University of California, Riverside

Kawai Tam



List of Previous Design Projects


2003

Low Energy Seawater Desalination Process
Clean Conversion of Waste Plastics to Fuels
Life Cycle Energy Requirements for Biological and Waste Organic Treatment Technologies
Fuel Cells

2004

Germanium recovery from an optical fiber plant
Germanium tetrachloride recovery
Solvent recovery using swing distillation
Solvent purification by caustic extraction and adsorbent materials
Solvent recovery from a siloxane plant
A novel biological scrubber for the treatment of ethanol

2005

Manufacture of quantum dots
Rooftop rainwater harvesting and graywater reuse
Production of elastin polymer for the treatment of contaminated soils
Salton Sea Cleanup
Aluminum extrusion plant design
Algal pond treatment of agricultural runoff

2006

Adipic acid production using nitric acid and acetic acid
Benzene free synthesis of adipic acid
Polyethylene terephthalate and polylactic acid manufacture
Arsenic removal from the drinking water supply using zero valent iron
Treatment of tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide
Alternative fuel energy options

2007

Power the future using waste grease
Zero waste biodiesel: using glycerin and biomass to create renewable energy
Trichloroethylene removal using nanoparticles
Silica removal from inland brackish water
Green synthesis of ibuprofen
Commercial production of anti-cancer agent paclitaxel

2008

Local graywater treatment from a campus dormitory for irrigation
Power Plant NOx Treatment Using Bacterial Denitrification
Low Impact Development
Waste reduction to ethanol production
Detection of contaminated spinach
Methanol-based economy
Hydrogen production using water splitting cycles
Anti-fouling ship paints
Solvents from eucalyptus oil
New disposal method for biosolids from wastewater treatment facilities

2009

Soild remediation of methylene chloride at the Avery Dennison site in Waukegan, IL
Brackish water pretreatment
Concentrated solar distillation as a means to purify saline/brackish water
Using waste to clean up the environment: cellulosic ethanol, the future of fuels
Production of green diesel from algae

2010

Nanotechnology gas sensors
Wastewater treatment using membrane bioreactors
Portable drinking water units
Water, sanitation and energy needs for a village in Guatemala
Solar concentrated basin distillation
Converting campus waste to synthetic fuel
Reduction of CO2 from copper mines: Is Biodiesel an option?
Manufacture of electrolytes for dye-sensitized solar cells
Manufacture of a hydrogen storage device
Achieving zero-liquid-discharge for a chrome electroplating plant

2011

Grid-independent electricity generation for remote areas based on a unitized hydroxide exchange membrane fuel cell systemComplete decontamination of water by photocatalytically active TiO2 composite membrane
Heating attic air for space heating and dryer applications using solar thermal energy
Affect of magnetic fields on ionic solutions
Ionic liquids to scrub CO2 from gases
Treatment of the Santa Ana Regional Interceptor (SARI) line contents
Treatment of Coal Ash Water Contamination at Selected Sites
Innovative uses of End-of-Life Tires (ELT)
Biorefineries for Value-Added Chemicals

2012

Pasteurization Using a Lens and Solar Energy (PULSE) Method
Green Reverse Osmosis Pretreatment Using Electrocoagulation
Storm Drain Filter Insert and Indicator
Implementation of a Perovskite Catalyst in an Active Diesel Particulate Filter
Production of Titanium Dioxide Ceramic Membranes for Water Treatment Systems
Genetic Engineering of Self-Aggregation Behavior in Cyanobacteria
High Temperature Co-electrolysis of H2O/ CO2
Solar Conversion of CO2 and H2O to Hydrocarbons
Photooxidation of Phenols Using Titanium Dioxide Nanofibers
Heavy Metal Ion Removal Using Iron Oxide Nanofiber Mats

2013

Pasteurization Using a Lens and Solar Energy for Water Availability, Reclamation and Development (PULSE forWARD)
NOx-Out: Selective Catalytic Reduction for Lawn Mower Emissions
FilteRES: Resistance-based Filter Indicators and Bleach Generation for Developed and Developing Nations
Smog Reducing Roofing Tiles
Nitrate Removal from Groundwater in Rural Communities
Riverside Infrastructure Sustainable Campus (RISC) Management
Creating a Sustainable Community at Victory Gardens in Moreno Valley, CA
Feasibility of Li-S Batteries
Process Improvements at Promethean Biofuels
Electrically Conductive Reverse Osmosis Membranes for Water Treatment Processes
Biochemical Production of Ethylene from Biomass
San Pasqual Groundwater Desalination using Electrocoagulation

