The environmental engineering profession is undergoing an exciting period of reinvention, one in which the traditional practice of contaminated site characterization and remediation has been augmented with the forward-looking design and implementation of pollution prevention strategies and green manufacturing. Hazardous substance treatment and control deals with the collection, mitigation, removal, and recycling of long-targeted environmental priority pollutants and newer emerging contaminants of interest.
Fundamental physical and chemical principles of mass transfer and reaction kinetics for organic and inorganic contaminants in soils are applied in the development of processes for immobilization or transformation of heavy metals, halogenated compounds, and radioactive materials. Green chemistry and sustainability concepts likewise find application in industrial hygiene for the creation of environmentally benign processes and products, healthy habitats, and sustainable water supplies.
Research areas of interest in the Environmental Chemistry and Soil Physics group include: