Center of Excellence in Environmental Engineering & Science

Director: Daniel Klempner, Ph.D.
Office: C10, Chemistry Building, McNichols Campus
Telephone: (313) 993-3385
Fax: (313) 993-1112

The Center of Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science (CE3S) is a research and teaching center established by funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as industry and the State of Michigan. The Center provides a sound scientific engineering approach in seeking the most effective answers to society’s major environmental problems. The Center’s focus is on polymers and includes research on recycling of hard-to-recycle materials, such as thermosetting polymers, composites, mixed plastics, and tire rubber; studies of plastics from natural renewable resources and their biodegradability; and the use of polymers in treating wastes, including incinerator ash, contaminated soil, and automotive shredder residue. Other projects have dealt with such areas as bioremediation of airplane de-icer and risk assessment of transgenic plants.

The Center also has a significant educational component and has supported the development of a master’s degree program in Environmental Engineering, through the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Also, both the Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Chemical Engineering departments have developed undergraduate concentrations in environmental engineering.

The efforts of the Center span the entire College of Engineering & Science. Its research team includes faculty and students from the departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering, as well as the Polymer Institute.