   “The politically difficult step was Paris,” said Robert … Continue reading

ISTC Sponsored Research Evaluates Acoustic Leak Detection Network

    ISTC’s  Billion Gallon Water Challenge has released a video of its research collaboration with American Water and Echologics to demonstrate new leak detection technology for residential drinking water distribution systems.   Last year the research partners tested the … Continue reading

Academic/Government Partners Work Toward the Next Level in Home Water Filtration

ISTC NEWS Nanoparticle Membrane Technology Investigated for Commercial Viability   ISTC’s Nandakishore Rajagopalan and Wei Zheng are part of a team of experts from government and academia who are working to improve the filtration of household drinking water using new ultrathin nanoparticle-based … Continue reading

Prairie Research Institute’s Large-Scale Watersheds Initiative Recognized Today at White House Water Summit

  ISTC NEWS   Initiative Aims to Calculate ‘Value’ of Entire Illinois River Watersheds CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The White House Water Summit today highlighted the Resilient Watersheds Initiative of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois in its announcement … Continue reading

Sen. Durbin Backs Research to Capture More Carbon from Coal Plants

ISTC NEWS Senator Supports Plan to Capture More Carbon for Beneficial Use   Senator Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) toured the Abbott Power Plant at the University of Illinois on Jan. 15 for a briefing on Prairie Research Institute (PRI) research to … Continue reading

ISTC Signs Call for Action to Limit Global Warming

ISTC NEWS The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) has become a signatory to The Paris Pledge for Action, a world-wide call to action to reduce environmental impacts and limit global warming to less than two degrees.   “Minimizing the impact … Continue reading