Russ Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Director, Center for Electrochemical Engineering Research
Department of Chemical Engineering
Russ College of Engineering and Technology
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 iPod 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:
Botte's Media Placements include:
Demonstration of the Hydrogen Car
Areas of Expertise