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Congratulations to Jessica Denison!

Jessica DenisonShe has received a 2016 National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Jessica is a master’s degree candidate in the hydrogeology program and she has taught Geology 1030 and 2070.

These courses are taken by hundreds of Clemson undergraduates each year to fulfill the natural sciences requirement under General Education. Jessica was nominated for the award by Dr. Alan Coulson, a senior lecturer for the Geology program.

NAGT recognizes outstanding teaching assistants in geoscience education (http://nagt.org/nagt/students/ta.html). Both undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants are eligible for the award. In 2016, only nine awards have been given out thus far. Award winners receive a one year membership in NAGT. Congratulations Jessica!


Donaher Wins ACS Award

Brian Powell and Sarah DonaherSarah Donaher has been awarded the Division of Environmental Chemistry 2016 Undergraduate Award from the American Chemical Society (ACS). She will receive a one-year complimentary membership in the Environmental Chemistry Division of ACS. In the words of Peney Patton of the Division of Environmental Chemistry, “It was a pleasure to read about the accomplishments of such outstanding students. Thank you for inspiring and encouraging the next generation of environmental chemists and chemical engineers.” Donaher is a rising senior majoring in Environmental Engineering. She is conducting research with Dr. Brian Powell, who nominated her for this prestigious award. Donaher is assisting doctoral student Nathan Conroy with experiments examining radionuclide transport in the environment. She is working on a new experimental methodology for using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy to quantify concentrations of radioactive elements.
Congratulations Sarah!


Pope Wins Award

Rachel PopeEEES Graduate student Rachel Pope recently captured an award from The Innovations in Research Fuel Cycle competition sponsored by The Office of Fuel Cycle Technologies, a part of the Department of Energy. She won first place in the ‘Used Fuel Disposition’ category for her presentation given at the 251st meeting of ACS in March 2016. Her presentation topic was “Evaluation of Bentonite Engineered Barrier Performance Under Repository Conditions: Diffusion of Np(V) Through Montmorillonite.” The award includes a prize of $3000 and an opportunity to present at the American Nuclear Society's Winter 2016 Meeting in November. Rachel works with Dr. Brian Powell, the Fjeld Professor of Nuclear Environmental Engineering and Science. Her research is part of a major DOE project spearheaded by Dr. Powell that is testing underground storage methods for radioactive wastes on an intermediate scale in real-world conditions.

Congratulations to Rachel on receiving this nationally competitive award.


SC Environmental Conference

Partiban Raja, Michael Knapp and Erin Partlan at the SC Environmental conference
Left to right are Partiban Raja (an alum of our department who received his MS in environmental engineering a year or two ago; he now works for Jacobs), Michael Knapp (an undergraduate student in our environmental engineering program who is doing undergraduate research in Dr. Ladner's Creative Inquiry class, Kidney Stones and Water Quality), and Erin Partlan (a PhD student in environmental engineering in Dr. Ladner's research group studying activated carbon and membranes for organic contaminant removal).

The South Carolina Environmental conference is an event we attend each year where practitioners in water and wastewater treatment get together from around the state. This keeps us plugged in to the engineering community and allows student to build their professional networks as they begin their careers. The Environmental Jeopardy competition is a fun event where the students compete with the professionals answering questions about water and wastewater treatment practice. The student/alumni teams won this year and once before, mainly because they dominated on a series of pop-culture questions; the practitioners usually beat us handily on the practical questions! (We don’t get too many “academic” sorts of questions!)

More photos from this year's conference.


Karanfil selected as Fellow of the International Water Association

Dr. Tanju Karanfil has been selected as a Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA). Recognizing sustained outstanding contributions to the profession, IWA Fellows are nominated for their significant contributions as an engineer, educator, utility manager, regulator, researcher, engineer, scientist, or as a technical leader. This recognition is based on past contributions to the industry and IWA, and for the nominee's commitment to continued professional contributions in the future, including their active participation in IWA activities. Selection as an IWA Fellow is one of the highest achievements possible in the field of Environmental Engineering.

IWA is the premier international organization in the field of water quality and treatment. As a global network of water professionals, IWA seeks to engage and partner with anyone that is concerned about the future of water. The organization aims to connect people with a diversity of backgrounds to generate innovative solutions and new opportunities to tackle water challenges worldwide. The IWA pioneers science and furthers technological innovation. It believes that leading edge practices will come about when people from across the world, across sectors and across disciplines come together and take action. Dr. Karanfil’s selection as an IWA fellow indicates the high regard he is held in by the water treatment community. Congratulations Dr. Karanfil!
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Karanfil and Selbes win best paper award from the American Water Works Association

An article published by Dr. Tanju Karanfil and his former doctoral student, Meric Selbes, was selected by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) as the 2016 recipient of the AWWA Membrane Treatment Best Paper. The article is entitled Optimization of Coagulation Pretreatment Conditions in a Ceramic Membrane System. It was published in the December 2015 issue of Journal AWWA (Volume 107, issue 12, pages E693-E701). The co-authors on the paper are Amir Alansari (graduate research assistant) and James Amburgey (associate professor), both at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The purpose of this award from AWWA is to recognize and honor annually the authors of an outstanding advanced treatment of water paper published in the Journal AWWA from January through December of the previous year.

