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Research Projects and Funding

Funded Projects

National Science Foundation

1.      Collaborative Research: Degradation Mechanism of Cyanotoxins Using Novel Visible Light-Activated Titania (TiO2) Photocatalysts, (D. D. Dionysiou), National Science Foundation, $ 250,000, 09/01/2010 to 08/31/2013. Effort: Summer 0.5. This is a collaborative proposal between University of Cincinnati, two institutions in Ireland and Florida International University. The overall requested budget is about $ 1 M. Dr. Dionysiou serves as the PI of the whole consortium.

2.      NUE: Integration of Nanoscale Devices and Environmental Aspects of Nanotechnology into Undergraduate Engineering and Science Curricula, National Science Foundation, 20% Effort, (J. Boerio, D. D. Dionysiou, A. Kukreti, V. Shanov, D. Shi) $200,000.00, 4/1/2011-3/31/2013.

3.      IGERT:  Bioapplications of Membrane Science and Technology, (PI: D. Butler, Co-PIs:  R. Millard, D. D. Dionysiou, S. Hoath, J. Fried), National Science Foundation, $ 3,644,410, 10/1/2003 to 9/30/2011 (no cost extension from 9/30/2008). Dr. Dionysiou is serving as Co-PI on this project from 3/1/2011 to 9/30/2011 (with remaining amount of funding of $ 550,000), 2% Effort (Academic: 0.18 months).

4.       “CAREER: Hydroxyl Radical and Sulfate Radical-Based Advanced Oxidation Nanotechnologies for the Destruction of Biological Toxins in Water”, National Science Foundation, $400,000, July 1, 2005-June 30, 2010; No Cost extension, June 30, 2011.

5.      Supplemental Funds to “CAREER: Hydroxyl Radical and Sulfate Radical-Based Advanced Oxidation Nanotechnologies for the Destruction of Biological Toxins in Water”, National Science Foundation, $30,000, July 1, 2005-June 30, 2010.; No-Cost extension, June 30, 2011.

6.      Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) as Supplement to “CAREER: Hydroxyl Radical and Sulfate Radical-Based Advanced Oxidation Nanotechnologies for the Destruction of Biological Toxins in Water”, National Science Foundation, $12,000, July 1, 2007-June 30, 2010; No-Cost extension, June 30, 2011.

7.      Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) as Supplement to “CAREER: Hydroxyl Radical and Sulfate Radical-Based Advanced Oxidation Nanotechnologies for the Destruction of Biological Toxins in Water”, National Science Foundation, $6,000, July 1, 2006-June 30, 2007.

8.      Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) as Supplement to “CAREER: Hydroxyl Radical and Sulfate Radical-Based Advanced Oxidation Nanotechnologies for the Destruction of Biological Toxins in Water”, National Science Foundation, $6,000, July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006.

9.      “NER (Nanotechnology Exploratory Research): Fabrication of TiO2 Nanoparticles and Films for Environmental Applications Using Ionic Liquid-Based Self Assembling Sol-Gel Methods,” National Science Foundation, $ 100,000, June 1, 2003-May 31, 2005.

10.  The Use of Ionic Liquids for the Remediation of Wastewater Contaminated by Halogenated Organics,” National Science Foundation (through Tufts University), $150,000, Sep. 1, 2000-Aug. 31, 2002, (G. D. Botsaris, PI; D. D. Dionysiou and R.-Y. Qian, Co-PIs), (Ranked # 1 by the Reviewer Panel), Effort 33%. Note: Title of Subcontract from Tufts University: “Advanced Oxidation Technologies, $50,000).

Competitive Federal Projects and Industry Projects (Including from National Science Foundation)

1.      Visible Light-Activated Mixed Anatase/Brookite Heterojunction Titania Photocatalysts For Treatment of Polluted Water, (PI: Adel A. Ismail; PI: Dionysios Dionysiou, 50%/50%), U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. - Egypt Joint Research Grants For Collaborative Research Grant, $ 250,000, 6/1/2011-5/30/2013, Summer 5% Effort (Summer: 0.15 months).

2.      “NIREAS International Water Research Center”, (PI. Fatta-Kassinos, Co-PIs, Dionysiou, Christodoulou, Kostarelos, Papanastasiou, Kassinis), The Research Promotion Foundation’s Framework Programme, Cyprus Development Foundation, The Republic of Cyprus, $ 194,400 (out of 1.4 Million Euros total) 1/1/2011-12/31/2015. Summer 1.0 month.

