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March 27th, 2013
Nanoenvirology Research Group presented a workshop (February 6 to 9) on bionanotechnology at Assam Agricultural University (AAU), India. The workshop was organized by AAU’s Biotechnology Research Center and Department of Biotechnology. NRGians Dr. Bezbaruah and Dr. Talal Almeelbi traveled to India to offer the workshop and six NRG collaborators (Drs. Dinesh Katti, Eakalak Khan, Kalpana Katti, Donna Jacob, and Senay Simsek) and a NRGian Dr. Harjyoti Kalita participated via video link. Click here for more news...  
February 10th, 2012
Faculty collaborate with NDSU alumnus on food safety project. Five researchers from NDSU’s Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and Biological Sciences have been awarded a three-year, $500,000 research grant by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Achintya Bezbaruah, principal investigator; Dinesh Katti and Kalpana Katti from civil engineering; Marinus Otte and Donna Jacob from biological sciences; and NDSU alumnus Jose Gonzalez from Plant Sciences at South Dakota State University (SDSU) will conduct collaborative research to understand the molecular level interactions of two specific engineered nanoparticles (zinc oxide and carbon nanotubes) with crop plants through in-vivo, in-vitro, genetic, genomic and molecular modeling experiments, and relate the information to food safety.  
November 19th, 2011
Middle school, high school students present research at NDSU. Thirty middle school and high school students from four countries met by teleconference at NDSU on November 19 to present research data from an intensive six-month project. During the International WateRediscover Conference, five teams from Bangladesh, India, Uganda and the United States each gave 15-minute presentation on projects where they designed, fabricated and tested wastewater-recycling units following the engineering design process.  
September 15th, 2011
Achintya Bezbaruah, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering has won the prestigious Broadening Participation Research Initiation Grants in Engineering (BRIGE) from National Science Foundation (NSF). During this two year NSF project period (09/11-08/13), Dr. Bezbaruah’s Nanoenvirology Research Group will develop low-impact polymers to coat nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) particles for groundwater remediation. The overall objective of this research is to study the impacts of manipulation of the biopolymer functional groups on dispersion, contaminant degradation, and transport behaviors of polymer coated NZVI particles as well as biodegradability of the polymer coatings themselves. PI Bezbaruah will recruit research students from underrepresented groups and has proposed outreach activities in area K-12 schools. Sep 15,2011
December 29th, 2010
Nanoenvirology researchers receive fellowships from North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute (NDWRRI) with funding from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and North Dakota State Water Commission (NDSWC). Nanoenvirology researcher Christopher Capecchi won the fellowhip for his proposed project titled “Arsenic Contaminated Groundwater Remediation by Entrapped Nanoscale Zero-Valent Iron”. Dhritikshama Roy’s project on “Plant-based Biopolymers for Entrapping Metal Nanoparticles for Arsenic Removal: Biodegradation and Treatability Studies” along with Sharanya Shanbhogue’s project titled “Co-entrapment of iron nanoparticles and trichloroethylene degrading bacteria in alginate biopolymer for groundwater remediation” also got funded.    
April 28th, 2010
Bezbaruah and West Fargo students win NASA award. Achintya Bezbaruah, assistant professor of environmental engineering, and a group of junior high students from West Fargo, took first place out of more than 300 teams in the nationwide Waste Limitation Management and Recycling (WLMR) Design Challenge organized by NASA. The competition aimed to find a design that converts human urine and wastewater into drinkable water to reduce future lunar settlers’ dependence on the Earth.  
January 7th, 2010
Kathy Enger, Assistant Professor in the School of Education, Achintya Bezbaruah from Civil Engineering, and Manjusha Saraswathiamma, a doctoral student in the School of Education and also an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, are the recipients of an Advance FORWARD Climate and Gender Equity Research Grant. Their project is titled “Motivation and Adaptability Factors for Females in the ‘Leaky Engineering Pipeline’ is funded for one year.  
June 19th, 2009
Environmental and Conservation Sciences (ECS) associate faculty members Donna Jacob (Research Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences), Achintya Bezbaruah (Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering), and Marinus Otte (Professor of Biological Sciences) secured funding from the ECS Program to pursue research concerning nanoparticle uptake by wetland plants.  
January 21st, 2009
The North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute (NDWRRI) has announced its annual graduate research fellowship recipients for 2009-10. Fellowships ranging from $4,000 to $12,000 were awarded to graduate students from NDSU. Three Nanoenvirology Research Group (NRG) members won the fellowship this year. NRGian Harjyoti Kalita’s (doctoral student in Materials and Nanotechnology) project on “Iron Imprinted Polymer for Removal and Monitoring of Arsenic" was selected for funding. NRG member Rabiya Shabnam (master’s student in Environmental and Conservation Sciences) won the fellowship for her project titled “Interactions between Microorganisms and Metal Nanoparticles: A New Approach for Groundwater Remediation”. Another NRG member Sita Krajangpan (doctoral student in Civil Engineering) was awarded the fellowship for her work on “Modification of Iron Nanoparticles by Amphiphilic Polysiloxane Graft Co-Polymer for Arsenic, TCE, and RDX Remediation”.