Dr. Selbes is currently an assistant engineer at Hazen and Sawyer in Fairfax, VA. Dr. Karanfil is the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences, as well as a Professor in EEES. He manages to maintain a very active research program on top of his duties as Associate Dean.

The research is noteworthy because membrane technology is becoming an increasingly common part of advanced water treatment practices. The economic viability of this approach relies on pretreating the water with less costly chemical techniques to remove as much of the impurities as possible before using a membrane. The authors investigated using aluminum sulfate and ferric chloride to pretreat water from a river and a lake. Results showed that optimal pretreatment conditions with aluminum sulfate reduced membrane total fouling rates by at least 80% relative to the control train. Optimal pretreatment with ferric chloride reduced membrane total fouling rates by 95% relative to the control train; however, the pretreatment conditions in which ferric chloride was effective were narrow compared with aluminum sulfate. AWWA recognized the important contribution this research makes to use of membranes for producing high quality drinking water at a reasonable cost. Congratulations to Dr. Karanfil and his co-authors.


Algae research seen as ‘paradigm shift’ in wastewater treatment

Using algae to treat wastewater could be an innovative way for small communities across the country to save energy and keep pollutants out of the environment, according to new research from Clemson University’s College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences.

Scientists have long known that algae can remove certain pollutants from water and be harvested to create biofuel, but the Clemson study was the first to find several other environmental benefits.

The Clemson team analyzed five wastewater treatment scenarios and the environmental impact of each. Ph.D. student Muriel Steele led the study under the advisement of David Ladner, an assistant professor of environmental engineering and Earth sciences.
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CU's chapter of Engineers Without Borders wins CU Organization of the Year 2015

The Clemson University chapter of Engineers Without Borders (CU-EWB), advised by Dr. Mark Schlautman, was awarded Clemson University Organization of the Year by ODK. ODK is a national honors society that places an emphasis on leadership, and the Clemson chapter each year gives out a number of awards. The one that CU-EWB received has the following description from ODK: “This award is the highest award an organization can receive. It goes to the organization that goes above and beyond in service, leadership, and academics. The organization that holds this award is the model organization, which all others strive to parallel. CU-EWB will receive $1,000 to continue their pursuit of excellence.”

Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) has the mission of building a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. EWB-USA’s vision is a world in which every community has the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs.

CU-EWB is a student chapter affiliated with EWB-USA. Active members in the chapter come from every engineering department at Clemson, as well as a few non-engineering programs. By participating in this service organization, Clemson University students help identify problems in developing countries and work throughout the academic year to develop sustainable solutions. Once the projects have been thoroughly planned and designed, a smaller team of students typically travels to the country to implement the projects. The CU-EWB student chapter has ongoing projects in Nicaragua and the Republic of Gambia, and it has completed previous projects in El Salvador and Liberia. Through Clemson's Creative Inquiry (CI) program, participating members have the option to receive class credit for their work.

CU-EWB is always in need of individuals in engineering, science, public health, agriculture, and other related fields to act as mentors or otherwise share their knowledge and skill sets with CU-EWB students. Although our students have the desire to assist communities in developing countries and improve their standard of living based on sustainable solutions, the fact of the matter is that many students have not had an opportunity to gain much practical, hands-on experience that is needed when working in developing countries. So CU-EWB can definitely use more help from Clemson alumni, faculty, and staff as well as people they may know.


Moysey Wins the 2015 Prince Award

Stephen Moysey was selected as the 2015 Philip Prince Award for Innovation in Teaching at Clemson University. Named after Clemson President Emeritus Philip Prince, this prestigious award recognizes professors who utilize and synthesize creative and unique teaching methods for their students. The award is accompanied with a $1000 stipend. According to Shannon E. Kay, Undergraduate Student Body President, Stephen was selected because of his novel teaching methods in the classroom, “. . . and the Student Government selection committee excitedly agreed upon you as being this year’s recipient.” Stephen received the award at the Faculty Convocation on August 18, 2015.


Powell Appointed to the Fjeld Professorship in Nuclear Environmental Science and Engineering

Dr. Brian Powell is the first recipient of the Robert A. and Pamela S. Fjeld Professorship in Nuclear Environmental Engineering and Science.  The professorship was established in 2015 in honor of Bob and Pam Fjeld.  Bob has been an esteemed faculty member in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences since 1980.  He held the Jerry E. and Harriett Calvert Dempsey Professorship of Waste Management from 1996 until he retired in 2009.  Bob’s research focused on the environmental aspects of nuclear technologies. He did pioneering work in the area of risk assessment and he is the lead author of a widely used textbook, Environmental Risk Analysis for Human Health.  Pam Fjeld served as the graduate student services coordinator in the Department from 1987 to 2003.  In many unique and special ways, she enriched the student experience.

