Research Grants

Extreme events, watershed loadings, and climate change: implications for the management and long term health of the Green Bay, Lake Michigan ecosystem. Co-Principal Investigator with Kevin Fermanich (UW-Green Bay) and J. Val Klump (UW-Milwaukee). Funding Source: UW Sea Grant. Award: $220,000. 2014-2016. [Current Project]

Anaerobic digestion pilot study. Co-Principal Investigator with John Katers (UW-Green Bay). Funding Source: Vieste/Denmek ApS. Award: $49,379. 2014-2015. [Current Project]

Restoring the health of the Green Bay ecosystem under a changing climate: Modeling land use, management and future conditions. Principal Investigators: Kevin Fermanich (UW-Green Bay), J. Val KlumpĀ and Hector Bravo (UW-Milwaukee). Core Team Members: Paul Baumgart and Michael Zorn (UW-Green Bay), James Waples (UW-Milwaukee), David Lorenz (UW-Madison), Kenneth Genskow (UW Extension), Joe DePinto and Ed Verhamme (LimnoTech), William Hafs and John Kennedy (GBMSD), Keith Marquardt (WI DNR), Michael Finney (Oneida Nation), and Julia Noordyk (Wisconsin Sea Grant). Funding Source: University of Michigan Water Center. Award: $157,000. 2013-2015. [Current Project]

Extended and Novel Monitoring of Climate, Nutrient and Ecosystem Dynamics in the Green Bay Ecosystem. Co-Principal Investigator with J. Val Klump (UW-Milwaukee). Funding Source: University of Michigan Water Center. Award: $19,100. 2013. [Current Project]

Quantum Dot Phosphor Synthesis. Co-Principal Investigator with Charles Gibson (UW-Oshkosh). Funding Source: University of Wisconsin Prototype Development Fund. Award: $9,307. 2013. [Completed Project]

An evaluation of the distribution and sources of dissolved strontium in the groundwater of Eastern Wisconsin, with a focus on Brown and Outagamie Counties. Co-Principal Investigator with John Luczaj (UW-Green Bay). Funding Source: State of Wisconsin Joint Solicitation for Groundwater Research & Monitoring Program. Award: $31,710. 2012-2013. [Completed Project]

Great Lakes Observing System [GLOS] enhanced tributary monitoring to support AOCs and LaMPs – lower Green Bay component. Co-Principal Investigator with J. Val Klump (Great Lakes WATER Institute, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), John Kennedy (Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District), and Tracy Valenta (Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District). Funding Source: US EPA. Award: $31,467. 2010-2011. [Completed Project]

Development of platinum-free catalysts for photocatalytic fuel cell applications. Co-Principal Investigator with Kenneth Smith (Cool Science, LLC). Funding Source: UW System Wisconsin Small Company Advancement Program (WISCAP). Award: $131,362. 2011-2012. [Completed Project]

UV bandwidth evaluation of photocatalytic PEM hydrogen fuel cells. Co-Principal Investigator with Kenneth Smith (UW-Stout, Discovery Center). Funding Source: University of Wisconsin System Applied Research Grant Program. Award: $12,971. 2010-2011. [Completed Project]

Fabrication and evaluation of photocatalytic PEM hydrogen fuel cells. Co-Principal Investigator with Kenneth Smith (UW-Stout, Discovery Center). Funding Source: University of Wisconsin System Applied Research Grant Program. Award: $49,998. 2010-2011. [Completed Project]

Closing the achievement gap in introductory science courses at UW-Green Bay. Co-Principal Investigator with Angela Bauer-Dantoin and Shawn Robinson (UW-Green Bay). Funding Source: University of Wisconsin System Diversity Grant Program. Award: $30,428. 2010-2011. [Completed Project]

Conversion of high strength volatile fatty acids to methane-rich biogas. Principal Investigator: Mark Heffernan, Bioproducts Engineering. Subcontract to UWGB: Co-Principal Investigator with John Katers (UW-Green Bay). Funding Source: Wisconsin Energy Independence Fund. Award: $140,000. 2008-2010. [Completed Project]

