Research Group

Current Group Members:

Dr. Tianqi Zhang, 2017-present, Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Project: Advanced photooxidation processes and kinetic modeling

Dr. Juhee Kim, 2017-present, Postdoctoral Researcher

Research Project: Advanced oxidation processes and emerging contaminant mitigation

Laura Mast, 2014-present, Ph.D. Candidate

Research Project: Recovery of rare earth elements from coal conbustion products

Elliot Reid, 2019-present, Ph.D. Student 

Research Project: Use of domestic wastewater for food production (Co-advisor: Dr. Yongsheng Chen)

Manasa Sadhasivan, 2019-present, M.S. Student

Research Project: Advanced oxidation processes of ferrate

 


Former Group Members:

Postdocs and Ph.D. Students

Dr. Cong Luo, 2014-2020 (as PhD student); 2020 as Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D. Dissertation: Ferrate(Fe(VI) Oxidation for Mitigation of Pharmaceutical Micropollutants in Source-Separated Hydrolyzed Urine and Related Conditions

Current Position: Associate, McKinsey & Company, NJ

Dr. Wenlong Zhang, 2013-2019

Ph.D. Dissertation: A Zero Liquid Discharge Method for Co-Disposing Coal Fly Ash and Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) Brines: Zero Valent Iron Reduction and Solidification/Stabilization

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Wen Liu, 2016-2017, Postdoctoal Researcher

Research: Advanced materials and oxidation processes

Current Position: Professor, College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China

Dr. Jay Renew, 2012-2017

Ph.D. Dissertation: Immobilization of Heavy Metals in solidified/Stabilized Co-Disposed Coal Fly Ash and Concentrated Flue Gas Desulfurization Wastewater

Current Position: Principal, Sweitzer Engineering, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Dr. Jie Fu, 2014-2016, Postdoctoal Researcher

Research: Optimization of GAC biofiltration for water treatment

Current Position: Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

Dr. Peizhe Sun, 2009-2014 as PhD student (co-advisor: Dr. Spyros Pavlostathis); 2014-2016 as Postdoctoral Researcher

Ph.D. Dissertation: Transformation of Veterinary Ionophore Antibiotics under Conditions Related to Water-Litter-Soil systems (2014 CEE Best Ph.D. Thesis Award; 2015 Sigma Xi Best Ph.D. Thesis Award)

Current Position: Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China  

Dr. Lokesh P. Padhye, 2006-2010 (Graduate Student); 2010-2011 (Postdoctoral Researcher)

Ph.D. Dissertation: Roles of PolyDADMACs, Dithiocarbamates and Activated Carbons in Formation of N-nitrosamine Contaminants in Water

Current Position: Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Bo Zhang, 2007-2009, Postdoctoal Researcher (co-advised with Drs. Joseph Hughes and Jaehong Kim)

Current Position: Professor, Shanghai Jiatong University, Shanghai, China

Dr. Amisha D. Shah, 2002-2008 (co-advisor: Dr. Jaehong Kim)

Ph.D. Dissertation: Antibiotics in Water Treatment: the Role of Water Quality Conditions on their Fate and Removal during Chlorination and Nanofiltration

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Depts of Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN 

Dr. Wan-Ru Chen, 2003-2008

Ph.D. Dissertation: Interactions of Tetracycline Antibiotics with Dissolved Metal Ions and Metal Oxides

Current Position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan

Dr. Sang Hyuck Park, 2003-2008

Ph.D. Dissertation: Effect of Amine-Based Water Treatment Polymers on the Formation of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) Disinfection By-Product

Current position: Associate Professor of Chemistry, School of Science & Technology, Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA

Dr. Huichun (Judy) Zhang, 2000-2004

Ph.D. Dissertation: Metal Oxide-Facilitated Oxidation of Antibacterial Agents (2005 CEE Best Ph.D. Thesis Award)

Current position: Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Case Western University, Cleveland, OH

 

M.S. Students

Jordan Dobson, 2018-2020

Research Project: Oxidation with performic acid

Benjamin Mejia-Tickner, 2017-2018

Research Project: Peroxyacids for disinfection processes

Maoqiao Mao, 2015-2016

M.S. Thesis: Critical Review of Disinfection By-Products (DBPs) in Fresh Produce and Process Water

Harshad Oswal, 2015-2016

Special Research Project: Removal of Selenium(VI) from Concentrated Flue-Gas-Desulfurization Brine Using Zero-Valent Iron: Impact of Brine Constituents

David Vargas, 2014-2015

M.S. Thesis: Effect of Combined UV and Free Chlorine on the Formation of Chloronitromethanes

Current position: Water/Wastewater Engineer at AECOM, Orlando, FL

Jonathan Callura, 2012-2014

M.S. Thesis: Catalytic Impact of Activated Carbon on Nitrosamine Formation via Nitrosation

