Graduate Program Director of Environmental Engineering,
Department of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250.
Phone: 410-455-8665; Fax: 410-455-6500
Current Projects
Combining bioavailability assays with modeling to predict PCBs in fish after remediation
A Low-Impact Delivery System for In-Situ Treatment of Contaminated Sediment
Pilot Demonstration of PCB bioavailability reduction at Grasse River.
Activated biochars with iron for in-situ sequestration of organics, metals, and carbon.
PAH interactions with soil and effects on bioaccessibility and bioavailability to humans.
Assessment of contaminant levels in fish caught in Maryland to derive fish consumption advisories.
PAH interactions with soil and effects on bioaccessibility and bioavailability to humans.
Contaminant migration through sediment caps.
Environmental Risk Assessment, Spring 2004,UMBC
Biological Processes, Fall 2003, 2004, UMBC
Advanced Analytical Methods, Stanford University
Current Graduate Students
James Sanders, Ph.D., CBEE
Mehregan Jalalizadeh, Ph.D. CBEE
Hilda Fadaei Khoei, Ph.D. CBEE
Huan Xia, Ph.D., CBEE
Carmen Yupanqui Ph.D. CBEE
Piuly Paul, Ph.D., CEE
Research Interests
My group performs research in environmental engineering and science with a focus on the fate, effects, and remediation of toxic pollutants in the environment. Current research projects broadly fall under three areas of Environmental Engineering: 1) assessment of pollutant fate and bioavailability, 2) analytical methods for the assessment of pollutant bioavailability, 3) development, demonstration, and technology transition of novel remediation technologies for polluted sediments. My research group explores fundamental process mechanisms that control organic contaminant fate in soils, sediments, and aquatic environments. We use multidisciplinary tools to investigate exposure and bioavailability of organic and metal contaminants to organisms. The new understanding is used to develop novel remediation technologies and site-specific remediation goals. Recent projects have focussed on contaminants such as PCBs, PAHs, pesticides, dioxins, and mercury.

Research Group: L to R: Joon (Res. Assoc.), Upal, Jeff (M.S.), Piuly (Ph.D.), Katie (M.S.), Adam (M.S.), Barbara (Ph.D.), Phil (Ph.D.), Xueli (Ph.D.), Not in Picture: Sonja (Res. Assoc.), Jennifer (M.S.).

Deployment of field exposure cages containing oligochaetes in Grasse River for baseline study. Biological Processes class trip to the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant.