University of Houston
Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
N107 Engineering Building 1
Houston, TX 77204-4003
The four members of the Environmental Engineering Faculty are all active in research. The range of expertise of our faculty members covers the treatment of both soil and water using chemical and biological methods. We also have expertise in modeling and conducting risk assessment for both air, soil and water pollutants.
In addition to individual faculty research laboratory space, the students and faculty have access to a 2,000+ sq. foot analytical facility. The analytical laboratory is considered to be among the best equipped academic research laboratories in the world. Equipment available includes gas chromatographs (GC), gas chromatograph-mass spectrometers (GC-MS), high pressure liquid chromatographs (HPLC), liquid chromatography (LC), ion chromatographs, inductively coupled plasma/mass spectrometer (ICP/MS), atomic absorption spectrophotometers (AAS), particle size analyzers, TOC analyzers, research microscopes with epiflourescence and image processing, anaerobic chambers, Organic Halide Analyzer, UV-Vis spectrophotometers, centrifuges, porometer, incubators, jar test apparatus, BioFlo 3000 Bioreactor, computer-aided titrimeter, turbidometers, pH meters, specific ion meters, field sampling kits, ozone generation system, among others. These analytical facilities allow us to perform research experiments and analyze for almost all inorganic and organic compounds in water, air or soil.
The environmental engineering teaching laboratory is where laboratory instruction is conducted in environmental chemistry, environmental microbiology, drinking water treatment, and biological treatment. This lab is also used for large scale graduate research such as the soil remediation pilot plant.