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Elizabeth Carraway

Elizabeth CarrawayAssociate Professor
Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
342 Computer Court, Anderson, SC 29625
864.656.5574 (preferred voicemail)
864.656.0672 FAX

Laboratory location:
Clemson Institute of Environmental Toxicology
509 Westinghouse Road
Pendleton, SC 29670
864.646.2277 FAX

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 1992-1994
Postdoctoral Fellow, Environmental Engineering Science, California Institute of Technology, 1990-1992
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Virginia, 1989
B.S. Chemistry, College of Charleston, 1981

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Faculty Overview

Dr. Carraway's primary teaching and research interests are environmental chemistry applied to engineered and natural systems. She regularly teaches courses in environmental analytical chemistry and introductory environmental science and periodically teaches courses on photochemistry and on environmental effects of nanomaterials. A common thread in Dr. Carraway’s research activities is the drive to understand nature through a chemist’s eyes – that is, by describing chemical behavior and transformations in the environment. In particular, recurrent themes are oxidation and reduction reactions requiring the interaction of both organic and inorganic species and, frequently, the input of photochemical energy. Past and present research projects include the reduction of contaminants such as chlorinated solvents to innocuous products by micro- and nano-sized zero-valent iron, the effects of complexation of metals (Cu2+, Hg2+) by humic materials on the metal’s toxicity, and the behavior of nanomaterials, including photochemically active semiconductor nanoparticles, in aqueous systems. Current projects emphasize the aquatic behavior of metal-based nanomaterials, the measurement of metal and organic contaminants in South Carolina, and redox reactions of metals assisted by electron shuttles such as metalloporphyrins. The tools needed to complete these studies often require modifications of and new approaches to analytical methods, therefore, good laboratory skills and creative thinking are highly valued. Ultimately, by identifying factors such as important reactants, products, and effects (e.g, adsorption, complexation, catalysis) on reaction rates, we hope to contribute to a better understanding of nature – contaminant remediation & transport, bioavailability & toxicity, and biogeochemical cycles – and to environmental protection, conservation, and restoration.

Class Information

For current syllabi, please search the Clemson University Syllabus Repository.

ENSP 2000 Introduction to Environmental Science
EES 4010/6010 Environmental Engineering
EES 8490 Environmental Chemistry Laboratory II
ENTX 8220 Analytical Toxicology Laboratory
EES 8830 Selected Topics: Environmental Photochemistry
EES 8830 Selected Topics: Nanotechnology – Environmental Benefits and Concerns

Selected Publications

Song, H., Carraway, E.R., “Catalytic hydrodechlorination of chlorinated ethenes by nanoscale zero-valent iron,” Appl. Cat. B: Environ. 78, 53-60 (2008).Song, H., Carraway, E.R., “Catalytic hydrodechlorination of chlorinated ethenes by nanoscale zero-valent iron,” Appl. Cat. B: Environ. 78, 53-60 (2008).

Lee, J.H., Carraway, E.R., Hur, J., Yim, S., and Schlautman, M.A., “Pyrene fluorescence in the presence of nonquenching and ynmaic quenching salting-out agents,” J. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chem. 185, 57-61 (2007).

Song, H., Carraway, E. R., “Reduction of chlorinated methanes by nano-sized zero-valent iron. Kinetics, pathways, and effect of reaction conditions,” Environ. Engin. Sci. 23, 272-84 (2006).

Lee, J.H., Je, J., Tartaglia, A., Hur, J., Schlautman, M.A., and Carraway, E.R., “Quantification of Cu2+ using 1,1'-oxalyldiimidazole chemiluminescence,” J. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chem. 182, 28-32 (2006).

Song, H., Carraway, E. R., “Reduction of chlorinated ethanes by nanosized zero-valent iron: Kinetics, pathways, and effects of reaction conditions,” Environ. Sci. Technol. 39, 6237-45 (2005).

Lee, J.H., Carraway, E.R., Schlautman, M.A., Yim, S., and Herbert, B.E., "Characterizing Pyrene-Ag+ Exciplex Formation in Aqueous and Ethanolic Solutions," J. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chem., 167, 141-8 (2004).

Zhu, D., Herbert, B.E., Schlautman, M.A., and Carraway, E.R., " Cation-pi Bonding: A New Perspective on the Sorption of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons to Hydrated Mineral Surfaces," J. Environ. Qual., 33, 1322-30 (2004).

Lee, J.H., Schlautman, M.A., Carraway, E.R., Yim, S., and Herbert, B.E., "Quantifying Ground State Complexes between Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and Ag+ in Dilute Aqueous Solution via Fluorescence Quenching," J. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chem., 163, 165-70 (2004).

Kim, Y.H. and Carraway, E.R., "Dechlorination of Chlorinated Phenols by Zero Valent Zinc," Environ. Technol., 24, 1455-63 (2003).

Scott, D.T., Runkel, R.L., McKnight, D.M., Voelker, B.M., Kimball, B.A., and Carraway, E.R., "Transport and Cycling of Iron and Hydrogen Peroxide in a Freshwater Stream: Influence of Organic Acids," Water Resources Research, 39, 1308-21 (2003).

Awards & Honors

Clemson University, Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence (2006)

National Science Foundation, Early CAREER Award (1999)