Zhu Published in Nature Sustainability for Wastewater Treatment

February 6, 2019

Xiuping Zhu headshotBATON ROUGE, LA – In a recently published paper titled “Wastewater Treatment for Carbon Capture and Utilization,” LSU Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Xiuping Zhu and her co-authors make the case that changing the wastewater treatment process could have major environmental implications.

The group writes that preliminary estimates from their research into alternative wastewater treatment pathways demonstrate that re-envisioning wastewater treatment could entirely “offset the industry’s greenhouse gas footprint” and “make it a globally significant contributor of negative carbon emissions.”

The paper was published in the December 2018 issue of Nature Sustainability and was co-authored by Jeremy Guest, civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Lu Lu, civil and environmental engineering professor at Princeton University; Catherine Peters, civil and environmental engineering professor at Princeton University; Greg Rau, senior researcher at University of California-Santa Cruz’s Institute of Marine Services; and Zhiyong Jason Ren, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Princeton University.

Launched in January 2018, Nature Sustainability is an online-only, monthly journal that publishes research about sustainability from the natural and social sciences, as well as from engineering and policy.


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