My teaching and research interests primarily revolve around technologies for water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, and remediation. Particularly, I strive to use fundamental concepts to understand the performance and behavior of water treatment systems. A large percentage of my research has been focused on potable wastewater reuse and the removal of organic contaminants from water and wastewater using advanced treatment processes. I have been extremely lucky to work with a great group of individuals during my time in academia.
My past research projects include applied and fundamental understanding of high-pressure membrane performance during potable reuse applications, maximizing recovery of membrane systems, extraction of materials from aqueous waste streams, development of advanced oxidation processes, and water reuse in the oil and gas industry. I have been involved in the fabrication and evaluation of various pilot-scale treatment systems including ceramic and polymeric membrane systems, adsorption systems, advanced oxidation systems and ozone/biological filtration systems. My current research focuses on various aspects of potable reuse, treatment of mining impacted water, and the removal of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) by physicochemical treatment processes.
My teaching interests mirror my research activities and courses taught include aquatic chemistry, chemodynamics, hazardous waste management, introduction to environmental science and engineering, physico-chemical treatment processes, field session and senior design. Due to my strong interest in process engineering, my overarching goal is to provide students with the knowledge required to effectively design and operate treatment systems.