Research in the Arnold group focuses on water pollutants. We seek to understand how organic pollutants, such as industrial solvents, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals, behave in natural systems (e.g., lakes and rivers) and engineered systems (e.g., drinking water pipes, treatment technologies for contaminated waters). Our projects focus on fundamental chemical processes, including reactions that breakdown the pollution and pollutant movement from one phase to another (for example, water to sediment). This information is used to predict the environmental impact of pollutants and to develop improved treatment and remediation technologies.

Specific research areas include studying the kinetics, pathways and mechanisms of anthropogenic chemical reactions that occur at surfaces or via photochemical processes; evaluating mass transfer effects on reaction rates; developing new remediation/containment techniques; and using computational chemistry techniques to predict and/or explain experimental observations.

Our current efforts are focused on:

  •  Redox reactions at mineral surfaces
  • Photochemistry of pharmaceuticals and pesticides in surface waters
  • Understanding the role of organic matter in indirect photolysis process
  • Pesticide fate in prarie pothole wetlands
  • Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes as pollutants
  • Reactive membrane systems for waste treatment and containment
  • Encapsulation of chemicals/bacteria for tailored treatment
  • Remediation of waters contaminated with perfluorochemicals

More details are on the Research Projects page, and some highlights are in this video

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