3.      “Collaborative Research: Degradation Mechanism of Cyanotoxins Using Novel Visible Light-Activated Titania (TiO2) Photocatalysts”, (D. D. Dionysiou), National Science Foundation, $ 250,000, 09/01/2010 to 08/31/2013. Effort: Summer 0.5. This is a collaborative proposal between University of Cincinnati, two institutions in Ireland and Florida International University. The overall requested budget is about $ 1 M. Dr. Dionysiou serves as the PI of the whole consortium.

4.      “NUE: Integration of Nanoscale Devices and Environmental Aspects of Nanotechnology into Undergraduate Engineering and Science Curricula”, National Science Foundation, 20% Effort, (PI: J. Boerio; Co-PIs: D. D. Dionysiou, A. Kukreti, V. Shanov, D. Shi) $200,000.00, 4/1/2011-3/31/2013.

5.      “Development of Carbon Nanotube-based Biosensor for Monitoring Microcystin-LR in Water”, Ohio State University Research Foundation, $17,500, 3/1/2011-2/28/2012, 8% Effort (Academic: 0.72 months).

6.      “IGERT:  Bioapplications of Membrane Science and Technology”, (PI: D. Butler, Co-PIs:  R. Millard, D. D. Dionysiou, S. Hoath, J. Fried), National Science Foundation, $3,644,410, 10/1/2003 to 9/30/2011 (no cost extension from 9/30/2008). Dr. Dionysiou is serving as Co-PI on this project from 3/1/2011 to 9/30/2011 (with remaining amount of funding of $ 550,000), 2% Effort (Academic: 0.18 months).

7.      “Laboratory and Analytical Support in the Area of Fate and Remediation of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) in Sediment”, (PI: D. D. Dionysiou), Pegasus Technical Services/Environmental Protection Agency, WA 0-24, $25,212, 4/1/2011 to 9/29/2011, Effort: 2.54% Academic (0.085 months) and 3.13% (0.2 months) Summer.

8.      “Laboratory and Analytical Support in the Area of Nanomaterials”, (PI: D. D. Dionysiou), Pegasus Technical Services/Environmental Protection Agency, WA 0-16, $36,543, 2/2/2011 to 9/29/2011, Effort: 2.54% (0.085 months) Academic and 3.13% (0.2 months) Summer.

9.      “CAREER: Hydroxyl Radical and Sulfate Radical-Based Advanced Oxidation Nanotechnologies for the Destruction of Biological Toxins in Water”, National Science Foundation, $400,000, July 1, 2005-June 30, 2010; No Cost extension, June 30, 2011.

10.  “Monitoring, Photochemical Fate, and Oxidative Degradation by UV and Solar-based Technologies of Cyanotoxins in Freshwater Estuaries,” (D. D. Dionysiou, PI; Kevin O’Shea, Judy Westrick, PBS&J, co-PIs) U.S. EPA STAR Program, $ 679,589, April 1, 2007-March 31, 2010. No cost extension April 30, 2011.

11.  “Destruction of Cyanobacterial Toxins in Water with Germicidal UV-254 nm-based Homogeneous and Solar-based Advanced Oxidation Processes,” Ohio State University Research Foundation, $25,000, March 1, 2009-February 28, 2010; no cost extension until Nov. 30, 2010, Academic 0.81.

12.  “Enhanced Photocatalytic Solar Disinfection (ENPHOSODIS) of Water as Effective Intervention Against Waterborne Diarrhoea Diseases at Household Level and as Emergency Relief in the Aftermath of Natural or Man-made Disasters in Marginal Rural Zones in Developing Countries,” US EPA P3 Competition-G2008-P3-Z5 (D. D. Dionysiou, PI; Erick R. Bandala and Patrick Dunlop, Collaborators), $10,000, September 01, 2008 – August 31, 2009.

13.  “Nanoscale Modification and Functionalization of Carbon Electrodes for the Detection of Harmful Organic Chemicals in Water such as Phenol and Domoic Acid,” Water Resources Research Institute, US Geological Survey (USGS) through the Ohio State University Research Foundation, (Dionysios D. Dionysiou, PI; Suzanne Lunsford from Wright State University, co-PI), $ 27,174, March 1, 2007-February 29, 2008.

