Environmental Chemistry and Technology
Offering MS and PhD degrees in four areas of specialization: aquatic chemistry, environmental technology, air pollution chemistry, or terrestrial chemistry


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The Water Science and Engineering Laboratory on the shores of Lake Mendota campus



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Marc Anderson

Anderson, Marc A. — Professor and Chair
Research interests include ceramic membranes, microporous ceramic materials, colloidal thin-film ceramics, colloid chemistry, catalysis, gas and liquid ceramic membrane separation processes, adsorption in aqueous systems, photocatalysis, photo-electro-chemistry, batteries, ultra-capacitors, and fuel cells sensors. Also Civil and Environmental Engineering, Materials Science Program.

Andren, Anders W. — Professor
Research interests include fresh and marine water chemistry, behavior and fate of chemicals in the environment, sediment remediation technology, industrial waste treatment technology, air-water transfer of chemicals, structure-activity relationships and environmental fate. Also Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program, UW Sea Grant Institute, UW Water Resources Institute.

Bleam, William F. — Professor
Research interests are the physical chemistry of organic and inorganic colloids in soils and sediments. Research relates primarily to humic chemistry (metal complexation, sorption of organics, microbial interactions) and sorption at mineral/water interfaces. Techniques involve a variety of physical methods: synchrotoron x-ray absorption spectroscopy (both soft and hard x-ray) and magnetic methods (electron paramagnetic resonance, solution and multidimensional nuclear magnetic resonance, magnetic susceptibility characterization). Also Soil Science.

Ginder-Vogel, Matthew — Assistant Professor
Ginder-Vogel’s research seeks to define the fundamental biogeochemical processes controlling the dynamics of nutrients and contaminants aqueous and near-surface environments. His research combines field-based experiments with simplified lab-based experiments to reveal the dominant biogeochemical mechanisms affecting element mobility in environmental systems. He uses traditional spectroscopy and microscopy methods, as well as state-of-the-art methods like synchrotron radiation-based X-ray microscopy, spectroscopy, and diffraction techniques. Also Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Hurley, James P. — Associate Professor and Director, Environmental Health Division, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene
Research interests include chemical limnology, mercury in the environment, natural organic matter, nutrient cycling in lakes and rivers, Great Lakes research, bioaccumulation of toxic contaminants, chemical interactions at the sediment-water interface. Also Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program, Freshwater and Marine Sciences, and Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.

Karthikeyan, K. G. — Associate Professor
Research interests include fate, removal, and transport of nutrients and contaminants in surface/subsurface environments, water quality chemistry, land application of agricultural/municipal/industrial waste, applications of GIS/water quality models, physical and chemical processes for water, wastewater, and waste treatment, and soil decontamination. Also Biological Systems Engineering.

McMahon, Katherine (Trina) — Associate Professor
My students and I study the microbial ecology of natural and engineered systems, with an emphasis on those that use microbes to remove pollutants from water. We use molecular tools to investigate microbial community structure and function in activated sludge, subsurface environments, and freshwater bodies. This information will ultimately lead to the construction of better mechanistic models to describe such processes as wastewater treatment, bioremediation, and nutrient cycling. Also Civil and Environmental Engineering, Freshwater and Marine Sciences.

Noguera,Daniel R. — Professor
Research interests include environmental engineering, biotechnology, microbial ecology, biological nutrient removal, biofilms, mathematical modeling, and biodegradation pathways, nitroaromatic compounds. Also Civil and Environmental Engineering, Biotechnology Training Program, Wisconsin Consortium for Applied Water Quality Research.

Pedersen, Joel A. — Professor
Research focuses on the behavior of organic toxicants in aquatic, soil and sediment systems with a particular emphasis on understanding the role played by natural organic matter in controlling their bioavailability, degradability and mobility. Major research interests include the elucidation of molecular mechanisms responsible for sequestration and time-dependent decline in bioavailability of sediment- and soil-associated contaminants and the interaction of humic substances with mineral surfaces. Also Soil Science, Molecular and Environmental Toxicology Center

Remucal, Christina R. - Assistant Professor
Photochemical processes in natural waters -- Metal redox cycling -- Reactive oxygen species production -- Contaminant transformation processes
Also Civil and Environmental Engineering, Freshwater and Marine Sciences, Aquatic Chemistry.

Roden, Eric E. — Albert and Alice Weeks Professor
Research interests include Biogeochemistry of aquatic environments, emphasizing in siturates of and controls on microbial metabolism in anaerobic soils and sediments; role of anaerobic microbial processes in geochemical cycling and energy flow in sedimentary systems; physiology and ecology of anaerobic respiratory bacteria; influence of anaerobic microbial processes on the mobility and fate of metals and organic contaminants in soils/surface sediments and groundwater aquifer sediments. Also Geology.

Root, Thatcher W. — Associate Professor
The principal theme of our research is developing an understanding on a microscopic level of reactions on surfaces and interactions at interfaces. Solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is emerging as a technique for examining adsorbates on surfaces, giving both structural information and kinetic parameters. Using it in conjunction with other catalyst characterization techniques, we have a powerful combination for attacking basic problems in surface chemistry. Also Chemical and Biological Engineering, Biotechnology Center, Materials Science Program

Schauer, James Jay — Professor
Research interests include air chemistry, environmental analysis, air quality modeling, measurement of atmospheric pollutants, measurement of air pollution source emissions, aerosol dynamics, development of air pollution control strategies, understanding the impact of air pollution on human health, the ecosystem, and global climate change. Also Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.

Emeritus Faculty

Please note Emeritus Faculty are not accepting new graduate students.

Armstrong, David E. — Professor Emeritus
Research interests include cycling of nutrient and trace elements, sediment-water interactions behavior, aquatic chemistry, ch emical limnology and fate of organic chemicals in lakes. Also Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program, Freshwater and Marine Sciences, Water Resources Management Program, Water Science and Engineering Laboratory.

Helmke, Phillip — Professor Emeritus
Research interests include concentrations and behavior of the chemical elements in the various phases and components of the so il-water-plant system and reaction pathways of the elements in this important bio-geochemical system, bio-availability and upt ake of elements by plants and to the behavior of elements added to soils from recycled wastes and contaminants and trace metal s and phosphorus. Also Soil Science.

Hill, Charles G., Jr. — John T. and Magdalen L. Sobota Professor Emeritus
Research interests include immobilized enzyme technology, kinetics and catalysis, membrane separations, photocatalysis, wood a dhesives, and new bleaching technology. Also Chemical and Biological Engineering, Food Science Biotechnology Center, Center for Dairy Research.

Sonzogni, William C. — Professor Emeritus
Research interests include fate and transport of toxic contaminants, analytical chemistry of pollutants, chemical limnology, a nd water resources management. Also Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program, Freshwater and Marine Sciences, Water Resources Management Program, Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.

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Environmental Chemistry and Technology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Madison, WI 53706-1481

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