Water quality

Argonne model analyzes water footprint of biofuelsJanuary 15, 2015

A new version of an online tool created by Argonne will help biofuels developers gain a detailed understanding of water consumption of various types of feedstocks, aiding development of sustainable fuels that will reduce impact on limited water resources.

Relations Between Biofilm Viscoelasticity and Biofouling Extent of Reverse Osmosis Membranes: Case Study of Cellulose in the EPS Matrix
This project aims to investigate, in a controlled manner, whether changes in the extracellular polymeric matrix (EPS) compartments will influence the biofilm-membrane relationship that is in charge for changes in permeate flux and salt rejection. A model component that was chosen to be investigated in the EPS matrix of the marine bacterium, Vibrio fischeri, is cellulose. We examine the effects of cellulose, contained in the EPS, on its coherence and viscoelastic properties.
Study in 'Science' finds missing piece of biogeochemical puzzle in aquifersMay 1, 2014

A study published today in Science magazine by researchers from Argonne may dramatically shift our understanding of the complex dance of microbes and minerals that takes place in aquifers deep underground. This dance affects groundwater quality, the fate of contaminants in the ground and the emerging science of carbon sequestration.


Freshwater consumption for electricity generation is projected to increase dramatically in the next couple of decades in the United States. The increased demand is likely to further strain freshwater resources in regions where water has already become scarce. The goal of this study is to provide a baseline assessment of freshwater use in electricity generation in the United States and at the state level.

Petroleum Oil

Examining water use in energy production by characterizing current consumptive water use in liquid fuel production


Effects of biofuel production on water resources at a spatial resolution and across the product’s life cycle