Rachel Brennan

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Associate Professor of Chemistry, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Water-energy-food nexus challenges; ecological wastewater treatment; bioremediation of soil and groundwater contaminants; nutrient recovery for the production of fertilizers, fodder, and biofuels; engaged global scholarship.

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Recent Publications

The water–energy–food nexus discovery map: Linking geographic information systems, academic collaboration, and large-scale data visualization

Arenas, M., Femeena, P. V. & Brennan, R. A., May 1 2021, In: Sustainability (Switzerland). 13, 9, 5220.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Recovery of waste nutrients by duckweed for reuse in sustainable agriculture: Second-year results of a field pilot study with sorghum

Fernandez Pulido, C. R., Caballero, J., Bruns, M. A. & Brennan, R. A., Oct 1 2021, In: Ecological Engineering. 168, 106273.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Coupling ecological wastewater treatment with the production of livestock feed and irrigation water provides net benefits to human health and the environment: A life cycle assessment

Roman, B. & Brennan, R. A., Jun 15 2021, In: Journal of Environmental Management. 288, 112361.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Duckweed protein supports the growth and organ development of mice: A feeding study comparison to conventional casein protein

Roman, B., Brennan, R. A. & Lambert, J. D., Mar 2021, In: Journal of Food Science. 86, 3, p. 1097-1104 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Project drawdown

Brennan, R. A., Urbina, J., Oliden, J. F. & Rodr­guez, J. M., Jun 22 2020, In: ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings. 2020-June, 1141.

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Crab shell amendments enhance the abundance and diversity of key microbial groups in sulfate-reducing columns treating acid mine drainage

Lin, Y., Newcombe, C. E. & Brennan, R. A., Oct 1 2020, In: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 104, 19, p. 8505-8516 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Anaerobic bioprocessing of wastewater-derived duckweed: Maximizing product yields in a biorefinery value cascade

Calicioglu, O., Richard, T. L. & Brennan, R. A., Oct 2019, In: Bioresource technology. 289, 121716.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Duckweed as an agricultural amendment: Nitrogen mineralization, leaching, and sorghum uptake

Kreider, A. N., Fernandez Pulido, C. R., Bruns, M. A. & Brennan, R. A., Mar 1 2019, In: Journal of Environmental Quality. 48, 2, p. 469-475 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

A beneficial by-product of ecological wastewater treatment: An evaluation of wastewater-grown duckweed as a protein supplement for sustainable agriculture

Roman, B. & Brennan, R. A., Jun 2019, In: Ecological Engineering: X. 1, 100004.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Trace organic contaminant removal in six full-scale integrated fixed-film activated sludge (IFAS) systems treating municipal wastewater

Shreve, M. J. & Brennan, R. A., Mar 15 2019, In: Water Research. 151, p. 318-331 14 p.

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