2014

Li-S battery material synthesis
Biochemical production of acetate esters from biomass
Design and manufacture of a pipe friction demonstration unit
Design and manufacture of a distillation demonstration unit
Design and manufacture of a gas-liquid absorption demonstration unit
Design and manufacture of liquid-liquid absorption demonstration unit
Design of a solar thermal closet dryer
Magnetotactic bacteria for carbon source mapping
Chromium (VI) removal from drinking water
Fuel cell - power pack
Treatment of produced water from hydraulic fracturing - West Coast location
Treatment of produced water from hydraulic fracturing - East Coast location
Flue gas desulfurization treatment
Technology for the reduction of particulate matter emissions for residential propane BBQs
Smog-reducing roof tiles
Enhancements to the NOx-Out lawn mower prototype

2015

Integrated Appliance System for homes: Drying, Space Heating and Water Heating from Solar Energy
Rice Husk Particleboard: A Termite-resistant and Sustainable Building Material for the Philippines
NOx-Out Technology for Small Off-road Engines such as generators
Technology for the Reduction of Particulate Matter Emissions from Commercial Cooking
Industrial-Scale Ethanol Production by Fermentation and Co-solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic Fractionation
Co-solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic Fractionation - Catalytic Method
Produced Water Treatment for Oil Hydrofracking Sites in Eagle Ford, Texas
A Mobile Treatment System for Produced Water from Hydraulic Fracturing in Pennsylvania
Development of a Smog-reducing Coating for Roofs
Ethyle Acetate Production using Kluyveromyces marxianus
Organic Replacements for Silicon-based Photovoltaic Cells
Renovating the UCR Greenhouses
Flue Gas Desulfurization: Wastewater Treatment
Plant Design for the Making of Bricks Supplemented with Coal Ash
Converting Waste Latex Gloves into Value-Added Commodities
Integration of Microbial Fuel Cells for the Treatment of Greek Yogurt Waste
Photocatalytic Degradation of Environmental Pollutants for the Orange County Groundwater Replenishment System 
On-Campus Bioremediation of Blackwater and Graywater
Sustainable Improvements for the Community R'Garden location
Design and Build of a Versatile Distillation Unit for Instructional Needs
Design of an On-Campus Wastewater Treatment System for the Autonomous University of Baja California in Mexico

2016

Zeolite Production
Ethylene Production
Natural Gas Liquids Recovery
Nylon Carpet Recycling
Sulfur Recovery
Three-Phase Ammonia Air Scrubber
Integrated Appliance System
Fexofenadine Production
Loratidine Production
Sustain-a-Drain: Indicative Storm Drain Filter System
NOx-Out for Small Off-road Engines
Husk-to-Home: Rice Husk Particleboard Manufacture 

2017

Advanced Solvent Recovery System using Co-solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic Fractionation
Husk-to-Home: Rice Husk Particleboard Manufacture
NiTreatr: Novel Method for Removal of Nitrates from Drinking Water
NanoJet Technology
Nanofiber-based Active Water Filtration System
Titania: Smog-reducing Roof Coating
Design of Energy Efficient Appliances using Solar Energy
Ammonia Removal from Wastewater in Dairy Farms
PanCeria: Treatment of Exhaust from Small Off-road Engines
Sustain-a-Drain: Indicative Storm Drain Filter System
IEUA: Advanced Water Treatment Evaluation
IEUA: RP-5 Food Waste Treatment Evaluation
IEUA: Beneficial Use of RP-5 Digester Gas Evaluation
Enova Solutions: Chromium Removal Evaluation
Enova Solutions: Arsenic Removal Evaluation
Manufacturing Facility for a Biopharmaceutical: Monoclonal Antibody
Recycling Nitric Acid from a Radioactive Liquid Waste Stream
Coal to Methanol
Separation Technology Evaluation for Economic Recovery of Pyridine



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