Controlling Toxic Algae with Coal Combustion Products

Chin-Min Cheng
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering
The Ohio State University
Rahul Kumar, John Michael Wright, & Joseph Chiu
8th Grade Homeschool Students

7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012

This Science Café explores two seemingly unrelated environmental problems.

Dr. Chin-Min Cheng, a research associate in OSU's Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering, is a specialist on the environmental aspect of beneficially utilizing coal combustion products.

Rahul Kumar, John Michael Wright, and Joseph Chiu are middle school students who have investigated another environmental problem. Toxic blue green algae is killing fish, killing pets, sickening humans, and devastating water based economies in Ohio and around the world. These three students have conducted research on ways to alleviate that problem.

Kumar, Wright, and Chiu, with the assistance of Dr. Cheng, have been exploring the potential of using coal combustion products to resolve the issue of toxic algae growth in lakes. In this Science Café, we will learn separately of research on the environmental issues of coal combustion products, and research into the problem of toxic algae growth. And we will also learn how research in one area has aided research in the other.

Here is an audio recording of this science cafe in mp3 format.