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
Hilda wins 2nd place student presentation award, SETAC North America Meeting, 2015
Ghosh team wins AAEES Excellence in Environmental Engineering 2015 Honor Award
Jose wins best poster award at the Gordon Research Conference 2012
Current Projects
Development of in-situ mercury remediation approaches based on methylmercury bioavailability. NIEHS
Bioamended activated carbon for bioremediation of PCBs. MII
Combining bioavailability assays with modeling to predict PCBs in fish after remediation. NIEHS
Green infrastructure for urban landscapes. NFWF
Global innovation partnership for the development of sustainable technologies to investigate, restore, and protect the urban water environment. GII
Actively shaken in-situ passive sampler platform for methylmercury and organics. DoD SERDP
PAH interactions with soil and effects on bioaccessibility and bioavailability to humans. DoD SERDP
Assessment of contaminant levels in fish caught in Maryland to derive fish consumption advisories.MDE
Application of biofilm covered activated carbon particles as microbial innoculum delivery system in weathered PCB contaminated sediment. DoD SERDP
In-situ treatment of Mirror Lake sediments to reduce uptake of pollutants in the food chain. DNREC.
Remediation of PCB/Hg impacted marsh sediments. Dow Chemical Co.
ENCH 427 Heat and Mass Transfer, Spring 2016
Environmental Risk Assessment, Spring 2004,UMBC
Biological Processes, Fall 2003, 2004, UMBC
Advanced Analytical Methods, Stanford University
Current Graduate Students
Hilda Fadaei Khoei, Ph.D. CBEE (Fall 2011)
Huan Xia, Ph.D., CBEE (Fall 2011)
James Sanders, Ph.D. CBEE (Spring 2013)
Meheregan Jalalijadeh, Ph.D. CEE (Fall 2012)
Eli Patmont,, M.S, CBEE (Fall 2013)
Trevor Needham, Ph.D, CBEE (started Spring 2014)
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. 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. 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 transition of novel remediation technologies for polluted sediments. Recent projects have focussed on contaminants such as PCBs, PAHs, pesticides, dioxins, and mercury.

Research Group (2014): L to R: Meg, Eli, Rick (DNREC), James, Huan, Hilda, Jose, Upal, not in picture: Trevor, Natasha.

Research Group (2006): 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.).

Research Group (2005): L to R: Joon, Piuly, Katie, Nii, Xueli, Upal

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