Current position: Environmental Engineer, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Atlanta, GA

Robert Nahabedian, 2012-2013

Special Research Project: : PPCPs and Oxidant Interactions - A Perspective on Organic Functional Group Correlations

Current position: Environmental Instructor, West Point Academy, West Point, NY

Sara Nichols Gibson, 2008-2010

M.S. Thesis: Oxidation of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products by Permanganate

Current position: Environmental Engineer at Malcolm Pirnie, Dallas, TX

Punita Anand, 2007-2009

Special Research Project: Disinfection By-Product Formation from Dithiocarbamate Pesticides

Current position: Environmental Engineer at R2T Inc., Atlanta, GA

Anh Tien Do, 2004-2006

Special Research Problem: Adsorption of Estrogenic Hormone 17b-Estradiol by Nanofiltration and Ultrafiltration Membranes (Advisor: Dr. Jaehong Kim; Co-advisor: Dr. Ching-Hua Huang)

Seung Jin Lee, 2003-2006

M.S. Thesis: Hydrolysis of Organophosphorous Esters Induced by Nanostructured Titania-Based Replicas of Diatom Microshells

Current position: Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA

Piti Piyachaturawat, 2003-2005

M.S. Thesis: Potential N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) Formation from Water Treatment Polymers

Current position: Environ International Corp., Novato, CA

Edward A. McCallum, 2003-2005

M.S. Thesis: Adsorption, Desorption, and Steady-State Removal of Estrogenic Hormone 17b-Estradiol by Nanofiltration and Ultrafiltration Membranes (Advisor: Dr. Jaehong Kim; Co-advisor: Dr. Ching-Hua Huang)

Current position: Hazen and Sawyer Environmental Consulting, Atlanta, GA

Michael C. Dodd,  2001-2003

Undergraduate Research (2001): Removal of ciprofloxacin by coagulation/flocculation and granular activated carbon.

M.S. Thesis: Chemical Oxidation of  Aquatic Antibiotic Microcontaminants by Free and Combined Chlorine (2003 CEE Best M.S. Thesis Award)

Current position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Jay E. Renew, 2000-2003

M.S. Thesis: Novel Analytical Method Development and Fate Assessment for Fluoroquinolone, Sulfonamide and Trimethoprim Antibiotics in Engineered Water Treatment Systems

Current position: Research Engineer,  Southern Research Institute / Ph.D. Candidate, Georgia Tech

Kristen L. Smeby, 2000-2002

M.S. Thesis: Occurrence and Fate of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics in Wastewater Treatment Systems

Current position: Hazen and Sawyer Environmental Consulting, Atlanta, GA

 

Visiting Ph.D. Students Supervised

Yiping Wang, 2019-2020, Visiting Ph.D. Candidate, Beijing Forest University, Beijing, China

Jiayi Yao, 2019-2020, Visiting Ph.D. Candidate, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

Dr. Rong Chen, 2018-2020, Visiting Ph.D. Candidate, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China 

Dr. Penghui Du, 2016-2017, Visiting Ph.D. Candidate, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Dr. Meiquan Cai, 2014-2016, Visiting Ph.D. Candidate, Beijing Forest University, Beijing, China

Dr. Hui Wang, 2013-2014 at GT, Visiting Ph.D. Candidate, Beijing Jiao Tong University, Beijing, China

Dr. Rouchun Zhang, 2013-2014 at GT, Visiting Ph.D. Candidate, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China

Current position: Faculty, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China

Dr. Jiabin Chen, 2012-2014 at GT, Visiting Ph.D. Candidate, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Current position: Faculty, Tongji Univeristy, Shanghai, China

Dr. Pei Wang, 2007-2009 at GT, Ph.D. visiting Candidate, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China

 

Visiting Scholars

VIctoria Diaz, 2019 Summer, SURE fellow

Dr. He Zhao, 2015-2016, Faculty, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Mariana Ribeiro, 2015 Summer, Visiting undergraduate student

Dr. Kejia Zhang, 2014-2015, Associate Professor, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

Dr. Baoling Yuan, 2014-2015, Professor, Huaqiao University, Ximen, China

Dr. Weiling Sun, 2013-2014, Associate Professor, Peking University, Beijing, China

Dr. Weiwei Ben, 2012-2013, RCEES, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Dr. Yaping Zhao, 2011-2012, Associate Professor, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China

Yiyue Zhang, 2012 Summer, Undergraduate Student, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Dr. Lin Deng, 2011-2012, Southeast University, Nanjing, China

Dr. Shutao Wang, 2011-2012, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

Dr. Hong Yao, 2010-2011, Professor, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China

Delphine Barmaz, 2009-2010, Visiting M.S. Student, EPFL, Switzerland

Dr. Yongpeng Xu, 2008-2009, Associate Professor, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China

Dr. Hua Fang, 2009, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing, China