• NEW PAPER: “Reductive Defluorination of Perfluorooctanoic Acid by Zero-Valent Iron and Zinc: A DFT-Based Kinetic Model”
    Chemical Engineering Journal 2018, 335, 248-254
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  • NEW PAPER: "Synergistic Treatment of Mixed 1,4-Dioxane and Chlorinated Solvent Contaminations by Coupling Electrochemical Oxidation with Aerobic Biodegradation"
    Environmental Science & Technology 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b03134
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  • NEW PAPER: "Natural Attenuation of Nonionic Surfactants Used in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids: Degradation Rates, Pathways, and Mechanisms"
    Environmental Science & Technology 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b01539
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The Challenge
In the modern world, contaminants in sediments, soils, and groundwater have become a chronic global environmental and economic challenge. Well-educated professionals and novel solutions are needed to responsibly resolve the impacts of past, current, and future practices. Primary activities driving subsurface environmental concerns include energy, agriculture, manufacturing, defense, and pharmaceuticals. Furthermore, growing global use of groundwater for water supply, driven by population growth and climate change, is making responsible resolution of subsurface environmental issues all the more urgent.

Our Mission
Our mission is twofold. First, to provide the next generation of scientist and engineers with the fundamental intellectual skills needed to address current and future subsurface environmental challenges. Secondly, to work with our sponsors and colleagues to advance solutions that are more effective, lower cost, and more sustainable, than current options.

Our Approach
Educationally, our approach centers on first-principles interdisciplinary education, hands on experience, collaboration with leaders in our field, and promotion of well-rounded professional skills including communications.

Pillars of our research activities include: