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Biofilters Conference

Viterbi School faculty brainstorm new technologies to reduce air pollution

October 19, 2004 —

Viterbi School of Engineering faculty are participating in the sixth international Conference on Biofiltration to address the development and use of biofilters and other state-of-the-art biological air pollution control technologies to keep the air clean.

Biofiltration system for wastewater treatment in Ojai, CA.

The conference, being held in Redondo Beach, Calif., Oct. 20-22, provides academic and industrial researchers, industrial and municipal customers, regulatory personnel, vendors and equipment manufacturers with updated information on emerging technologies, such as biofilters, that are used in air pollution treatment programs.  

“Biofilters are biological reactors that are used to capture and degrade air pollutants,” said conference organizer Joseph Devinny, a Viterbi School professor of civil and environmental engineering. “They are essentially large tanks filled with a porous medium, like soil or compost, on which a diverse wet biofilm of microorganisms grows.  When contaminated air is passed through the medium, contaminants are transferred to the biofilm, where they can be biologically degraded.”

Keynote addresses and panel discussions will address topics such as biofilter performance through modeling, process design and scale-up, remediation, odor control, biotrickling filters and bioscrubbing technologies, regulatory and economic issues. This year’s agenda features 35 presentations from from experts in the U.S., Canada, France, the Czech Republic, China, Korea and Mexico.

The conference is sponsored by USC, the university’s Center for Sustainable Cities and The Reynolds Group, an environmental consulting and contracting company specializing in biofiltration systems.  For conference information, visit http://biofilterconference.org.