Butler Research Group

Our research focuses on developing energy-efficient treatment strategies for both water and wastewater treatment. We examine bioelectrochemcial systems where biofilms, capable of using either an anode as an electron acceptor or cathode as an electron donor, remediate environmental pollutants and concurrently produce electricity. We are interested in developing scalable process designs that could be easily integrated into existing treatment infrastructure, but is also interested in the ecology and function of the microorganisms that facilitate electricity production.

Recon Z Series-5

Graphite fiber with anode-respiring bacteria

Contact Information:

Caitlyn Butler

Assistant Professor

University of Massachusetts

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

16B Marston Hall