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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • Small Bergs in the Winter Ice Pack


Environmental chemistry is about understanding the movement and reactions of chemicals in the world and how these relate to society.  Our faculty apply this knowledge to technological problems like the provision of clean drinking water; the fate of toxic chemicals in water, soil and food and global problems like climate change and the effects of ice shelf collapse on the chemistry of the oceans.  For more information on these projects see the faculty links below.


John Ferry

"My group studies how natural and technological processes can work to remove trace organic chemicals from the environment.  The role of sunlight and surfaces are particularly important in our research."


Susan Richardson

"My group is investigating the formation of disinfection by-products (DBPs) in drinking water and swimming pools to solve important human health issues.  We use GC/MS and LC/ MS in our research, and work closely with toxicologists and epidemiologists to determine which DBPs may be responsible, with the ultimate goal of eliminating them in drinking water and swimming pools."


Timothy Shaw

"The analytical/environmental chemistry laboratory combines analytical method development with environmental applications such as transport and cycling of trace elements associated with icebergs, seawater and submarine ground waters."


Wendell Walters

"My group explores the intricate interplay between atmospheric chemistry, the environment, and climate. We employ cutting-edge analytical techniques such as LC/MS, GC/MS, and spectroscopy. These techniques enable us to monitor the concentrations and isotope compositions of trace gases and aerosol components in laboratory experiments and field campaigns.  To gain comprehensive insights, we utilize advanced 3-D atmospheric chemistry and transport models, which serve as valuable tools for interpreting field observations and experimental results. By leveraging this multidisciplinary approach, we aim to unravel the connections between atmospheric chemistry, the environment, and climate to help achieve a more sustainable future."


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