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Kevin T. Finneran

Kevin T. FinneranProfessorKevin Finneran
168 Rich Laboratory
342 Computer Court
Anderson, SC 29625-6510

312 Biosystems Research Complex (BRC)
105 Collings Street
Clemson, SC 29634

Ph.D. Microbiology, 2001, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
B.S. Environmental Sciences, 1996, Rutgers University

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Faculty Overview

Kevin is a professor of environmental engineering at Clemson University; he received his Ph.D. in microbiology in 2001 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a BS in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University in 1996.  He has also been a professor at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, and a consultant at Geosyntec.  His expertise is environmental remediation using combined microbial-chemical reactions.  He is a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which recognizes young researchers considered experts in their field.  He owns and operates Finneran Environmental, LLC, which support clients on the most difficult or problematic environmental remediation projects.   

Class Information

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

EES 2020 Environmental Engineering Fundamentals II
EES 4010
Environmental Engineering
EES 4370/6370
 Biodegradation and Bioremediation
EES 8510 Biological Principles in Environmental Engineering

Selected Publications

Deaver, J.A., Soni, M.N., Diviesti, K.I., Finneran, K.T., Shankar, V., Popat, S.C., 2021. Taxonomic and Functional Variations Induced by an Overloading Event in Anaerobic Codigestion of Municipal Wastewater Sludge with Fats, Oils, and Grease. ACS ES&T Eng. 1, 1205–1216. doi:10.1021/ACSESTENGG.1C00086

Kim, H.S., Lee, S.H., Jo, H.Y., Finneran, K.T., Kwon, M.J., 2021. Diversity and composition of soil Acidobacteria and Proteobacteria communities as a bacterial indicator of past land-use change from forest to farmland. Sci. Total Environ. 797, 148944. doi:10.1016/J.SCITOTENV.2021.148944

Haluska, A.A., Finneran, K.T., 2021. Increasing electron donor concentration does not accelerate complete microbial reductive dechlorination in contaminated sediment with native organic carbon. Biodegrad. 2021 325 32, 577–593. doi:10.1007/S10532-021-09953-Y

Popovic, J., Finneran, K.T., 2020. Enhancing xylose and glucose utilization as well as solvent production using a simplified three-electrode potentiostat system during Clostridium fermentation. J. Ind. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 2020 479 47, 889–895. doi:10.1007/S10295-020-02313-4

Deaver, J.A., Diviesti, K.I., Soni, M.N., Campbell, B.J., Finneran, K.T., Popat, S.C., 2020. Palmitic acid accumulation limits methane production in anaerobic co-digestion of fats, oils and grease with municipal wastewater sludge. Chem. Eng. J. 396, 125235.

Li, B., Pales, A.R., Clifford, H.M., Kupis, S., Hennessy, S., Liang, W.-Z., Moysey, S., Powell, B., Finneran, K.T.Darnault, C.J.G., 2018. Preferential flow in the vadose zone and interface dynamics: Impact of microbial exudates. J. Hydrol. 558, 72–89.doi:10.1016/J.JHYDROL.2017.12.065

Popovic, J. and K.T. Finneran, 2017, Electron shuttling to ferrihydrite selects for fermentative rather than Fe3+—reducing biomass in xylose—fed batch reactors derived from three different inoculum sources, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Early View, DOI: 10.1002/bit.26494

Popovic, J., Ye. X., Haluska, A., and K.T. Finneran, 2017, Increasing xylose consumption and butanol production with ferric iron and extracellular electron shuttling molecules during fermentation with Clostridium beijerinckii NCIMB 8052 and a novel, solventogenic Bacterium, Applied Microbiol Biotechnol, 101:8053-8061

Niedzwiecka, J.B., S.R. Drew, M.A. Schlautman, K.A. Millerick, E. Grubbs, N. Tharayil, and K.T. Finneran, 2017, Iron and Electron Shuttle Mediated (Bio)Degradation of 2,4-Dinitroanisole (DNAN), Environ Sci Technol, 51:10729-10735

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


Awards & Honors

Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), 2012

Speaker, German-American Frontiers of Sciences (GAFOS) Symposium, co-sponsored by the NAS and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AVHF)

University of Illinois Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, 2009 & 2010, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, All semesters Spring 2007 through Fall 2009 (graduate and undergraduate courses)

Best student paper award, Association for Environmental Health Sciences (AEHS) annual east coast conference on contaminated soil, sediment, and water, Amherst, MA, October 2007 (Student: Na Wei), and October 2009 (Student: Kay Dunnett)