14.  “Use of Peroxymonosulfate Oxidants for the Destruction of Sediments and Groundwater Contaminants”, U.S. EPA through Pegasus Technical Services, Inc., WA# 08, $ 81,068, September 30, 2007-September 29, 2008.

15.  “Use of Peroxymonosulfate Oxidants for the Destruction of Sediments and Groundwater Contaminants”, U.S. EPA through Pegasus Technical Services, Inc., WA# 08, $ 33,590, July 1 2007-September 30 2007.

16.  “Use of Peroxymonosulfate Oxidants for the Destruction of Sediments and Groundwater Contaminants”, U.S. EPA through Pegasus Technical Services, Inc., WA# 08, $ 60,032, Effort 94% ($ 56,430), April 2006-June 2007.

17.  “DuPont Young Professor Award,” Du Pont De Nemours and Company, $75,000, June 1, 2005-May 31, 2009.

18.  “Character and Controlling Membrane Biofouling”, Water Resources Research Institute, US Geological Survey (USGS) through the Ohio State University Research Foundation, (D. B. Oerther, PI; D. D. Dionysiou, Co-PI), $28,127, Effort 50%, March 1 2006 – February 28 2007.

19.  “High Performance TiO2 Photocatalytic Coatings and Membranes for the Purification, Disinfection and Recycle of Water and Air in Space Applications,” National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), $ 329,753, Jan. 12 2003-Jan. 11 2006; No cost extension until Jan. 14 2007.

20.  “Hydroxyl Radical and Sulfate Radical-Based Advanced Oxidation Nanotechnologies for the Destruction of Biological Toxins in Water,” Ohio Board of Reagents, $62,262, July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006.

21.  “Use of Persulfate and Peroxymonosulfate Oxidants for the Destruction of Groundwater Contaminants,” Water Resources Research Institute, US Geological Survey (USGS) through the Ohio State University Research Foundation, $ 15,000, March 1, 2005-Feb. 28, 2006.

22.  “NER (Nanotechnology Exploratory Research): Fabrication of TiO2 Nanoparticles and Films for Environmental Applications Using Ionic Liquid-Based Self Assembling Sol-Gel Methods,” National Science Foundation, $ 100,000, June 1, 2003-May 31, 2005.

23.  “Degradation of Organics in Sediments by Field Effect TiO2 Catalysis,” U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Contract No. 68-C-00-159, Task Order No. 73, $60,828, Effort 94% ($57,178), Nov. 3, 2004-Dec. 31, 2005.

24.  “Use of Room Temperature Ionic Liquids as Solvent Media for the Treatment of Organic Contaminants from Sediments and Solid Matrices,” NOAA/UNH Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET), NOAA Grant Number: NA04NOS4190109, $ 25,000, May 1, 2004-December 31, 2005.

25.  “P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability focusing on People, Prosperity, and the Planet-Biotemplating of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles for the Green Production of Photochemically Active Catalysts: Synthesis, Characterization, and Photocatalytic Evaluation,” U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Grant Number SU831824, $10,000, Sep. 1, 2004-May 31, 2005.

26.  “Cobalt/Oxone Advanced Oxidation Process,” Du Pont De Nemours and Company, $22,000, Oct. 2003- Sep. 2004.

27.  “Use of Novel Hydrophobic Ionic Liquids for Extraction and in-situ Destruction of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons,” The Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET), $ 15,000, Jan. 1, 2002-Dec. 31, 2002.

28.  “Optimized Treatment of MTBE Contaminated Water Using Fenton’s Reagent,” U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Contract No. 68-C-00-159, Task Order No. 5., $ 21,000, April 2001-Nov. 2001.

29.  “Assessment of Effects of Risk Management Activities on the Speciation and Transport of Mercury in Aquatic Sediments,” U. S. EPA, Contract No. 68-C-00-159, Task Order No. 16 (D. D. Dionysiou, PI; George A. Sorial, Co-PI), $66,205, Effort 45%, Dec. 2001-Aug. 2001.

30.  “Preventing the Initiation of Biofouling of Membrane Bioreactors in Wastewater Treatment,” Water Resources Research Institute, Ohio State University Research Foundation, (D. B. Oerther, PI; D. D. Dionysiou and George A. Sorial, Co-PIs), $ 79,810, Effort 33%, Sep. 2002- Aug. 2003.

