Our current research interest lies in 1) application of advanced metal-based catalysis to transform contaminants of emerging concern to environmentally benign products and 2) development of novel processes and materials that can supplant current ones with alternatives that have a lower environmental footprint (i.e., minimal impacts on human health, environmental damages, and resource depletion) and potentially recover embedded resources (i.e., water, energy, minerals, nutrition) during the processes.

• Redox transformation and byproduct formation of water contaminants

• Catalytic water treatment process

• Nanomaterial synthesis and modification

• Spectroscopic (XPS, XAS) and microscopic characterization (STEM-EDS) of catalyst materials

• Applications of life cycle assessment (LCA) tools to water treatment technologies


1. Catalytic treatment of contaminants of emerging concern

•Transform contamination to innocuous products

•Identify reaction mechanism and characterize daughter product formation

•Synthesize “low environmental footprint” catalyst

2. Waste conversion for energy and resourse recovery

•Catalytic transformation of water waste into nutrients

•Hydrothermal conversion of biomass to biofuel

3. Application and implication of biomacromolecules for emerging contaminants

•Elucidation of molecular-level interaction between nanomaterials and proteins

•Use of advanced biomacromolecule-based materials for selective detection of micropollutants and their toxicity

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