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Dr. Michael D. Durham Ph.D., MBA

Dr. Michael Durham has been involved in the measurement and control of emissions from the coal-fired power industry for over 40 years.  He has presented and published over 200 technical papers and has been awarded 26 patents.

Awards and Recognition

University of Florida President Dr. Kent Fuchs and Dr. Michael Durham
  • In 2017, the University of Florida Announced the naming of the Michael Durham Director of the Engineering Innovation Institute.   “Students who come through the University of Florida’s Engineering Innovation Institute make headlines with successful startup companies, federally funded innovation fellowships, and recognition for the value of their entrepreneurial endeavors. Now, with the support of Distinguished Alumnus Michael Durham, the institute will expand its programs to reach all 10,000 students enrolled at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.”   In 2013,  Dr. Durham was recognized as Distinguished Alumni by the University of Florida.
  • In 2003, he was selected as an International Fellow by the Society for Electrostatic Precipitation.
  • In 2012, Dr. Durham was awarded the Air and Waste Management Association’s (AWMA) Frank Chambers Excellence in Air Pollution Control Award.  This award was established to recognize an individual for outstanding achievements during his career  in the science and art of air pollution control. It requires accomplishments of a technical nature on the part of the recipient that are considered to be a major contribution to the science and art of air pollution control, the merit of which has been widely recognized by persons in the field.
  • In 2003 Dr. Durham led a team that received an R&D 100 Award for mercury control technology.  This annual award by R&D Magazine honors the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year.
  • Awarded the 2001  J. Deane Sensenbaugh Environmental Technology Award by AWMA for his innovative chemical flue-gas conditioning technology that was developed to improve capture of flyash in ESPs.  The Sensenbaugh Award recognizes an outstanding achievement in the field of air pollution control which more effectively controls or treats pollutants and has been recognized and accepted in commercial status.

Technical Innovations in Air Pollution Measurement and Control

Particulate Control

Throughout his career in R&D, Dr. Durham made numerous advances in particulate control including technologies that improved equipment designs for Electrostatic Precipitators (ESPs) such as Patents (4,431,434 and 5,282,891) and the development, demonstration, and commercialization of new chemical compounds to control flyash resistivity to enhance particle capture in ESPs as described in patents (5,833,736; 5,855,649; 5,893,943; 6,267,802; 6,797,035; 8,992,637).

Mercury Measurement and Control

Dr. Durham led a team of the world’s top experts in mercury emissions that was responsible for the first commercial mercury control system on a coal-fired power plant and  pioneered technologies that ultimately were installed on over 80% of the nearly 1000 power plants in the US  to comply with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS).  Innovations include special sorbents to capture mercury described in patents (5,409,522; 7,361,209; 7,731,780; 8,034,163);  and chemicals that can be added to the coal to enhance capture of mercury described in patents (8,372,362; 9,238,782; 
8,124,036; 8,496,894; 8,293,196; 8,951,487; 9,352,275); as well as supporting technology to measure trace concentrations of mercury in flue gas, Patent 5,679,957.

Nitrogen Oxide Measurement and Control

Dr. Durham was instrumental in the development in three different technologies capable of reducing the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from coal fired boilers (e.g. Patents 8,845,986 and 9,238,782).  He also developed a commercial measurement system capable of measuring continuous emissions of NOx and ammonia in flue gas (Patents 5,070,246 and 5,272,345).

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