Professorships help honor high-quality faculty members and serve as an enduring tribute to university supporters.  Dr. Powell’s appointment to the Fjeld professorship was an obvious choice.  Powell is currently overseeing a $5.25-million research project funded by the Department of Energy to find the safest ways of remediating the nation’s legacy nuclear waste sites and storing nuclear waste.  According to Powell, “We’ve brought together some of the state’s top minds to work on this. Researchers from Clemson, S.C. State and the University of South Carolina are involved. The goal is to advance the science behind environmental monitoring, remediation and disposal of radioactive contaminants.” 

Additional information is available at:  http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/professorship-draws-attention-to-nuclear-waste-research/?utm_source=feed


Molz Publishes Critical Commentary in Groundwater

Professor Fred Molz has published a commentary in the journal Groundwater (Vol. 53, No. 3, May-June 2015), entitled “Advection, Dispersion and Confusion.”  In the commentary, Molz address a core question in hydrogeology:  “What is the physical meaning and basis for the classical concept of macrodispersion, and how should one visualize contaminant transport in groundwater.”  This is a must read for anyone working in subsurface remediation.  A link to the article is at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gwat.12338/full.


American Water Works Association's First Place 2015 Academic Achievement Award

Dr. Meric Selbes has been selected to receive the American Water Works Association's First Place 2015 Academic Achievement Award for the best Doctoral Dissertation. The title of Dr. Selbes’ dissertation is “The Effects of Amine Structure, Chloramine Species and Oxidation Strategies on the Formation of N-nitrosodimethylamine.” The award (a plaque and $3,000) will be formally presented at the AWWA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California, held June 7-10, 2015. David LaFrance, Chief Executive Officer of AWWA, made the announcement. In a letter to Dr. Selbes, LaFrance stated: “Your work is a welcome addition to the water supply field and deserves special recognition. I wish you the best in your future endeavors and offer my personal regards and congratulations.” Dr. Selbes graduated in 2014 and is currently working at the environmental consulting firm of Hazen and Sawyer in Fairfax, Virginia.

Dr. Melbes was mentored by Dr. Tanju Karanfil. This is the third time that one of Dr. Karanfil’s students has won AWWA’s Academic Achievement Award for the best Doctoral Dissertation. Congratulations to Dr. Karanfil on this well-deserved recognition.

The Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences undergraduate department is continuing renovations on campus.

Undergraduate services and faculty offices for Environmental Engineering, Biosystems Engineering and Geology are all now located in Brackett Hall. If you are on campus, stop by 445 Brackett Hall to say hello to Cindy and Carol!


In May, 31 undergraduate students and 7 graduate students completed their degrees.

The undergraduate majors especially are thriving. Each degree, Environmental Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, and Geology programs are all emphasizing hands-on and experiential learning. The practical aspect of each major is drawing in students, and the department expects to have over 200 undergraduate students in the fall.

Hotzelt Wins Scholarship from the Environmental Research & Education Foundation

Nick HotzeltNicholas Hotzelt is the winner of a 2015 scholarship awarded by the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF).  Scholarships are awarded by EREF to recognize excellence in master’s, doctoral or post-doctoral waste management research and education.  Nick is an M.S. student working in Dr. Kevin Finneran’s lab investigating the conversion of landfill leachate to microbial biomass, which will then be used in anaerobic digesters to form methane.  This research advances the prospects of converting landfills to a source of renewable energy.  At most current landfills, the methane gas that is formed during the break down of organic waste leaks into the atmosphere and contributes to global warming.  The process that Nick is working on will turn a significant environmental problem into a renewable energy solution. 

EREF scholarships are highly selective.  Nick’s selection is a significant honor for him and brings recognition to Dr. Finneran and the Department.  Congratulations Nick!

For more information about EREF scholarships, please visit https://erefdn.org/scholarship-program/

Lee is permanent chair of the Department of Engineering and Science Education

Cindy Lee

Dr. Cindy Lee has accepted the position of permanent chair of the Department of Engineering and Science Education. Dr. Lee is an accomplished researcher and administrator having served in the past as the interim associate dean for graduate studies and research for the college.

Dr. Lee’s major teaching and research interests are in chemistry of environmentally significant organic compounds. Her specific research interests involve the fate and transport of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), especially polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs); pesticides; and petroleum. Cindy Lee is well known at the national stage, having served as a program manager for the National Science Foundation Environmental Sustainability Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board and most recently has won election to the board of directors for the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.

Fortunately for the Department, Dr. Lee will continue to teach courses and advise graduate students in EEES.

