BASF Sustainable Living Laboratory Opens On LSU Campus

April 12, 2017
Researchers there are working to develop a portable water filtration system using visible light from the sun to provide safe drinking water in developing countries where traditional energy-intensive disinfection methods are not feasible.

Kevin McPeak, Ph.D., associate professor at LSU, is the first researcher in residence selected for the BASF Sustainable Living Lab.

Louisiana State University officials join BASF executives to open the BASF Sustainable Living Laboratory on the LSU campus. The lab, which is reportedly the first-of-its-kind at LSU and in the Southeast region, promotes problem-based teaching and research focused on sustainable solutions to meet global challenges. As part of BASF's workforce development and science education efforts in the region, the lab is the result of a $1 million donation BASF made to LSU Foundation and the College of Engineering, first announced in 2014.

BASF’s support of LSU also includes a $100,000 donation to complete the new LSU Career Center, more than $20,000 in annual scholarships to College of Engineering students and annual summer internship opportunities. In addition, BASF is supporting LSU with several initiatives that focus on sustainability opportunities on campus for students, alumni and the general public.

The lab is housed in Patrick F. Taylor Hall, reportedly the largest freestanding academic building in Louisiana. BASF products were used throughout the construction of the lab, including ceiling tiles, flooring and wall paint. The lab also features a state-of-the-art communication system that enables virtual participation through webcasting technology.

Researchers chosen to reside in the BASF Sustainable Living Laboratory must meet several key criteria including research designed to meet sustainable solutions as defined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, independent funding for their research and a STEM educational outreach plan for the local schools and community. Kevin McPeak was selected in May 2016 as the first researcher in residence. He and his group of student researchers are working to develop a water disinfection system using visible light from the sun. This portable water filtration system has the potential to provide safe drinking water in developing countries where traditional energy-intensive disinfection methods are not feasible.

For more information visit: www.sustainability.basf.com

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