Lee Blaney, Associate Professor Download Lee Blaney's CV

Lee Blaney, Associate Professor

Download Lee Blaney's CV


PhD Students

Ke He, PhD Student (2011-present) "I am interested in the study of prioritized contaminants (i.e., antibiotics, estrogenic hormones, and UV-filters) of emerging concern (CECs) in different environmental compartments.  My project involves an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the occurrence, fate, and ecological impacts of these CECs.  Specifically, I am working on: (1) Developing efficient sample pretreatment techniques and advanced analytical methods (e.g., SPE-LC-MS/MS) for detection of environmentally-relevant concentrations of over 60 CECs in surface water, wastewater, sludge, sediment, and biota samples; (2) Investigating the occurrence and fate of CECs during wastewater treatment; and (3) Studying the bioaccumulation and estrogenic effects of estrogens and UV-filters in crayfish (i.e., Procambarus clarkii) through long-term exposure experiments." Download Ke He's CV

Ke He, PhD Student (2011-present)

"I am interested in the study of prioritized contaminants (i.e., antibiotics, estrogenic hormones, and UV-filters) of emerging concern (CECs) in different environmental compartments.  My project involves an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the occurrence, fate, and ecological impacts of these CECs.  Specifically, I am working on: (1) Developing efficient sample pretreatment techniques and advanced analytical methods (e.g., SPE-LC-MS/MS) for detection of environmentally-relevant concentrations of over 60 CECs in surface water, wastewater, sludge, sediment, and biota samples; (2) Investigating the occurrence and fate of CECs during wastewater treatment; and (3) Studying the bioaccumulation and estrogenic effects of estrogens and UV-filters in crayfish (i.e., Procambarus clarkii) through long-term exposure experiments."

Download Ke He's CV

Utsav Shashvatt, PhD Student (2014-present) " I am working on developing  technologies for nutrient recovery from anthropogenic waste streams such as animal litter, urine, wastewater effluent using membrane based separation. Using the Donnan membrane principle, we extract nutrients out the waste streams and recover them as struvite.  My work focuses on studying the migration kinetics across the membrane in single and multi ion systems, and increasing the recovery efficiency through designing different membrane reactor configurations.  Such recovery technologies will be one of the steps to solve problems of eutrophication in sensitive water bodies, while also decreasing the dependence on phosphorus mining." Download Utsav Shashvatt's CV

Utsav Shashvatt, PhD Student (2014-present)

" I am working on developing  technologies for nutrient recovery from anthropogenic waste streams such as animal litter, urine, wastewater effluent using membrane based separation. Using the Donnan membrane principle, we extract nutrients out the waste streams and recover them as struvite.  My work focuses on studying the migration kinetics across the membrane in single and multi ion systems, and increasing the recovery efficiency through designing different membrane reactor configurations.  Such recovery technologies will be one of the steps to solve problems of eutrophication in sensitive water bodies, while also decreasing the dependence on phosphorus mining."

Download Utsav Shashvatt's CV

Mamatha Hopanna, PhD Student (2015-present) “My research focuses on a group of chemical compounds called organometallics. Organometallic compounds consist of covalently bound carbon and metal atoms, and exhibit unique chemical/biochemical properties. My project involves development of advanced analytical methods (e.g., SPE-HPLC-ESI-MS/MS) for detection of environmentally-relevant concentrations of organometallics. In this project, I am also studying the environmental fate and photolytic transformation of organo-arsenic, -platinum, -selenium, and -tin”. Download Mamatha Hopanna's CV  

Mamatha Hopanna, PhD Student (2015-present)

“My research focuses on a group of chemical compounds called organometallics. Organometallic compounds consist of covalently bound carbon and metal atoms, and exhibit unique chemical/biochemical properties. My project involves development of advanced analytical methods (e.g., SPE-HPLC-ESI-MS/MS) for detection of environmentally-relevant concentrations of organometallics. In this project, I am also studying the environmental fate and photolytic transformation of organo-arsenic, -platinum, -selenium, and -tin”.

Download Mamatha Hopanna's CV

 

Ethan Hain, PhD Student (2016-present) "I am interested in the study of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), such as antibiotics, androgens/estrogens, and UV filters, in wastewater.  My project involves an interdisciplinary approach to characterize, treat, and understand the toxicological effects of CECs.  We plan to remove the activity CECs through green catalysis with the laccase enzyme.  Specifically, I am working on developing a hybrid enzyme-based bioreactor to degrade a wide profile of CECs and remove the corresponding antimicrobial and estrogenic activity." Download Ethan Hain's CV

Ethan Hain, PhD Student (2016-present)

"I am interested in the study of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), such as antibiotics, androgens/estrogens, and UV filters, in wastewater.  My project involves an interdisciplinary approach to characterize, treat, and understand the toxicological effects of CECs.  We plan to remove the activity CECs through green catalysis with the laccase enzyme.  Specifically, I am working on developing a hybrid enzyme-based bioreactor to degrade a wide profile of CECs and remove the corresponding antimicrobial and estrogenic activity."

Download Ethan Hain's CV

Undergraduate Students

Hannah Aris, BS Student (2015-present) "My work involves recovering phosphorus from poultry litter. Poultry litter from regional farms contributes to nutrient loads in the Chesapeake Bay, fueling algal blooms and decreasing water quality. By implementing fundamental water chemistry principles, I remove phosphorus and other important species from poultry litter to produce a slow-release fertilizer that can be sold to nutrient-deficient areas." Download Hannah Aris' CV

Hannah Aris, BS Student (2015-present)

"My work involves recovering phosphorus from poultry litter. Poultry litter from regional farms contributes to nutrient loads in the Chesapeake Bay, fueling algal blooms and decreasing water quality. By implementing fundamental water chemistry principles, I remove phosphorus and other important species from poultry litter to produce a slow-release fertilizer that can be sold to nutrient-deficient areas."

