Water research at MSU

Michigan State University scientists are at the forefront of water research, leveraging the knowledge from a diverse range of disciplines such as engineering, chemistry, microbiology, fisheries, crop and soil sciences, molecular genetics, geology, medicine, zoology, sociology. These scientists work collaboratively across campus and around the globe to find the best solutions to water challenges and develop new technologies to ensure a safe, secure and plentiful supply of water for all users.

MSU Water Research Priorities

Water quality and quantity

Water treatment

Water policy and

Water research centers and

Selected MSU water technologies available for licensing:

Purification of drinking water using ozonation in a fluidized bed bioreactor: This invention removes pollutants using ozonation and a fluidized bed with microorganisms, with a carbon source to help the microorganisms break down organic pollutants more efficiently.

Ceramic membrane filtration of ozonated water: Combining a better ceramic membrane filter with an ozone degradation step reduces fouling at the membrane surface, kills microorganisms and breaks down the bonds in the organic pollutants, all of which saves money.

Dual affinity membrane hydrocyclone for simultaneous water purification and oil recovery from produced water: The process can be used to treat water produced at offshore platforms during oil and gas production or other types of oil-water dispersions to cost-effectively separate oil from the water.

Methylene blue dye test strips for rapid qualitative detection of hydroxyl radicals formed in a Fenton's reaction aqueous solution Monitoring advanced oxidation processes for soil and water remediation is often challenging because of the difficulty of measuring the reactive OH radicals. This test allows scientists and practitioners to rapidly and inexpensively monitor the formation of OH radicals.