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Gerardine "Gerri" Botte, Ph.D.

Russ Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Director, Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research

Department of Chemical Engineering
Russ College of Engineering and Technology

740-593-9670

botte@ohio.edu

Dr. Botte has received national and international attention for her waste water-to-hydrogen fuel research. Coined "pee power," Botte's work takes waste water - such as found on animal farms - and converts the substance into a hydrogen fuel by adding electrical current. The process converts ammonia and urea in waste water to hydrogen.

Using this technique, Botte has developed fuel cells with the ability to operate small electrical functions in vehicles, such as powering an I-pod or other electrical device.

In 2010, Botte launched her own company, E3 Clean Technologies, Inc., at the university's Innovation Center, to develop her latest technological invention - the "GreenBox." The device cleans commercial, municipal and agricultural waste water that contains ammonia and/or urea into hydrogen energy.

Designed to target the green energy market, the company also licensed a suite of electrochemical devices and technologies. In addition to making a significant contribution to global sustainability efforts, the initiative could create jobs in a range of fields, boosting the local economy.

In December 2010, Botte was named an individual finalist in the Environment category of the World Technology Awards in New York City and was named a Fellow of the World Technology Network in the Environment category.

Botte's Expertise at a Glance:

  • Use of urea electrolysis to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions
  • Industrial use of waste water to fuel energy - military, commercial construction, municipal waste water facilities and public and private farm operations
  • Ammonia disposal to meet better EPA regulations
  • How ammonia in waste water impacts surface water, air and ground water
  • Powering a home with hydrogen fuel cells
  • Prototype development for commercial use
  • Advanced batteries
  • Hydrogen production from coal and unconventional feedstocks
  • Synthesis of graphene and nanosheets

Botte's Media Placements include:

  • Discovery News
  • Rolling Stone magazine
  • New York Daily News
  • The Guardian
  • Los Angeles Weekly
  • CNN Money
  • Wired magazine
  • Scientific American
  • Toronto Sun
  • Calgary Sun
  • New Scientist
  • Business Day (South Africa)
  • Hindustan Times
  • Examiner
  • Times of India
  • Iran Daily
  • Ohio News Network
  • The Huffington Post online
  • KTAR-AM (AZ)
  • Broadcast coverage, on air and online, including: WBNS, WKRC, WTOC, WOUB, WHIO, WLWT and WNWO in Ohio; WTVT (FL); KRIV (TX); WJBK (MI); WRAZ (NC); KTBC (TX); WFLD (IL); KMSP (MN); WAGA (GA); WFXB (SC); WSAZ (WV); WPSD (KY); WBBH (FL); KSDK (MO); WMGT (GA); KARK (AR)l KITV (HI); WMTW (ME); KGTV (CA); WJAC (PA); KETV (NE); KMGH (CO); WLKY (KY); KPTV (OR); WDAM (MS); WFIE (IN); KIRO (WA); KHBS (AR); WNEM (MI); KFOX (TX); WYFF (SC); KVIA (TX); KRXI (NV); KERO (CA); WXII (NC); KPRC (TX); WGAL (PA); WFTV (FL); WHNS (SC); KSBW (CA); WDIV (MI); KSAT (TX); KOAT (NM); KRDO (CO); KTVZ (OR); KJCT (CO); WFMZ (PA); KXLY (WA); WSMV (TN); WESH (FL); KPHO (AZ); WFSB (CT); WLBZ (ME); WGCL (GA); KCTV (MO); WCSH (ME); WISC (WI); WSOC (NC); KTVU (CA)
Video

Demonstration of the Hydrogen Car

Areas of Expertise

Alternative Fuel, Biochemical Engineering, Biofuel, Hydrogen Fuel, Urine, Wastewater

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Media Contacts

Jennifer Krisch
Communications Specialist, External Communications
740.597.1939 
krisch@ohio.edu  

Katharine Quaranta
Communications Specialist, External Communications
740.593.0858 
quaranta@ohio.edu  

After hours on-call media specialist: 740.593.2200