Our work in the lab involves creating new user-friendly methods for the monitoring of water, wastewater, and biofluids in hopes of protecting the public from pollution exposure, drinking water quality disasters, and resource extraction issues.
We are working towards open access drinking water quality testing, low cost tools for monitoring urine diversion systems for nutrient recovery, and cancer detection through biofluid analysis. As the population of the earth edges closer to its estimated carrying capacity, preservation and management of natural resources is becoming increasingly important to maintain public health.
It is the responsibility of chemists and environmental engineers to detect pollution in water, air, food, material goods, and human bodies, to remediate this pollution, and to ultimately protect public health, often with limited public and monetary support. Chemical hazards have made significant historical impacts when ample detection methods, monitoring programs, toxicity studies, or regulations have been lacking.
Thus, the research endeavors in the Lahr lab target the need for detection, monitoring, prevention, and remediation of environmental pollution and the effects of pollution.
One of the lab's research projects is water analysis through the Coffee Ring Effect.
Please visit our website to learn more about our work: https://www.egr.msu.edu/lahrlab/