Seed Projects

The first RENEW seed projects address exciting new areas of investigation for interdisciplinary teams of UB investigators working across the university.

1st Round of Seed Projects

9/14/16
Reverse osmosis is a water purification method that uses a semipermeable membrane to desalinate seawater into drinkable water. While promising, it’s a relatively expensive technology.
9/14/16
The project brings together a team of engineers, ecologists and policy experts to examine wind farm systems in terms of integrity, performance, ecological impacts and policy issues.
9/14/16
Across the United States, government agencies and energy developers are looking at agricultural land to develop renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar.
9/14/16
Advanced manufacturing will help revitalize Western New York’s economy. But just like 20th century manufacturing, it poses pollution risks, especially to freshwater.

2nd Round of Seed Projects

9/14/16
Accurate projections and accessible information about the impacts of climate change on water resources are critical for planning and adaptation. 
9/14/16
The project will focus on mitigating electronic waste (e-waste) through design engineering and market promotion-based solutions that induce “green” behavior from consumers. 
9/14/16
Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar are expected to be integrated into the future electric grid for economic, energy and environmental security. 
9/14/16
Lake Erie provides drinking water to the region, habitat for wildlife, and it’s a mecca for fishing and recreation. However, microbial pollution in the lake threatens human and ecosystem health, as well as local economies and future economic development.
9/14/16
Materials design and discovery hold a critical place in the 21st century economy, with broad impact that spans the transportation, health, microelectronic and renewable energy industries.

3rd Round of Seed Projects

4/14/17
The use of perovskites as light-harvesting layers has become an important technology for low-cost solar cells that are capable of converting more than 20 percent of sunlight into electricity. The basis for such solar cells are the properties of lead-based hybrid perovskite layers, including very high absorption of solar light and great electrical properties.
4/14/17
Expanding urban population and climate change continue to challenge the development of sustainable cities. The increasing scarcity of urban land and competing demands over how land is used make it essential that innovative planning solutions appropriately balance the storm water management, energy production, recreation, and other societal priorities. 
4/14/17
Research on the adverse effects of air pollution on human health and environment has benefited from monitoring stations that routinely collect data on air quality. However, monitoring networks are sparsely located and preferentially placed.
6/21/17
Urban growth is often accompanied by land subsidence resulting from settlement, building load and the increase pressure put on water resources to satisfy water demand. 

4th Round of Seed Projects

9/18/17
Extreme temperature events – prolonged periods of hot and cold weather – cause greater mortality rates than all other weather-related events combined. Not everyone who lives in a city experiences temperature extremes in the same way.
9/18/17
The electrocatalytic carbon dioxide reduction (ECO2R) to chemical fuels provides a promising pathway to a carbon-neutral energy cycle.
9/20/17
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been increasing in the last few decades. In 2010, 1 out of 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with ASD.

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