Environment & Energy

ARC has been performing research and technology development for the environmental cleanup of the U.S. Department of Energy nuclear weapons complex sites since 1995. ARC engineers, scientists and students apply specialized knowledge and skills in state-of-the-art research facilities to understand the underlying science and develop and deploy technology solutions to complex environmental challenges while training the environmental workforce of tomorrow. For energy research, ARC collaborates with FIU’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Education to develop R&D and support the growth of: the radiochemistry and health physics academic programs; and the FIU Nuclear Scholars and Nuclear Fellows programs for students.

Soil & Groundwater Remediation

Soil & Groundwater Remediation

Increasing concentrations of heavy metals and radionuclides in the global environment require a focus on contaminant fate, transport, and persistence...

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Water Resources

Water Resources

ARC’s water resources research is established to address key issues in hydrology at local and regional scales, primarily through the development...

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Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology is an integral part of many of FIU ARC’s research and development activities as an analysis tool,...

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Radiochemistry and Nuclear Power

Radiochemistry and Nuclear Power

Nuclear research and education was launched in 1990 at FIU.  Since 2014 FIU has developed a Radiochemistry PhD track...

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Deactivation & Decommissioning

Deactivation & Decommissioning

ARC has over 20 years of experience in performing research in the area of D&D of nuclear facilities, having participated in over 300 projects...

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Waste Processing

Waste Processing

The Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) has a mission to clean up the contaminated soils, groundwater, buildings, and...

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Green & Sustainable Technologies

Green & Sustainable Technologies

FIU is researching ways to improve technologies to use less electrical energy and natural resources in production and in operations while reducing...

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Specific focus areas of energy research at ARC include radiochemistry and nuclear power as well as green and sustainable technologies. Environmental research includes waste processing (high level radioactive waste), deactivation and decommissioning, water resources, soil and groundwater remediation, and geographic information systems. From soil and groundwater cleanup to the treatment and disposition of hazardous wastes to the decontamination and decommissioning of surplus nuclear and industrial facilities, ARC has pioneered innovative methods and technologies to ensure the protection of the public, workers, and the environment.

Featured Research and Projects

Environmental Remediation Science & Technology: Surface Water Modeling of Tims Branch

Environmental Remediation Science & Technology: Surface Water Modeling of Tims Branch

Sponsor - DOE This task involves hydrological modeling related to water, sediment, mercury and tin in Tims Branch at Savannah River...

Environmental Remediation Technologies: Sustainability Plan for the A/M Area Groundwater Remediation System

Environmental Remediation Technologies: Sustainability Plan for the A/M Area Groundwater Remediation System

Sponsor - DOE This task supports US DOE EM-13 in developing plans for improving active remediation systems to improve performance...

Waste and D&D Engineering and Technology Development: Enhancement of Fire Resiliency in Industry Fixatives

Waste and D&D Engineering and Technology Development: Enhancement of Fire Resiliency in Industry Fixatives

Sponsor - DOE-EM The objective for this research is to improve the operational performance of fixatives by enhancing their fire...

Rapid Deployment of Engineered Solutions to Environmental Problems: Investigation of Microbial-Meta-Autunite Interactions – Effect of Bicarbonate and Calcium

Rapid Deployment of Engineered Solutions to Environmental Problems: Investigation of Microbial-Meta-Autunite Interactions – Effect of Bicarbonate and Calcium

Sponsor - DOE FIU’s Applied Research Center (ARC) is supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site in developing a...

Chemical Process Alternatives for Radioactive Waste: Evaluation of FIU’s Solid-Liquid Interface Monitor (SLIM) for Estimating the Onset of Deep Sludge Gas Release Events

Chemical Process Alternatives for Radioactive Waste: Evaluation of FIU’s Solid-Liquid Interface Monitor (SLIM) for Estimating the Onset of Deep Sludge Gas Release Events

Sponsor - DOE The ability to monitor the interface between liquids containing suspended solids and settled solids in HLW tanks...

Environmental Remediation Science & Technology: Remediation Research and Technical Support for Savannah River Site

Environmental Remediation Science & Technology: Remediation Research and Technical Support for Savannah River Site

Sponsor - DOE FIU’s Applied Research Center (ARC) is supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in...

Environmental Remediation Science & Technology: Sequestering Uranium at the Hanford 200 Area Vadose Zone by In Situ Subsurface pH Manipulation Using NH3 Gas

Environmental Remediation Science & Technology: Sequestering Uranium at the Hanford 200 Area Vadose Zone by In Situ Subsurface pH Manipulation Using NH3 Gas

Sponsor - DOE FIU’s Applied Research Center (ARC) is supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site in developing...

Technology Development and Instrumentation Evaluation: Development of Inspection Tools for DST Primary Tanks

Technology Development and Instrumentation Evaluation: Development of Inspection Tools for DST Primary Tanks

Sponsor - DOE FIU’s Applied Research Center (ARC) is supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Site by developing...

Waste and D&D Engineering and Technology Development: FX2 Advanced Fogging Technology Testing and Evaluation

Waste and D&D Engineering and Technology Development: FX2 Advanced Fogging Technology Testing and Evaluation

Sponsor - DOE-EM The objective for this task was to test and evaluate the FX2 Advanced Fogging Technology, developed at INL, for...

Chemical Process Alternatives for Radioactive Waste: Evaluation of Nonmetallic Components in the Hanford Waste Transfer System (WTS)

Chemical Process Alternatives for Radioactive Waste: Evaluation of Nonmetallic Components in the Hanford Waste Transfer System (WTS)

Sponsor – DOE Nonmetallic materials are used in U.S. DOE’s Hanford Site Tank Farm WTS and include the inner primary hoses in...

Contact

Dr. Leonel Lagos
Director of Research
Applied Research Center at
Florida International University

10555 W. Flagler Street
Suite 2100
Miami, FL 33174
Tel: 305-348-1810
Fax: 305-348-1852
lagosl@fiu.edu