Molz to Serve as Keynote Speaker

Professor Fred Molz has been invited to serve as the keynote speaker at the Chapman Conference entitled “The MADE Challenge for Groundwater Transport in Highly Heterogeneous Aquifers: Insights from 30 Years of Modeling and Characterization at the Field Scale and Promising Future Directions.”  Chapman Conferences are sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and are designed to permit in-depth exploration of specialized subjects. The AGU Chapman Conference program has encouraged innovative research for over 35 years.  This Chapman Conference is designed to bring together a community of researchers who have conducted transport research at the field scale with those who are interested in aquifer characterization and solute transport modeling to: discuss insights gained from the last three decades of research, consider unresolved questions about aquifer characterization and modeling in highly heterogeneous aquifers, and identify promising avenues for future research in these areas.  Three decades of research on groundwater transport in highly heterogeneous aquifers, such as that at the Macrodispersion Experiment (MADE) site, has raised many questions about contaminant transport in highly heterogeneous media, the scale for characterization of subsurface heterogeneity, and the effectiveness of various models to predict transport in such systems.  Professor Molz will deliver his keynote address on "Geo-Statistical Property Modeling."  The conference will be held in Valencia, Spain (October 5-8, 2015).    More information is available at http://chapman.agu.org/aquifers/

Freedman Selected to Serve as Chair of EEES

Dean Anand Gramopadhye announced that Dr. David L. Freedman has been selected to serve as the Chair of EEES. Freedman succeeds Dr. Tanju Karanfil, who was appointed to the position of Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. Freedman served as the Interim Chair of EEES from January 2014 to March 2015, when his appointment as permanent chair started. Freedman has been at Clemson since 1996. His teaching and research interests are in the application of biological processes for waste remediation. Read More

David Freedman name Department Chair

Clemson University field experiments underway on nuclear-waste storage

A team of more than 20 researchers from across the state have begun running field experiments at Clemson University to find the best ways of storing nuclear waste. Experiments have been done on a small scale in labs, but a new outdoor site will allow researchers to test underground storage methods on an intermediate scale in real-world conditions, said Clemson associate professor Brian Powell. “If we can do that, then our confidence in these waste disposal scenarios will be much, much higher,” Powell said. “This stands to be a premiere test-site in the country.” Read More


The EEES department is excited to welcome two new faculty members in Biosystems Engineering in the fall. Drs. Christophe Darnault and Yi Zheng are exciting new additions to the program and we look forward to seeing their contribution to the growth of the programs.

Dr. Brian Powell has been awarded a DOE Early Career Research Program for the project "Examination of Actinide Chemistry at Solid-Water Interfaces to Support Advanced Actinide Separations." This is a $750,000, 5-year award from the DOE Office of Science, Heavy Element Chemistry program.

Student News

Kiekhaefer Selected for Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Becca Kiekhaefer, an M.S. candidate in the Hydrogeology program, was selected by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) as one of this year's winners of the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.  NAGT recognizes outstanding teaching assistants in geoscience education with up to 30 awards annually. Both undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants are eligible for the award. Award winners receive a one year membership in NAGT, which includes an online subscription to the Journal of Geoscience Education and the new In The Trenches quarterly magazine. More information may be found at http://nagt.org/nagt/students/ta.html.  Becca was nominated for the award by Dr. Alan Coulson, who supervises many of the teaching assistants for the BS degree in Geology.  Congratulations to Becca.

EEES doctoral student Mahmut Selim Ersan and his advisors (Professors David Ladner and Tanju Karanfil) were recently honored by having their research featured on the cover of the March 2015 issue of Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

The citation for the article and the cover are shown below. Congratulations on your excellent work.

Environmental Science & Technology Letters cover
Ersan, M.S.; Ladner, D.A.; Karanfil, T. "N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) Precursors Leach from Nanofiltration Membranes." Environmental Science & Technology Letters 2015, 2, 66-69.

We would like to extend a special CONGRATULATIONS to our recent graduates: Biosystems Engineering (BS) Austin Balser, Ethan Davies, Jessica Ketchum, Brendan Luther, Kaylynn Smalls, Chelsea Walker; (MS) David Morris; Environmental Engineering (BS) Stephen Culleton, Nicholas Hotzelt, Kyle Leland, Ian Rickard, Andrew Speake; (MS/PhD) Jonathan Ball, Satya Gubbala, Jin Guo, Richard Hall, Timothy Sattler, Minjie Zhou; Geology (BS) Kimberly Gloersen, Christopher Jackson.

Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Undergraduate Scholarship Announcement

The NERS Scholarship program will award top students from: Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Geology, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or a related discipline for participation in nuclear-related coursework and/or research. Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded in two installments – May 2015 and August 2015. Applications are due by 8:00pm on Friday April 24th. Please see the scholarship application for more information about eligibility and requirements. More Information

Recent Publications:

Alansari, A., Selbes, M., Karanfil, T., Amburgey, J., 2016. Removal of Disinfection By-Product Precursors Using Hybrid Coagulation-Ceramic Membrane Systems. J. Am. Water Works Assoc. 108, E513–E522. doi:10.5942/jawwa.2016.108.0140

Amaral, P., Partlan, E., Li, M., Lapolli, F., Mefford, O.T., Karanfil, T., Ladner, D.A., 2016. Superfine powdered activated carbon (S-PAC) coatings on microfiltration membranes: Effects of milling time on contaminant removal and flux. Water Res. 100, 429–438. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.05.034

Beita-Sandí, W., Ersan, M.S., Uzun, H., Karanfil, T., 2016. Removal of N-nitrosodimethylamine precursors with powdered activated carbon adsorption. Water Res. 88, 711–718. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2015.10.062

