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  • Astani Civil and Environmental Engineering Seminar

    Thu, May 02, 2019 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars


    Speaker: Jean Van-Buren, PhD Graduate Student, Uniersity of California, Berkeley

    Talk Title: Unexpected products formed during oxidative water treatment

    Abstract: Hydrogen peroxide and persulfate are employed in the treatment of contaminated soil and groundwater by in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) as well as in advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) for wastewater treatment and drinking water purification. Activation of the peroxy bonds in these oxidants produces hydroxyl radical and sulfate radical, which can degrade recalcitrant organic contaminants such as aromatic compounds like benzene. Our research on the oxidation of aromatics
    has highlighted a ring-cleavage mechanism that forms low molecular weight aldehydes as well as α,β-unsaturated aldehydes. This is a concern for toxicity as α,β-unsaturated aldehydes are highly reactive with biomolecules. Their detection has implications for hazardous site remediation as well as the use of AOPs for water treatment.


    Biography: Jean Van Buren is a UC Berkeley Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry working with David Sedlak at the Berkeley Water Center. She received her B.A. from Cornell University in Chemistry. Her research interests include environmental chemistry, water remediation, and transformation products. Outside of the lab, she is a professional equestrian.

    Location: Ray R. Irani Hall (RRI) - 101

    Audiences: Everyone Is Invited

    Posted By: Evangeline Reyes

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