BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Leaders of LSU and German chemical company, BASF, officially unveiled the sustainable living laboratory Thursday.
The new lab is located inside Patrick Taylor Hall, or the engineering building on LSU's campus. The purpose of the new lab is to research innovative solutions involving sustainability. Students are currently researching ways to disinfect water using visible light from the sun. Their goal is to provide safe drinking water where energy-intensive disinfection methods are not possible.
"One of the big things in research is actually having the space to be able to run the experiments and obviously have the space for the equipment and to just be able to run things without this fear that you're going to be too cramped or restricted in your research. It really frees us up to do a whole lot of things and also the exposure to the public outside and everything like that, it's really good drive because it kind of reminds you daily that you're working for people on the outside as well as the inside. It's not just an internal thing that we're doing here. We're really trying to reach out with our research and do something that affects people. That's what engineering is all about," said Daniel Willis, a first year PhD student at LSU.
"BASF has had an ongoing relationship with LSU and the investment in the BASF Sustainable Living Lab is a natural fit for us," said Tom Yura, senior vice president and general manager of BASF's site in Geismar. "The Lab promotes innovative research to achieve sustainable solutions, enhances science education for students of all levels, and helps foster workforce development opportunities in the Gulf Coast – all of which are at the core of BASF's mission to create chemistry for a sustainable future."
The Sustainable Living Laboratory features glass windows for the public to see LSU researchers at work.