Zhang Takes Home $2,500 Prize

January 3, 2017

DOW SISCA FinalistsThe Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award, made possible by a collaboration between IonE and the Dow Chemical Company, recognizes and rewards students and universities for innovation and research that encourages and promotes sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems. The competition is open to full-time graduate and professional students enrolled at all campuses of the University of Minnesota.

This year's competition was held Dec. 6 at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment in St. Paul.

Our BBSEM program yeilded four finalists, with BBSEM Ph.D. candidate Xin Zhang the runner up. Zhang took home $2,500 for her project, Economical Production of Sustainable Fertilizers from Animal Manure. Animal manure contains high levels of phosphorus that, when used as fertilizer, can leach into water bodies and increase eutrophication. Zhang’s research uses electrochemical technology to economically reduce the phosphorus level in liquid manure.

In addition to Zhang, BBSEM student finalists include:

  • Erik Anderson
    Scum to biodiesel: The economic rendering and conversion of waste organics to fuel 

  • Cristiano Reis and Tanner Barnharst
    Application of artificial lichens in agricultural and feed systems
Congratulations to our four highly qualified finalists! 
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