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Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory

Robert Nerenberg


This lab is fully equipped to carry out research in environmental microbiology and biotechnology. The lab occupies approximately 1700 square feet (200 m2) in Fitzpatrick Hall.

Problems we are working on

  • Sustainable and energy efficient water and wastewater treatment
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater treatment processes
  • Membrane-based biofilm processes for water and wastewater treatment
  • Biological drinking water treatment processes
  • Removal of drinking water micropollutants
  • Dynamic structure and function of microbial biofilms
  • Advanced biofilm modeling
  • Autotrophic denitrification of water and wastewater


    -80 oC Freezer
    -20 oC Freezer
    4 oC Refrigerator
    Orbital shakers (4)
    Refrigerated microcentrifuge
    Walk-in hood
    Laminar flow hood
    Water bath
    pH meter
    DO meter
    Nanopure Diamond LS TOC deionized water system
    Eppendorf Mastercycler EP(S) thermal cycler (for PCR)
    Eppendorf Mastercycler EP(S) Realplex 2 (RT-PCR)
    Hybridization oven/crosslinker
    Agarose gel electrophoresis units
    BioRad DGGE apparatus
    Kodak gel documentation system
    Nikon Eclipse 90i epifluorescence microscope
    Boom-mounted stereomicroscope
    Dionex ICS 2500 ion chromatograph
    Agilent gas chromatograph with FID and TCD detectors
    Unisense microsensor setup with micromanipulator, picoammeter, voltmeter, and data acquisition software
    Gamry PCI4/300 potentiostat/galvanostat/ZRA with Electrochemistry Framework software
    Keithley 2700/7700 data acquisitions system
    Coy “Type A” anaerobic glove chamber
    Leica CM-1100 Cryostat
    New Brunswick BioFlow II chemostat


O2-based MBfR for concurrent ammonium and nitrate removal from wastewater
Denitrification of headwater streams using elemental sulfur
Isolation and characterization of Perchlorate-reducing bacteria
Microbial fuel cells
H2-based MBfRs for bromate reduction
Membrane biofilm reactors (MBfRs)

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