Bliznyuk, V.N., Seliman, A.F., Ishchenko, A.A., Derevyanko, N.A., DeVol, T.A., 2016. New Efficient Organic Scintillators Derived from Pyrazoline. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 8, 12843–12851. doi:10.1021/acsami.6b02719

Cates, E.L., Li, F., 2016. Balancing intermediate state decay rates for efficient Pr3+ visible-to-UVC upconversion: The case of β-Y2Si2O7:Pr3+. RSC Adv. 6, 22791–22796. doi:10.1039/c6ra01121g

Chapman, M.G., Walker, R.C., Schmitt, J.M., McPherson, C.L., Ameena, F., Kucera, C.J., Quarles, C.A., DeVol, T.A., Ballato, J., Jacobsohn, L.G., 2016. Effects of Sintering Temperature on Open-Volume Defects and Thermoluminescence of Yttria and Lutetia Ceramics. J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 99, 1449–1454. doi:10.1111/jace.14119

Choi, J.W., Germanovich, L.N., Murdoch, L.C., Castle, J.W., 2016. Pressure transients to characterize cavities dissolved for natural gas storage. J. Nat. Gas Sci. Eng. 33, 611–623. doi:10.1016/j.jngse.2016.03.082

Dang, V.D., Walters, D.M., Lee, C.M., 2016. Assessing atmospheric concentration of polychlorinated biphenyls by evergreen Rhododendron maximum next to a contaminated stream. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 35, 2192–2198. doi:10.1002/etc.3404

Dulger, M., Sakallioglu, T., Temizel, I., Demirel, B., Copty, N.K., Onay, T.T., Uyguner-Demirel, C.S., Karanfil, T., 2016. Leaching potential of nano-scale titanium dioxide in fresh municipal solid waste. Chemosphere 144, 1567–1572. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.10.037

Duval, C.E., DeVol, T.A., Husson, S.M., 2016. Evaluation of resin radius and column diameter for the implementation of extractive scintillating resin in flow-cell detectors. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 307, 2253–2258. doi:10.1007/s10967-015-4494-6

Duval, C.E., DeVol, T.A., Wade, E.C., Seliman, A.F., Bliznyuk, V.N., Husson, S.M., 2016. Stability of polymeric scintillating resins developed for ultra-trace level detection of alpha- and beta-emitting radionuclides. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 310, 583–588. doi:10.1007/s10967-016-4913-3

Emerson, H.P., Hickok, K.A., Powell, B.A., 2016. Experimental evidence for ternary colloid-facilitated transport of Th(IV) with hematite (α-Fe2O3) colloids and Suwannee River fulvic acid. J. Environ. Radioact. 165, 168–181. doi:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2016.10.001

Ersan, G., Apul, O.G., Karanfil, T., 2016. Linear solvation energy relationships (LSER) for adsorption of organic compounds by carbon nanotubes. Water Res. 98, 28–38. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.03.067

Ersan, G., Kaya, Y., Apul, O.G., Karanfil, T., 2016. Adsorption of organic contaminants by graphene nanosheets, carbon nanotubes and granular activated carbons under natural organic matter preloading conditions. Sci. Total Environ. 565, 811–817. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.03.224

Ersan, M.S., Ladner, D.A., Karanfil, T., 2016. The control of N-nitrosodimethylamine, Halonitromethane, and Trihalomethane precursors by Nanofiltration. Water Res. 105, 274–281. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.08.065

G, B.U., Snee, P.T., Li, C., Darnault, C.J.G., 2016. Quantitative Imaging and In Situ Concentration Measurements of Quantum Dot Nanomaterials in Variably Saturated Porous Media. J. Nanomater. 2016.

Gillens, A.R., Powell, B.A., 2016. A novel technique for the rapid determination of tributyl phosphate degradation from alkaline hydrolysis in aqueous and organic phases using FTIR–ATR and verification of this technique by gas chromatography. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 307, 1891–1899. doi:10.1007/s10967-015-4434-5

Green, L.Y., Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., Darnault, C.C.J.G., Bridges, W.C., Schlautman, M.A., 2016. A cloud-based spatial-temporal inventory for sustainable urban soil management. Urban Ecosyst. 19, 811–822. doi:10.1007/s11252-015-0512-2

Hall, R., Murdoch, L., Falta, R., Looney, B., Riha, B., 2016. Evaluation of liquid aerosol transport through porous media. J. Contam. Hydrol. 190, 15–28. doi:10.1016/j.jconhyd.2016.03.003

Hao, N., Moysey, S.M.J., Powell, B.A., Ntarlagiannis, D., 2016. Comparison of the surface ion density of silica gel evaluated via spectral induced polarization versus acid–base titration. J. Appl. Geophys. 135, 427–435. doi:10.1016/j.jappgeo.2016.01.014

Harb, M., Wei, C.-H., Wang, N., Amy, G., Hong, P.-Y., 2016. Organic micropollutants in aerobic and anaerobic membrane bioreactors: Changes in microbial communities and gene expression. Bioresour. Technol. 218, 882–891. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2016.07.036

