Research Areas

Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineering seeks to study and minimize the impact of anthropogenic processes on the environment. The focus of our department in this research area is:

Air Quality
& Climate


Research includes:

  • Advancing aerosol science and technology that underlie the formation, growth, measurement and modeling of systems of small particles in gases
  • Air quality planning and management
  • Ambient air quality and health effects
  • Climate effects of aerosols
  • Development of advanced aerosol sensors and instruments, data retrieval algorithms, and measurement networks
  • Indoor air quality
  • Green engineering including life cycle assessments
  • Satellite remote sensing and global modeling of atmospheric composition

Advancing understanding of processes affecting air quality and climate with an emphasis on aerosols.


Environmental Chemistry
& Microbiology


Research includes:

  • Environmental genomics and metagenomics
  • Environmental transport and fate of agrochemicals
  • Contaminant fate and transport
  • Subsurface biogeochemical processes
  • Critical element geochemistry
  • Nucleation
  • Nanoscale interfacial chemistry
  • Environmental organic chemistry

Providing deeper understanding of natural and engineered environmental processes via frontier research in environmental chemistry and microbiology and developing novel technologies and solutions for sustainable environments.


Water Quality
& Resource Recovery


Research includes:

  • Drinking water treatment and supply
  • Corrosion control
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Managed aquifer recharge
  • Controlling harmful algal blooms
  • Membrane processes
  • Biotechnology
  • Nutrients and critical elements recovery
  • Fate and transport of natural and engineered nanomaterials

Address water-related social and economic challenges through developing advanced technologies and strategies, improving the efficiency of water and wastewater treatment, and recovering valuable resources from wastewater towards a circular economy.