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December 6, 2018 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Undergraduate Library, David Adamany Bernath Auditorium | Map
5155 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Water@Wayne seminar on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 2:30 p.m to 4:00 p.m. in the Bernath Auditorium located in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The seminar is free and open to the public; registration is requested.

The Water@Wayne Seminar Series presents "Hybrid Adsorption Biological Treatment Systems (HABiTS) for Improved Nitrogen and Pathogen Removal in Onsite Wastewater Treatment" with Sarina Ergas, Ph.D., University of South Florida. Dr. Sarina J. Ergas is a Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida, Tampa.  She holds a BS from Humboldt State University and MS and PhD degrees from the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on biological treatment processes, including biological nitrogen removal, waste-to-energy technologies and water, sanitation and waste-to-energy applications for developing countries.


Onsite wastewater treatment (aka “septic”) systems treat approximately one third of US wastewater.  Although these systems are practical and economical for use in rural or suburban areas, conventional onsite systems do a poor job in removing nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorous) and pathogens from wastewater.  This results in surface and groundwater contamination.  Simple packed bed bioreactors can be retrofit into onsite wastewater infrastructure for nutrient removal; however, the high variations in wastewater flow and concentration, long idle periods (e.g., during vacations) and lack of regular maintenance (because this is normally done by home owners) presents a challenge for these systems.  This talk will provide an overview of conventional onsite wastewater treatment and its associated problems, results of prior studies of onsite nitrogen removal systems and highlight our current EPA funded bench- and pilot-scale research on Hybrid Adsorption Biological Treatment Systems (HABiTS) for improved onsite wastewater treatment.

A short reception will immediately follow the seminar.

For more information about this event, please contact Kayla Watson at 3135775600 or