He, W., Chen, M., Schlautman, M.A., Hur, J., 2016. Dynamic exchanges between DOM and POM pools in coastal and inland aquatic ecosystems: A review. Sci. Total Environ. 551, 415–428. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.02.031

Johnson, T.A., Rehak, E.A., Sahu, S.P., Ladner, D.A., Cates, E.L., 2016. Bacteria Inactivation via X-ray-Induced UVC Radioluminescence: Toward in Situ Biofouling Prevention in Membrane Modules. Environ. Sci. Technol. 50, 11912–11921. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b04239

Ki, D., Popat, S.C., Torres, C.I., 2016. Reduced overpotentials in microbial electrolysis cells through improved design, operation, and electrochemical characterization. Chem. Eng. J. 287, 181–188. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2015.11.022

Kim, Y.-D., Thu, K., Ng, K.C., Amy, G.L., Ghaffour, N., 2016. A novel integrated thermal-/membrane-based solar energy-driven hybrid desalination system: Concept description and simulation results. Water Res. 100, 7–19. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.05.002

King, C.W., Carbajales-Dale, M., 2016. Food–energy–water metrics across scales: project to system level. J. Environ. Stud. Sci. 6, 39–49. doi:10.1007/s13412-016-0390-9

Kinley, C.M., Gaspari, D.P., McQueen, A.D., Rodgers, J.H., Castle, J.W., Friesen, V., Haakensen, M., 2016. Effects of environmental conditions on aerobic degradation of a commercial naphthenic acid. Chemosphere 161, 491–500. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.07.050

Krasner, S.W., Lee, T.C.F., Westerhoff, P., Fischer, N., Hanigan, D., Karanfil, T., Beita-Sandí, W., Taylor-Edmonds, L., Andrews, R.C., 2016. Granular Activated Carbon Treatment May Result in Higher Predicted Genotoxicity in the Presence of Bromide. Environ. Sci. Technol. 50, 9583–9591. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b02508

Lepak, G.S., Moser, B.R., Bakota, E.L., Sharp, J., Thornton, C.D., Walker, T., 2016. Improved oxidative stability of biodiesel via alternative processing methods using cottonseed oil. Int. J. Sustain. Eng. 1–10. doi:10.1080/19397038.2016.1250839

Li, S., Lee, S.-T., Sinha, S., Leiknes, T., Amy, G.L., Ghaffour, N., 2016. Transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) removal efficiency by a combination of coagulation and ultrafiltration to minimize SWRO membrane fouling. Water Res. 102, 485–493. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.06.055

Linares, R.V., Li, Z., Yangali-Quintanilla, V., Li, Q., Vrouwenvelder, J.S., Amy, G.L., Ghaffour, N., 2016. Hybrid SBR–FO system for wastewater treatment and reuse: Operation, fouling and cleaning. Desalination 393, 31–38. doi:10.1016/j.desal.2016.03.015

Liu, Q., Qiu, G., Zhou, Z., Li, J., Amy, G.L., Xie, J., Lee, J.Y., 2016. An Effective Design of Electrically Conducting Thin-Film Composite (TFC) Membranes for Bio and Organic Fouling Control in Forward Osmosis (FO). Environ. Sci. Technol. 50, 10596–10605. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b03402

Locklair, W.D., Mannion, J.M., Husson, S.M., Powell, B.A., 2016. Uptake of plutonium on a novel thin film for use in spectrometry. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 307, 2333–2338. doi:10.1007/s10967-015-4493-7

Lusk, B.G., Parameswaran, P., Popat, S.C., Rittmann, B.E., Torres, C.I., 2016. The effect of pH and buffer concentration on anode biofilms of Thermincola ferriacetica. Bioelectrochemistry 112, 47–52. doi:10.1016/j.bioelechem.2016.07.007

Mannion, J.M., Locklair, W.D., Powell, B.A., Husson, S.M., 2016. Alpha spectroscopy substrates based on thin polymer films. J. Radioanal. Nucl. Chem. 307, 2339–2345. doi:10.1007/s10967-015-4498-2

Martinez, N., Wueste, D., 2016. Balancing theory and practicality: engaging non-ethicists in ethical decision making related to radiological protection. J. Radiol. Prot. 36, 832–841. doi:10.1088/0952-4746/36/4/832

Martinez, N.E., Johnson, T.E., Pinder, J.E., 2016. Application of computational models to estimate organ radiation dose in rainbow trout from uptake of molybdenum-99 with comparison to iodine-131. J. Environ. Radioact. 151, 468–479. doi:10.1016/j.jenvrad.2015.05.021

McQueen, A.D., Kinley, C.M., Kiekhaefer, R.L., Calomeni, A.J., Rodgers, J.H., Castle, J.W., 2016. Photocatalysis of a commercial naphthenic acid in water using fixed-film TiO2. Water. Air. Soil Pollut. 227. doi:10.1007/s11270-016-2835-x

Mikhailova, E.A., Altememe, A.H., Bawazir, A.A., Chandler, R.D., Cope, M.P., Post, C.J., Stiglitz, R.Y., Zurqani, H.A., Schlautman, M.A., 2016. Comparing soil carbon estimates in glaciated soils at a farm scale using geospatial analysis of field and SSURGO data. Geoderma 281, 119–126. doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2016.06.029

