The Berge Laboratory is actively exploring research directed towards improving the current waste stream treatment/management paradigm.  Specific research objectives include: (1) improving our understanding of how physical, chemical, and biological processes can be manipulated to promote sustainable waste treatment techniques that lead to carbon sequestration, energy generation, and/or value-added product production, (2) developing and initiating new waste treatment/management protocols that provoke transformations in the current waste treatment/management paradigm, and (3) dissemination of research results through both traditional and non-traditional techniques. Specific areas of exploration include: the fate of disposed nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals, personal care products and endocrine disrupting compounds in bioreactor landfills; thermochemical conversion of municipal solid waste; increasing the energy yield from waste streams; resource recovery from waste streams; leachate treatment processes; and the development and subsequent evaluation of innovative groundwater remediation technologies.

Welcome to the Berge Research Lab!

Contact Information:

Dr. Nicole Berge

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

300 Main Street

Columbia, SC  29208

Phone: 803-777-7521

Email: berge@engr.sc.edu