Research-Funded Projects

CURRENT AND PREVIOUS RESEARCH AND TEACHING GRANTS AND CONTRACTS


National Science Foundation


1.      “Collaborative Research:  Oxidative Elimination of Cyanotoxins by Ferrates (VI, V, and IV)”, (PI: Virender Sharma; co-PIs: Dionysios Dionysiou, Kevin O’Shea, Judy Westrick), National Science Foundation, $ 89,999 (Dionysiou share), 09/01/2012 to 08/31/2015; no cost extension until 08/31/2017. Effort: Academic 0.04. This is a collaborative proposal between Florida Institute of Technology, University of Cincinnati, Florida International University, and Lake Superior State University. The total grant is $ 401,982.


2.      “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.


3.      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, 9/1/2009-8/31/2011.


4.      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).


5.      “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.


6.      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.


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, $12,000, July 1, 2007-June 30, 2010; No-Cost extension, June 30, 2011.


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, 2006-June 30, 2007.


9.      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.


10.  “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.


11.  “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.      “An Environmental Friendly Systematic Strategy for Eliminating Red Tide Algal Cells and Toxins from Marine and Freshwater Sources (PIs: Dionysios D. Dionysiou, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA and Said M. El-Sheikh, Cairo, Egypt), USAID, Egypt-United States Joint Research Grants for Collaborative Research, $ 144,116 for US team and $120,000 for Egypt team (total: $ 264,116), expected 7/1/2016 to 6/30/2018, Location of Project: Cincinnati, Ohio and Cairo, Egypt, Person-Months Per Year Committed to the Project: 0.07 Acad.


2.      “Human and Ecological Health Impacts Associated with Water Reuse:  Engineered Systems for Removing Priority Emerging Contaminants”, (PI: S. Richardson, co-PIs: D. Dionysiou, D. Schlenk), Water Resources Research Institute, $ 250,000 (Dionysiou share: $ 83,329), 9/1/2015 to 8/31/2017, Location of Project: South Carolina, Ohio, California, Person-Months Per Year Committed to the Project. 0.3 Acad.


3.      “Optimization of Carbon Barriers for Effective Removal of the Dissolved Cyanotoxins from Ohio’s Fresh Water ((PI: S. Chae, co-PIs: D. Dionysiou, J. J. Lenhart), Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), $210,695 total funds, 03/01/2016 to 02/28/2018, Person-Months Per Year Committed to the Project: 0.07 Acad.


4.      “Kinetic Models for Oxidative Degradation of Cyanotoxins in Raw Drinking Water ((PI: A. A. MacKay, co-PIs: D. Dionysiou, S. Chae, Y. Chin), Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE), Total Award Amount: $254,306 (Dionysiou share: $54,475), 03/01/2016 to 02/28/2018, Person-Months Per Year Committed to the Project: 0.07 Acad.


5.      “Collaborative Research:  Oxidative Elimination of Cyanotoxins by Ferrates (VI, V, and IV)”, (PI: Virender Sharma; co-PIs: Dionysios Dionysiou, Kevin O’Shea, Judy Westrick), National Science Foundation, $ 89,999 (Dionysiou share), 09/01/2012 to 08/31/2015; no cost extension until 08/31/2016. Effort: Academic 0.04. This is a collaborative proposal between Florida Institute of Technology, University of Cincinnati, Florida International University, and Lake Superior State University. The total grant is $ 401,982.


6.      Evaluation of UV-LED-based Photochemical Process for the Removal of Cyanotoxins in Water from Ohio Freshwater Aquatic Systems, Ohio Sea Grant, $ 12,000, 09/01/2014 to 09/01/2015. Effort: Academic 1.37%.


7.      Development of a Carbon-based Biosensor for Monitoring Microcystins in Sources of Drinking Water Supplies, Ohio Sea Grant, $ 9,999, 5/1/2015 to 4/30/2016, Effort: Academic 1.37%.


8.      Treatment of Cyanotoxins by Advanced Oxidation Technologies, Ohio Sea Grant, $ 54,991, 03/18/2015 to 06/30/2017, Effort: Academic 1%.


9.      Direct-reading method for measurement of carbonaceous nanoaerosols, CDC/NIOSH (211-2013-M-56540); $109,500, 9/30/2013 to 9/29/2016, Effort: Academic 1%.


10.  Human and Ecological Health Impacts Associated with Water Reuse:  Engineered Systems for Removing Priority Emerging Contaminants (PI: S. Richardson, co-PIs: D. Dionysiou, D. Schlenk), Water Resources Research Institute, $ 250,000; 9/1/2015 to 8/31/2017; Effort: Academic 4%.


11.  “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).


12.  “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) 1/1/2011-6/30/2015. Summer 1.0 month.


13.  “Collaborative Research: Degradation Mechanism of Cyanotoxins Using Novel Visible Light-Activated Titania (TiO2) Photocatalysts”, (D. D. Dionysiou), National Science Foundation, $ 256,000, 09/01/2010 to 08/31/2013. Effort: Summer 0.5. This is a collaborative project 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.


14.  “Real-time Instrument for Multielemental Analysis of Aerosols”, CDC/NIOSH, $ 25,000, 09/30/2012-09/29/2013.


15.  “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.


16.  “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 9/30/2012 (with remaining amount of funding of $ 550,000), 2% Effort (Academic: 0.18 months).


17.  “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).


18.  “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.


19.  “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.


20.  “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.


21.  “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.


22.  “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.


23.  “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.


24.  “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.


25.  “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.


26.  “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.


27.  “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.


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


29.  “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.


30.  “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.


31.  “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.


32.  “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.


33.  “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.


34.  “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.


35.  “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.


36.  “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.


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


38.  “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.


39.  “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.


40.  “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.


41.  “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.


42.  “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


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


44.  “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, January 01, 2011-December 31, 2014; no cost extension until June 30, 2015.


45.  “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.


46.  “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


47.  “Point-of-Care Sensors for Biomarkers of Environmental and Personal Exposures”, (co-PI: D. D. Dionysiou, I. Paputsky, V. Shanov), University of Cincinnati, Strategic Collaborative Research Grant Program, $ 125,000, 7/1/2015 to 12/31/2016, Location of Project: Cincinnati, Ohio.


48.  “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.


49.  “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.


50.  “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.


51.  “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.


52.  “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 ((9/2000-9/2016):        $ > 3.67 M

Total Individual Internal Funding Received/Committed (9/2000-9/2016):          $ 82,490

Total Collaborative Funding Received/Committed (9/2000-9/2016):                   $ > 6.44 M




PENDING RESEARCH AND TEACHING PROPOSALS

Project/Proposal (Title): Bio-oil wastewater treatment and energy conversion via in-situ ultrasound accelerated advanced oxidation in a microbial electrochemical cell (PI: S. Chae; co-PI: D. D. Dionysiou)

Source of Support: NSF

Total Award Amount: $179,977

Total Award Period Covered: 05/01/16 - 04/30/19

Location of Project: Cincinnati, Ohio

Person-Months Per Year Committed to the Project: 0.07 (Acad)


Project Title: Self-sustainable House in Water, Energy, and Food (PI: C. Chae; Co-PIs: D. Dionysiou, M. Kupferle, O. D. Simmons, C. I. Torres)

Source of Support: NSF/USDA

Project Location: Cincinnati

Total Award Amount: $2,999,139

Project Period: 09/01/16 - 08/31/20

Person-months Per Year Committed to the Project: 0.07 (Acad), 0.03 (summer)