Millerick, K.A., Johnston, J.T., Finneran, K.T., 2016. Photobiological transformation of hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) using Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Chemosphere 159, 138–144. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.05.056

Moor, K.J., Cates, E.L., Kim, J.H., 2016. Porous Silicons Photoactivity in Water: Insights into Environmental Fate. Environ. Sci. Technol. 50, 756–764. doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b05183

Murphy, D., Carbajales-Dale, M., Moeller, D., 2016. Comparing Apples to Apples: Why the Net Energy Analysis Community Needs to Adopt the Life-Cycle Analysis Framework. Energies 9, 917. doi:10.3390/en9110917

Olmez, G.M., Dilek, F.B., Karanfil, T., Yetis, U., 2016. The environmental impacts of iron and steel industry: a life cycle assessment study. J. Clean. Prod. 130, 195–201. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.09.139

Overcamp, T.J., 2016. An Exact Solution for the Ground-level Gamma Dose Rate from a Spherical Gaussian Puff. Health Phys. 111, 403–409. doi:10.1097/HP.0000000000000567

Partlan, E., Davis, K., Ren, Y., Apul, O.G., Mefford, O.T., Karanfil, T., Ladner, D.A., 2016. Effect of bead milling on chemical and physical characteristics of activated carbons pulverized to superfine sizes. Water Res. 89, 161–170. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2015.11.041

Peng, Z., Tian, F., Hu, H., Zhao, S., Tie, Q., Sheng, H., Darnault, C., Lu, H., 2016. Spatial variability of soil moisture in a forest catchment: Temporal trend and contributors. Forests 7, 1–19. doi:10.3390/f7080154

Popat, S.C., Torres, C.I., 2016. Critical transport rates that limit the performance of microbial electrochemistry technologies. Bioresour. Technol. 215, 265–273. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2016.04.136

Sakallioglu, T., Bakirdoven, M., Temizel, I., Demirel, B., Copty, N.K., Onay, T.T., Uyguner Demirel, C.S., Karanfil, T., 2016. Leaching of nano-ZnO in municipal solid waste. J. Hazard. Mater. 317, 319–326. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2016.05.094

Salifu, A., Petrusevski, B., Mwampashi, E.S., Pazi, I.A., Ghebremichael, K., Buamah, R., Aubry, C., Amy, G.L., Kenedy, M.D., 2016. Defluoridation of groundwater using aluminum-coated bauxite: Optimization of synthesis process conditions and equilibrium study. J. Environ. Manage. 181, 108–117. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.06.011

Selbes, M., Amburgey, J., Peeler, C., Alansari, A., Karanfil, T., 2016. Evaluation of Seasonal Performance of Conventional and Phosphate-Amended Biofilters. J. Am. Water Works Assoc. 108, E523–E532. doi:10.5942/jawwa.2016.108.0151

Sosa-Hernández, O., Popat, S.C., Parameswaran, P., Alemán-Nava, G.S., Torres, C.I., Buitrón, G., Parra-Saldívar, R., 2016. Application of microbial electrolysis cells to treat spent yeast from an alcoholic fermentation. Bioresour. Technol. 200, 342–349. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2015.10.053

Stiglitz, R., Mikhailova, E., Post, C., Schlautman, M., Sharp, J., 2016. Evaluation of an inexpensive sensor to measure soil color. Comput. Electron. Agric. 121, 141–148. doi:10.1016/j.compag.2015.11.014

Stiglitz, R.Y., Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., Schlautman, M.A., Sharp, J.L., 2016. Teaching Soil Color Determination Using an Inexpensive Color Sensor. Nat. Sci. Educ. 45, 0. doi:10.4195/nse2016.03.0005

Taylor, S.D., Powell, B.A., Becker, U., 2016. Influence of the goethite (α-FeOOH) surface on the stability of distorted PuO2 and PuO2–x phases. Radiochim. Acta 104, 821–841. doi:10.1515/ract-2015-2515

Uwamariya, V., Petrusevski, B., Lens, P.N.L., Amy, G.L., 2016. Effect of pH and Calcium on the Adsorptive Removal of Cadmium and Copper by Iron Oxide–Coated Sand and Granular Ferric Hydroxide. J. Environ. Eng. 142, C4015015. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001009

Uyuşur, B., Snee, P.T., Li, C., Darnault, C.J.G., Darnault, C.J.G., 2016. Quantitative Imaging and In Situ Concentration Measurements of Quantum Dot Nanomaterials in Variably Saturated Porous Media. J. Nanomater. 2016, 1–10. doi:10.1155/2016/8237029

Wang, J.-J., Dahlgren, R.A., Erşan, M.S., Karanfil, T., Chow, A.T., 2016. Temporal variations of disinfection byproduct precursors in wildfire detritus. Water Res. 99, 66–73. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.04.030

Watson, M.K., Drapcho, C.M., 2016. Kinetics of Inorganic Carbon-Limited Freshwater Algal Growth at High pH. Trans. ASABE 59, 1633–1643. doi:10.13031/trans.59.11520

Wei, C.-H., Hoppe-Jones, C., Amy, G., Leiknes, T., 2016. Organic micro-pollutants’ removal via anaerobic membrane bioreactor with ultrafiltration and nanofiltration. J. Water Reuse Desalin. 6.

