The W. M. Keck Phytotechnologies Laboratory is home to phytoremediation of organic xenobiotic chemicals --a technology developed at The University of Iowa for treating soils, sediments, and groundwater. It recognizes the power of plants to recycle and treat waste chemicals through nature’s cycles. It is already in use at hundreds of waste sites throughout the United States, and the Environmental Engineering and Science (EES) group has won several awards for its introduction, including the Rudolf Hering Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Montgomery-Watson Best Thesis Award from the Water Environment Federation. Phytoremediation promises cost-effective treatment of wastes by utilizing the largest source of biocatalysts on earth – enzymes from the plant biosphere.
The C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory houses the UI College of Engineering's IIHR -- Hydroscience & Engineering program, one of the world's premier and oldest fluids research and engineering laboratories. IIHR faculty, research engineers and students conduct research in the broad fields of fluid mechanics, air and water resources and environmental hydraulics. IIHR is unique among hydraulic research laboratories for its in-house capabilities in computational simulations and laboratory modeling and for field observational research.
The Lucille A. Carver Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station is this nation's only university-owned research station on the Mississippi River. The 7,500-square-foot facility, originally funded primarily by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, brings together hydraulic engineers, biologists, geologists, environmental engineers and representatives of other relevant disciplines to conduct research on the United States' largest river.
The Combustion and High Speed Fluid Mechanics Lab focuses on understanding, measuring, and modeling biomass gasification, pyrolysis, and combustion. The fuel is typically light biomass. Time-evolving gasification measurements are made in a quartz tube gasifier and resulting chemical species are measured with solid state detectors. The information is then incorporated in computer models of real systems.