Environmental Chemistry

Current focus includes environment research pertaining to air, water, and soil pollution, remediation, and characterization. Pesticide breakdown and interactive products and the effects of population growth on previously undisturbed environments.

Ground Water

Environmental research pertaining to air, water, and soil pollution, remediation, and characterization. Pesticide breakdown and interactive products and the effects of population growth on previously undisturbed environments.

Purifying mercury-polluted water

Using tiny pieces of gold and the properties of light, scientists can now quickly and inexpensively detect even trace amounts of the pollutant. In the near future, this process can be used to create water filters and reclaim contaminated water.

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) Removal

From 1920-1970, PCBs were used to manufacture numerous items. In the 1970’s, PCBs were linked to environmental and medical problems and were discontinued. Today’s challenge is to safely remove them from the environment.

Bioremediation

Remediation of contaminants in soils, sediments, groundwater, and surface water through the enzymatic activities of microorganisms. Determination of the impact contaminants have on microbial populations and functions and the effects to overall ecosystems.