Wylie, E.M., Olive, D.T., Powell, B.A., 2016. Effects of Titanium Doping in Titanomagnetite on Neptunium Sorption and Speciation. Environ. Sci. Technol. 50, 1853–1858. doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b05339

Xiao, R., Zheng, Y., 2016. Overview of microalgal extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and their applications. Biotechnol. Adv. 34, 1225–1244. doi:10.1016/j.biotechadv.2016.08.004

Xie, Y., Helvenston, E.M., Shuller-Nickles, L.C., Powell, B.A., 2016. Surface Complexation Modeling of Eu(III) and U(VI) Interactions with Graphene Oxide. Environ. Sci. Technol. 50, 1821–1827. doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b05307

Xu, Y., Feygenson, M., Page, K., Nickles, L.S., Brinkman, K.S., Vanderah, T., 2016. Structural Evolution in Hollandite Solid Solutions Across the A-Site Compositional Range from Ba1.33Ga2.66Ti5.34O16 to Cs1.33Ga1.33Ti6.67O16. J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 99, 4100–4106. doi:10.1111/jace.14443

Xu, Y., Grote, R., Wen, Y., Shuller-Nckles, L., Brinkman, K.S., Pfeifer, T., Matyáš, J., Balaya, P., Singh, D., Wei, J., 2016. Development of Ga Doped Hollandites Ba x Cs y (Ga 2x+y Ti 8-2x-y )O 6 for Cs Immobilization, in: Ceramics for Energy Conversion, Storage, and Distribution Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA, pp. 157–164. doi:10.1002/9781119234531.ch14

Xu, Y., Wen, Y., Grote, R., Amoroso, J., Nickles, L.S., Brinkman, K.S., 2016. A-site compositional effects in Ga-doped hollandite materials of the form Ba x Cs y Ga 2x + y Ti 8 − 2x − y O 16 : implications for Cs immobilization in crystalline ceramic waste forms. Nat. Publ. Gr. 6, 1–8. doi:10.1038/srep27412

Yun, S.W., Park, C.G., Jeon, J.H., Darnault, C.J.G., Baveye, P.C., Yu, C., 2016. Dissolution behavior of As and Cd in submerged paddy soil after treatment with stabilizing agents. Geoderma 270, 10–20. doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2015.11.036

Zeng, T., Glover, C.M., Marti, E.J., Woods-Chabane, G.C., Karanfil, T., Mitch, W.A., Dickenson, E.R. V., 2016. Relative Importance of Different Water Categories as Sources of N -Nitrosamine Precursors. Environ. Sci. Technol. 50, 13239–13248. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b04650

Zheng, Y., Xiao, R., Roberts, M., 2016. Polymer-enhanced enzymatic microalgal cell disruption for lipid and sugar recovery. Algal Res. 14, 100–108. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2016.01.010

Zheng, Y., Zhang, R., Pan, Z., 2016. Investigation of adsorption kinetics and isotherm of cellulase and β-glucosidase on lignocellulosic substrates. Biomass and Bioenergy 91, 1–9. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.04.014

Ladner, D.A.; Bolyard S.C.; Apul, D.; Whelton, A.J. "Navigating the academic job search for environmental engineers: Guidance for job seekers and mentors." Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice 2013, 139, 211-217.

Yu, R., Peethambaram, H. S. Falta, R. W., Verce, M. F., Henderson, J. K., Bagwell, C. E., Brigmon, R. L., and Freedman, D. L.  “Kinetics of 1,2-Dichloroethane and 1,2-Dibromoethane Biodegradation in Anaerobic Enrichment Cultures.”  Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 79(4), 1359-1367 (2013). doi: 10.1128/AEM.02163-12. 

Darlington, R., Lehmicke, L., Andrachek, R. G., and Freedman, D. L.  “Anaerobic Abiotic Transformations of cis-1,2-Dichloroethene in Fractured Sandstone.”  Chemosphere, 90, 2226–2232 (2013) doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.09.084.

Hixon, A.E.; Arai, Y.; Powell, B.A., “Examination of the effect of alpha radiolysis of plutonium(V) sorption to quartz using multiple plutonium isotopes,” Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2013, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2013.04.007.

Fein, J. and Powell, B. A., “Uranium adsorption: Speciation at Mineral-Water and bacterial cell-water interfaces”. Chapter 5 in Uranium: Cradle to Grave (Eds. Peter C. Burns, Ginger E. Sigmon) Mineralogical Association of Canada, 2013.

Dang, V. D.; Lee, C. M.; and Walters, D. M. 2013. “Assessing Ongoing Sources of Dissolved Phase Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in a Contaminated Stream.” Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 32(3):535-540.

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Congrats to BE alumni Josh Oden (BS, '11) on his marriage to Sara Coleman on June 29th, 2013!
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