Front: Tiffany Tang, Pingping Meng, Chuhui Zhang, Yoko Koyama. Back: Nancy Lee Alexander, Stefanie Starr, Lan Cheng, Sarangi Joseph, Noelle DeStefano, Amie McElroy, Zachary Hopkins, Detlef Knappe (May 2021)

Chuhui Zhang, Cecile Zhi, Amie McElroy, Zack Hopkins, Nadine Kotlarz, Lan Cheng, Detlef Knappe, and John Merrill (March 2018)




Noelle DeStefano (PhD, Duke University) – Untargeted analysis of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in North Carolina drinking water sources

Nadine Kotlarz (PhD, University of Michigan) – Drinking water exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (co-advised with Jane Hoppin)

Amie McElroy (PhD, NC State University) – Development of GC-MS methods for the analysis of (semi-)volatile per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

Pingping Meng (PhD, Tsinghua University) – Life cycle assessment of treatment technologies for PFAS remediation, PFAS uptake by plants

Danielle Westerman (PhD, University of South Carolina) – Development of total organic fluorine methods for blood serum, water, and other matrices

Yuemei Ye (PhD, Tianjin University) – Systems analysis tool to assist in management decisions for PFAS waste streams

PhD Students

Maria Isabel Alexander Rodriguez (BS, Clarkson University) – Mechanisms of PFAS adsorption to activated carbon – adsorption kinetics

Nancy Lee Alexander (BS, NC State University) – Occurrence of pesticides in private wells and home treatment options (co-advised with Catherine LePrevost and Erin Baker)

Lan Cheng (BS, Wuhan Institute of Technology) – Removal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances by ion exchange processes

Zachary Hopkins (MS, University of Maryland – Baltimore County) – Oxidative treatment options for 1,4-dioxane in surface water, Adsorption of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

Sarangi Joseph (BTech, Open University of Sri Lanka) – Mechanisms of PFAS adsorption to activated carbon – adsorption equilibrium

Stefanie Starr (MS, Johns Hopkins University) – Fate of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances during thermal reactivation of granular activated carbon

Chuhui Zhang (MS, University of Washington) – Control of disinfection by-product precursors by activated carbon, enhancing the total oxidizable precursor assay for PFAS

MS Students

Carolyn Hawkins (BS Penn State University) – Electrocoagulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

Yoko Koyama (BS Washington and Lee University) – Removal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances by granular activated carbon adsorption

Tiffany Tang (BS NC State University) – Factors controlling PFAS adsorption to granular activated carbon

Undergraduate Researchers

Nadia Sheppard  – Evaluation and communication of private well water quality

Elias Zauscher – Phosphate removal by lanthanum-based materials



Post-doctoral research associates

Yue Cecile Zhi (PhD, McGill University) – Assistant Professor, Chongqing University

Mei Sun (PhD, Carnegie Mellon University) – Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Shannon Bartelt-Hunt (PhD, University of Virginia) – Professor, University of Nebraska

Erik Rosenfeldt (PhD, Duke University) – Director of Drinking Water Process Technology, Hazen and Sawyer

PhD students

Amie McElroy, PhD 2020, NC State University

Bilgen Yuncu, PhD 2010, IES Solutions

Jovita Saquing, PhD 2009, University of Delaware

Carolina Baeza, PhD 2008, Universidad de Concepcion, Chile

Alfred Rossner, PhD 2008, Universidad de Concepcion, Chile

Ye Chen, PhD 2003, Novozymes

Lei Li, PhD 2002, California Environmental Protection Agency

Bingyan Wu, PhD 2002, Rho

MS students

Maia Fitzstevens, MS 2019, Silent Spring Institute

Obatayo Harold Hounwanou, MS 2018, Little Rock Water Reclamation Authority

J. Clark Maness, MS 2017, WithersRavenel

Catalina Lopez Velandia, MS 2016, Nova Consulting

Jonathan Moreno Barbosa, MS 2016, TetraTech

Amber Greune, MS 2014, Geosyntec

Viking Edeback, MS 2014, Carollo

Rachel Ingham, MS 2014, City of Durham

Elisa Arevalo, MS 2014, Hazen and Sawyer

Allison Reinert, MS 2013, Orange Water and Sewer Authority

Meredith Fotta, MS 2012, CDM Smith

Leigh-Ann Dudley, MS 2012, Dewberry

Susan Dunn Auten, MS 2011, Black & Veatch

Angela Mastropole Walsh, MS 2011, Novozymes

Qianru Deng, MS 2010, Carollo

Anjali Viswakumar, MS 2010, Eco Services India

Isabella Mezzari, MS 2006, Shell

Lisa Mitchell, MS 2005, Hydrostructures

Alfred Rossner, MS 2004, continued as PhD student

Travis Wagner, MS 2003, Pure Technologies

Patricia Quinlivan Chandley, MS 2001, AECOM

Caleb Taylor, MS 2000, New River Valley Water Authority

Steven Gandy, MS 2000, Municipal Engineering Services Company

Neerja Rastogi, MS 1999, CDM Smith

R. Christopher Belk, MS 1999, Hazen and Sawyer

David Briley, MS 1998, Hazen and Sawyer

Andrew Rike, MS 1998, Harbor Environmental