Research Clusters

Through the cross-disciplinary research of physical, chemical and biological processes in engineered systems, we can achieve cleaner air and water worldwide.

The rapid pace of globalization provides unprecedented opportunity for developed and developing countries to restructure and grow their economies. However, society must meet the heightened demand for energy and goods through responsible, sustainable sources and with technologies that will have limited environmental impact, such as materials and devices for solar photovoltaics and new pathways for biofuel and biochemical production.

We must create and improve the infrastructure required to ensure the highest quality of environmental and human health, which will require both fundamental and applied research in order to address environmental challenges comprehensively.



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WashU Expert: Researchers focused on understanding virus transmission by aerosols Expert: Researchers focused on understanding virus transmission by aerosolsWhy public health guidelines need to go beyond hand washing, mask-wearing.<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/sneeze.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Global pollution estimates reveal surprises, opportunity pollution estimates reveal surprises, opportunityResearchers’ hybrid dataset includes satellite images, modeling and air samples<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Figure4_updatedPM25.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />