The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences is happy to announce that Professors William Blanford (middle) and Gregory O’Mullan (right) from SEES and Robert Engel from the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at Queens College have received a $150,000 grant from PowerBridgeNY to develop antimicrobial treatment technologies. PowerBridgeNY is funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to turn clean technology innovations from academic research labs into cleantech businesses in New York State. Around this technology, the professors have teamed with Mario Mercado and the CUNY Technology Commercialization Office to develop a new company, QuatCare LLC. Initially, they will be developing and field testing a treatment system to lower bacterial levels in process waters used in automotive painting lines to lower power and water consumption rates. Globally, automotive paint lines consume as much water as NYC and individually consume over 60% of the power involved in assembling vehicles. This project is one of many where SEES faculty and students are producing innovative science and technology to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of NYC and New York State.
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