Portrait of Avery Demond

Avery Demond

Emeritus Professor


120 EWRE

1351 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125


(734) 763-3708


  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1988
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1982
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1980
  • B.A., Biology, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, 1977

Research Interests

Dr. Demond’s research focuses on the physico-chemical aspects of movement and removal of organic contaminants from subsurface soils, in particular the change in soil properties due to contamination and remediation. Projects have included the assessment of exposure to soil contamination in vicinity of Dow Chemical in Midland, MI, evaluation of iron sulfide for use in permeable reactive barriers for the remediation of groundwater, impact of organic compound chemistry on subsurface transport, changes in the wettability of soil due to contact with waste, impact of municipal landfill leachate composition on clay properties, and reduction of permeability during surfactant-enhanced aquifer remediation. As part of her service activities, she served as a coordinator of DOE’s Subsurface Science Program’s Multiphase Fluid Flow Subprogram for five years, as well as an Associate Editor for Environmental Engineering Science. Furthermore, she has served on a number of National Research Council boards and committees, including the Board on Engineering Education and the Committee for the Review of DOE’s Environmental Restoration Priority System. She is a professional engineer, licensed in the State of Michigan, and also maintains Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response certification.


  • Neitzel, R., S. Sayler, A. Demond, H. d’Arcy, D. Garabrant, and A. Franzblau, 2020, “Measurement of Asbestos Emissions Associated with Demolition of Abandoned Residential Dwellings,” Science of the Total Environment, 722 (2020), 137891.
  • Otero-Diaz, M., B. Woo, N. Bhattacharyya, and A. Demond, 2017, “Enhancement of the Aqueous Solubility of Organochlorine Pesticides by Ethanol,” Journal of Environmental Engineering, 143(9), 04017048.
  • Jayawan, I. A. Demond and B. Ellis, 2016, “Using an Analytical Solution Approach to Permit High Volume Groundwater Withdrawals,” Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 2:942-952.
  • Ayral-Cinar, D., M. Otero-Diaz, and A. Demond, 2016, “A Mechanism of Basal Spacing Reduction in Sodium Smectitic Clay Materials in Contact with DNAPL Wastes,” Chemosphere, 159: 577-583..
  • Huang, J., J. Christ, M. Goltz, and A. Demond, 2015, “Modeling NAPL Dissolution from Pendular Rings in Idealized Porous Media,” Water Resources Research, 51(10):8182-8197.
  • Ayral, D., M. Otero, M. Goltz, and A. Demond, 2014, “Impact of DNAPL Contact on the Structure of Smectitic Clay Materials,” Chemosphere, 95:182-187.
  • Broadwater, K., J.D. Meeker, W. Luksemburg, M. Maier, D. Garabrant, A. Demond, and A. Franzblau, 2014, “Evaluation of Release of Dioxins and PCBs During Kiln-Firing of Ball Clay,” Chemosphere, 94:70-75.
  • Han, Y.S., A.H. Demond, and K.F. Hayes, 2013, “Impact of Dissolved Silica on Arsenite Removal by Nano-Particulate FeS and FeS-Coated Sand,” Chemosphere, 92:477-481. 
  • Henderson, A., and A. H. Demond, 2013, “Permeability of Iron Sulfide (FeS)-Based Materials for Groundwater Remediation,” Water Research, 47:1267-1276.
  • Towey, T., N. Barabas, A. Demond, A. Franzblau, D. Garabrant, B. Gillespie, J. Lepkowski, and P. Adriaens, 2012, “Polytopic Vector Analysis of Soil, Dust and Serum Samples to Evaluate Exposure Sources of PCDDs/Fs,” Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 31:2191-2200. 
  • Demond, A., A. Franzblau, D. Garabrant, X. Jiang, P. Adriaens, Q. Chen, B. Gillespie, W. Hao, B. Hong, O. Jolliett, J. Lepkowski, 2012, “Human Exposure from Dioxins in Soil,” Environmental Science and Technology, 46:1296-1302.
  • Henderson, A.D., and A.H. Demond, 2011, “Impact of solid and gas production on permeability of ZVI PRBs,” J. Environ. Engrg., 137:689-696.
  • Han, Y.-S., T.J.,Gallegos, A.H. Demond, and K.F. Hayes, 2011, “FeS-coated sand for removal of arsenic(III) under anaerobic conditions in permeable reactive barriers,” Water Research, 45(2):593-604.