Developing a culture of opportunity for minority science students at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Co-Principal Investigator with Amy Wolf, Robert Howe, and Angela Bauer-Dantoin (UW-Green Bay). Funding Source: National Science Foundation: Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Partnership (WiscAMP) Program. Award: $23,600. 2009. [Completed Project]

Assessing levels and potential health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals in groundwater associated with karst areas in Northeast Wisconsin. Co-Principal Investigator with Angela Bauer-Dantoin and Kevin Fermanich (UW-Green Bay). Funding Source: State of Wisconsin Joint Solicitation for Groundwater Research & Monitoring Program. Award: $43,063. 2008-2009. [Completed Project]

Raising graduation rates of minority science students through Junior and Senior level research experiences. Co-Principal Investigator with Amy Wolf, Robert Howe, and Angela Bauer-Dantoin (UW-Green Bay). Funding Source: National Science Foundation: Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Partnership (WiscAMP) Program. Award: $23,600. 2008-2009. [Completed Project]

Del Monte corn processing waste management study. Co-Principal Investigator with John Katers (UW-Green Bay). Funding Source: Midwest Food Processors Association, Inc. Award: $29,885. 2008. [Completed Project]

Extraction of hemicellulose sugars from wood waste (from construction and demolition activities) to produce ethanol for fuel. Co-Principal Investigator with David Hollenberg and Franklin Chen (UW-Green Bay). Funding Source: University of Wisconsin System Solid Waste Research Program. Award: $27,274. 2007-2008. [Completed Project]

Investigation of ultrasonic stimulation of supercritical and near supercritical carbon dioxide treatment of wood for the extraction of hemicelluloses. Co-Principal Investigator with Franklin Chen and David Hollenberg (UW-Green Bay). Funding Source: University of Wisconsin System Applied Research Grant Program. Award: $21,070. 2007-2008. [Completed Project]

High solids two-phase anaerobic conversion of food wastes. Principal Investigator: Mark Heffernan, Bioproducts Engineering. Subcontract to UWGB: Co-Principal Investigator with John Katers (UW-Green Bay). Funding Source: Biobased Industry Opportunity (BIO) Implementation Grant Program. Award: $90,000. 2006-2007. [Completed Project]

Anaerobic photocatalysis for the conversion of glycerol, a biodiesel synthesis byproduct. Principal Investigator. Funding Source: Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. Award: $5,018. 2006-2007. [Completed Project]

Mapping and characterization of springs in Brown and Calumet Counties. Co-Principal Investigator with Kevin Fermanich and Ronald D. Stieglitz (UW-Green Bay). Funding Source: State of Wisconsin Joint Solicitation for Groundwater Research & Monitoring Program. Award: $13,800. 2005-2006. [Completed Project]

Biogas generation from a Wisconsin dairy farm using gas-phase anaerobic photocatalysis. Co-Principal Investigator with John F. Katers (UW-Green Bay). Funding Source: University of Wisconsin System Applied Research Grant Program. Award: $44,796. 2004-2005. [Completed Project]

Development of magnetoelastic resonance-based chemical sensors for the measurement of gas-phase organic compounds. Principal Investigator. Funding Source: Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. Award: $17,225. 2004-2005. [Completed Project]

Biogas generation from a Wisconsin dairy farm using anaerobic catalysis and/or photocatalysis. Co-Principal Investigator with John F. Katers (UW-Green Bay). Funding Source: Focus on Energy: Renewable Energy Program. Award: $60,080. 2003-2004. [Completed Project]

Enhanced experimental methods for measuring inorganics in water using a micromachined DC plasma instrument. Co-Principal Investigator with Marc A. Anderson (UW-Madison) and Yogesh B. Gianchandani (University of Michigan). Funding Source: University of Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program. Award: $370,574. 2002-2005. [Completed Project]

Photocatalytic oxidation of gas-phase compounds in confined areas: investigation of multiple component systems. Principal Investigator. Funding Source: Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. Award: $10,042. 2002-2003. [Completed Project]

Acquisition of ion chromatograph at UW-Green Bay. Funding Source: UW-Green Bay Laboratory Modernization Fund. Award: $13,043. 2002. [Completed Project]