Predicting Contaminant Fate in Aquatic Systems
Various chemicals, including solvents, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals, are unintentionally and intentionally released into natural and engineering aquatic systems. Processes including hydrolysis, sorption, oxidation/reduction, and photolysis will affect the persistence of these chemicals. This research seeks to quantify these processes to understand the fate of pollutants in natural systems and to design engineered systems to remove them. Computational chemistry approaches are used to predict reaction rates and understand observed reaction products.
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