31.  The Use of Ionic Liquids for the Remediation of Wastewater Contaminated by Halogenated Organics,” National Science Foundation (through Tufts University), $150,000, Sep. 1, 2000-Aug. 31, 2002, (G. D. Botsaris, PI; D. D. Dionysiou and R.-Y. Qian, Co-PIs), (Ranked # 1 by the Reviewer Panel), Effort 33%. Note: Title of Subcontract from Tufts University: “Advanced Oxidation Technologies, $50,000).

International Projects

32.  “Water Detoxification Using Innovative vi-Nanocatalysts”, Seventh Framework Programme, European Union; Several Research groups in Europe are involved with Demokritos Research Center in Greece as lead (Dr. Polycarpos Falaras et al), ~1.7M Euros, June 2009-May 2012, D. D. Dionysiou is serving as the only International Collaborator outside of Europe. No direct funding is provided to Dr. Dionysiou but funds are available for research collaboration and specific student training in various laboratories in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and U.K.

33.  “NIREAS International Water Research Center”, (Dionysiou, Christodoulou, Fatta-Kassinos, Kostarelos, Papanastasiou), The Research Promotion Foundation’s Framework Programme, The Republic of Cyprus, ~1.4 M Euros, Infrastructure Proposal, June 2009-May 2013, Accepted for  Funding and currently in the process of negotiation as it has been a reduction in the original budget from $2.5 M to 1.4 M (as was the case from 33 to 50% reduction in all budgets of the nine centers approved) due to budget cuts resulted from the financial crisis. Dr. Dionysiou will not receive any direct funding in the US if the project is finally funded but funds will be provided to a post doctoral associate from Cyprus to work in Dr. Dionysiou’s group on Drinking water research for four years.

34.  “Synthesis of Visible-Light Functional TiO2-xNx Nanoparticles and Films and their Application for the Decomposition of Carbamide and Organophosphate-based  Pesticides in Water”; Scientific and Technological Cooperation between University of Patras, Greece, and the University of Cincinnati, USA; Funded by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology, International Science and Technology Directorate, Bilateral Relations Division, Ministry of Development, Hellenic Republic, (E. Stathatos, PI; D. D. Dionysiou, International Collaborator). 56,000 Euros, June 2007-Dec. 2008.

35.  “Evaluate the Efficiency of RTILs as Solvents to Regenerate Three-Way Catalytic Converters,” University of Cyprus, $ 12,119, July 2004-June 15, 2007.

Other Projects

36.  “Sustainable Environmental Nanotechnologies: Fundamentals, Applications, and Implications”, Center of Sustainable Urban Engineering (SUE) of the University of Cincinnati, (Dionysios D. Dionysiou, PI; George Sorial, Bill Connick, Pramod Kulkarni, Elias Stathatos, Erick Bandala, co-PIs) $20,000, October 1, 2007-Sep. 30, 2008.

37.  “Destruction of Microcystin-LR Cyanobacteria Toxin in Sources of Drinking Water Using UV-Based Advanced Oxidation Technologies,” University of Cincinnati Research Council, $ 5,000, May 2003-May 2004.

38.  “Innovative Method for the Generation of Hydroxyl Radicals to Oxidize and Eliminate Recalcitrant Organic Contaminants and Arsenic Species in Contaminated Water,” University of Cincinnati Research Council, $ 5,000, May 2001-May 2002.

39.  “Advanced Training for Learning State of the Art Instrumentation for Measuring Environmentally Hazardous Organic and Inorganic Contaminants in Water,” University of Cincinnati Faculty Development Council, (Dionysios D. Dionysiou, PI; George Sorial and Daniel B. Oerther, Co-PIs), $7,500, 33.3%, March 2001-March 2002.

40.  “Advanced Laboratory Series for Environmental Engineering and Science Education, Integrating Discipline-Based Labs in Cross-Cutting Education,” Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Jan. 2001, (D. B. Oerther, D. D. Dionysiou, George A. Sorial, Co-PIs), $ 24,000, Effort 33.3%.

Total Individual External Funding Received/Committed ((9/2000-9/2011):        $ > 3 M

Total Individual Internal Funding Received/Committed (9/2000-9/2011):          $ 40,490

Total Collaborative Funding Received/Committed (9/2000-9/2011):                   $ > 7 M