Research Projects

SMART Biomaterials

SMART Biomaterials for Biofuels Production lab focuses on synthesis and electrospinning of biomaterials and natural polymers such as cellulose. Read more.

Virtual Agents

Researchers in the Culturally Relevant Computing Lab build virtual agents to assist students in the AUC with recycling efforts. Read more.


Theoretical research on graphene entails studying the band gap openings and functionalization of carbon nanotubes. Graphene is a one carbon thick material with electronic properties. Read more.

Organic Polymer Solar Cells

New methods for the chemical synthesis of low cost organic polymers for use in solar cells and modules are being studied. Read more.


Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising fish) with hydroponics (cultivating plants) in a symbiotic environment. Read more.

Multimodal Recycling Program

A mutlimodal program application is being developed and currently studied to assist users in finding locations to recycle common and not-so-common items. Read more.

Community Gardens

This research explores how community gardens can be used to promote student engagement and community capacity. Read more.

High Altitude Research Platform

A high altitude balloon with a payload of different undergraduate student research projects is launched to near space and recovered. Read more.

Solar Pioneers

Interview local users of solar technology and install solar panels in communities without electricity. Read more.

Urban Green Space Environmental Justice

Researchers conduct a city-wide survey of Atlanta residents’ perceptions of both the benefits and costs of urban environmental services and threats. Read more.