We apply modern chemical research tools to study chemical mechanisms that underpin important environmental engineering processes, and we combine our knowledge of chemical principles together with sustainability science to develop innovative technologies to address some of society’s greatest environmental challenges, including the need to provide safe drinking water and renewable energy supplies for a growing population.

Current research projects include efforts to design innovative technologies to (1) remediate groundwater contaminated by persistent and toxic fluorochemicals (e.g., PFOS, PFOA) and oxyanions (e.g., nitrate and perchorate), (2) to convert wastewater streams into liquid fuels, fertilizer, and valuable chemicals through integrated biological-hydrothermal-catalytic processing schemes, and (3) to reduce the overall costs and life cycle environmental impacts of producing algae biofuels.  We also have ongoing research focused on identifying the major mechanisms controlling the persistence of organic micropollutants like pharmaceuticals and flame retardants that are released into aquatic and soil environments.

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