Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"DURI: Biowall research and commercialization"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2017 - DURI
Research area(s):
Indoor Air Quality, HVAC, Horticulture, Biochemistry, etc.
Project Description:
The Biowall is a plant-based filter that improves indoor air quality and has the potential for reducing energy use in modern energy efficient homes. It also has an intrinsic aesthetic that is appealing to people interested in sustainability. More information can be found at
Expected Student Contributions:
A pre-commercialization prototype of the biowall is installed in a research home close to the Purdue campus. There are a number of current research goals that include 1) optimizing the plants for performance and appearance, 2) improving systems and controls for lighting/airflow/watering, 3) data collection and modelling to better understand a biowall's impact on a home. This is a multidisciplinary project that would benefit from students with different technical backgrounds.
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Desired Qualifications:
sophomore or higher standing, interest in sustainability, ability to work safely in a hands-on work environment, and a GPA > 3
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 1 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Hutzel, William
School of Engineering Technology

Student Supervisor

Jacob Torres
Graduate Assistant

Cooperating Faculty

Mike Dana
Brandon Boor
Civil Engineering