Welcome to the website for the Solid and Hazardous Waste research program in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida, under the direction of Professor Timothy Townsend. The focus of our research program is waste management, with areas of interest including recycling and reuse, waste treatment, landfills, waste management in the developing world, and waste characterization.
Professor Townsend is not offering any courses in the spring 2013 semester, and instead will focus on research and graduate student supervision. In the fall 2013 semester he will instruct Solid and Hazardous Waste Management (ENV4351/5306) and Solid Waste Systems Design (a capstone design class with a focus on waste management in developing countries, ENV4353/6932).
Current research efforts focus on the following topics:
- Bioreactor landfill design and operation
- Landfill leachate treatment using membranes
- Ammoniated coal fly ash characterization and recycling
- Characterization of plasma arc gasification slag
- Mobilization of naturally-occurring soil constituents into groundwater as a result of landfill design and construction
- Recycling and reuse of thermal combustion residues
- Cement kiln baghouse dug characterization and recycling
- Remedial approaches for iron-impacted groundwater at landfill sites