Research Opportunities

Strengths and Assets

• Electrochemical and bio-sensors
• Data analytics and big data analysis
• Modeling of complex infrastructures and systems
• Water treatment and contaminant transformation


Northeast Ohio serves as an ideal testbed to deploy innovative new technologies to test, analyze, and purify water for national or global applications. Case Western Reserve University faculty engage in active research collaboration with key industry partners, as well as with governmental, environmental, and public health organizations in our region. Furthermore, we are preparing our students with the latest knowledge and capabilities in the sciences and engineering so that they may become future leaders in industry and our communities. Through our multidisciplinary research institutes, including the Great Lakes Energy Institute, the Institute for Smart, Secure and Connected Systems, the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health, and the Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law, Case Western Reserve offers many opportunities for industry and the community to engage with experts in water-related research.

Current Research Projects

  • Emerging Contaminants: From Environmental Fate and Transformation to Novel Water Treatment Technologies
    • Faculty Technical Leads: Huichun (Judy) Zhang, Civil Engineering 
  • Sustainable Water Infrastructure Preservation Enabled with Advanced Cyberinfrastructure and Data Analytics and Advanced Photocatalytic Materials for Environmental Quality Improvement
    • Faculty Technical Leads: Xiong (Bill) Yu, Civil Engineering 
  • Novel Electrochemical Sensor for Detection of PPB-levels of Heavy Metal Contaminants in Water
    • Faculty Technical Leads: Rohan Akolkar, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Microfabricated Chemical, Biological, and Medical Sensors and Detection Systems
    • Faculty Technical Leads: Chung Chiun Liu, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
  • Real Time Monitoring of Algal Bloom Evolution
    • Faculty Technical Leads: Daniel Scherson, Chemistry, Kenneth Loparo, Electrical Computer, and Systems Engineering
  • Engineered Proteins to Enable Advanced Nutrient Recycling Technologies
    • Faculty Technical Leads: Julie Renner, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Data Analytics for Prediction of Harmful Algae Blooms in Lake Erie
    • Faculty Technical Leads: Laura Bruckman, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Amphibian Monitoring and Mitigation Strategies in Disturbed Wetlands
    • Faculty Technical Leads: Mike Benard, Biology
  • Enzyme Evolution and Trace Metal Biogeochemistry in Modern Lakes and Ancient Oceans
    • Faculty Technical Leads: Sarah Bagby, Biology
  • Hydrogeomorphic Analysis of Post-Wildfire Floodplain Stability and Sediment Residence Times in Mountain Systems
    • Faculty Technical Leads: Nicholas Sutfin, Earth Environmental and Planetary Sciences


Water research is related to a number of modern technology and problems as well as a variety of sciences and academic programs available at Case Western Reserve University.

Interested in working with water researchers at CWRU? Contact Great Lakes Energy Institute
Director Grant Goodrich at or 216.368.0748.