Research Focus Area 1: Detection & Identification

Water quality is one of the most critical factors behind ecosystem stability. In recent decades, the way we identify and understand environmental contamination has changed, as our focus has expanded from traditional pollutants such as nutrients, trace metals, DDT and PCBs to more biologically active compounds such as endocrine disrupters, antibiotics and toxic chemicals. These pollutants are having adverse effects on the surrounding environments and, indirectly, on humans.

To address this pressing issue, our team is using cutting-edge technologies to improve detection methods and quantify environmental exposure to pollutants, including anthropogenic contaminants and other natural stressors. You can learn more by reading the our full proposal here.

Our faculty are extending research technologies and approaches for measuring chemical stressors. We conduct advanced sensing of environmental exposure to anthropogenic contaminants, pollutants and other natural stressors, such as harmful algal blooms.

Francisco Fernandez-Lima, Lead: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Yong Cai: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Piero Gardinali: Chemistry and Biochemistry
William Anderson: Earth and Environment
David KadkoApplied Research Center
Shekhar BhansaliElectrical & Computer Engineering
Natalia Soares Qinete: Chemistry and Biochemistry