Download Hannah Aris' CV

Savannah Steinly, BS Student (2015-present) "Organometallic chemicals are used for a variety of contemporary purposes, including agriculture and medicine. My research focuses on understanding the photochemical fate of four classes of these compounds:  organo-arsenic, -platinum, -selenium, and –tin. I do so by conducting investigations using UV-based treatment methods. Currently, my work involves mapping apparent molar extinction coefficients and identifying additional characteristics of organometallic transformation via photolytic mechanisms." Download Savannah Steinly's CV

Savannah Steinly, BS Student (2015-present)

"Organometallic chemicals are used for a variety of contemporary purposes, including agriculture and medicine. My research focuses on understanding the photochemical fate of four classes of these compounds:  organo-arsenic, -platinum, -selenium, and –tin. I do so by conducting investigations using UV-based treatment methods. Currently, my work involves mapping apparent molar extinction coefficients and identifying additional characteristics of organometallic transformation via photolytic mechanisms."

Download Savannah Steinly's CV

Temitope Ibitoye, BS Student (2016-present) "Long-term loading of antibiotics into the environment is a major public health concern. Many of these antibiotics can also be toxic to aquatic life and may alter biogeochemical processes in the environment. Hence, it is necessary to obtain a more thorough understanding of the physicochemical properties of antibiotics, which will help us to better predict the fate of the antibiotics in natural systems and will allow us to engineer better ways to remove them in treatment plants. Currently, my research involves spectrophotometrically determining the pKa values of these antibiotics and generating heat maps that depict their molar absorptivity. " Download Temitope Ibitoye's CV

Temitope Ibitoye, BS Student (2016-present)

"Long-term loading of antibiotics into the environment is a major public health concern. Many of these antibiotics can also be toxic to aquatic life and may alter biogeochemical processes in the environment. Hence, it is necessary to obtain a more thorough understanding of the physicochemical properties of antibiotics, which will help us to better predict the fate of the antibiotics in natural systems and will allow us to engineer better ways to remove them in treatment plants. Currently, my research involves spectrophotometrically determining the pKa values of these antibiotics and generating heat maps that depict their molar absorptivity. "

Download Temitope Ibitoye's CV

Josh Benoit, BS Student (2016-present) "My work involves development of technologies to recover phosphorus from poultry litter produced on farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Runoff from agricultural areas amended with poultry litter commonly contributes to decreased water quality through eutrophication. Through application of water chemistry principles, we extract nutrients from poultry litter to produce a sustainable source of phosphorus-laden fertilizer, while significantly reducing water pollution." Download Josh Benoit's CV

Josh Benoit, BS Student (2016-present)

"My work involves development of technologies to recover phosphorus from poultry litter produced on farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Runoff from agricultural areas amended with poultry litter commonly contributes to decreased water quality through eutrophication. Through application of water chemistry principles, we extract nutrients from poultry litter to produce a sustainable source of phosphorus-laden fertilizer, while significantly reducing water pollution."

Download Josh Benoit's CV

Samina Musa, BS Student (2017-present) "I am researching the extraction of nutrients such as phosphorus from poultry litter slurry. Phosphorus is a finite resource used in crop fertilization with a potential in bio energy. There is a large amount of phosphorus in poultry litter which can lead to an excess of this nutrient in soils and in the water shed leading to causing eutrophication. My current work involves optimization of the extraction and recovery of phosphorus from poultry litter slurry, based on the acid-base chemistry of P(V) in aqueous systems." Download Samina Musa's CV

Samina Musa, BS Student (2017-present)

"I am researching the extraction of nutrients such as phosphorus from poultry litter slurry. Phosphorus is a finite resource used in crop fertilization with a potential in bio energy. There is a large amount of phosphorus in poultry litter which can lead to an excess of this nutrient in soils and in the water shed leading to causing eutrophication. My current work involves optimization of the extraction and recovery of phosphorus from poultry litter slurry, based on the acid-base chemistry of P(V) in aqueous systems."

Download Samina Musa's CV

Charles Portner, BS Student (2017-present) "I am working on reactor design and optimization for the Phosphorus Extraction and Recovery System (PEARS), aimed at treating agricultural waste.  Using the principles chemical engineering and water chemistry, we can efficiently extract valuable nutrients from poultry litter which would otherwise contribute to eutrophication.  My current work is largely focused on fully automating the PEARS reactor for field implementation. Our work will simultaneously help prevent nutrient runoff into the Chesapeake Bay while also nurturing a “closed system” environment for agricultural processes." Download Charles Porter's CV                       

Charles Portner, BS Student (2017-present)

"I am working on reactor design and optimization for the Phosphorus Extraction and Recovery System (PEARS), aimed at treating agricultural waste.  Using the principles chemical engineering and water chemistry, we can efficiently extract valuable nutrients from poultry litter which would otherwise contribute to eutrophication.  My current work is largely focused on fully automating the PEARS reactor for field implementation. Our work will simultaneously help prevent nutrient runoff into the Chesapeake Bay while also nurturing a “closed system” environment for agricultural processes."

Download Charles Porter's CV                       


Previous members of the Blaney Lab

  • Kiranmayi Mangalgiri (PhD), 2012-2017
  • Daniel Ocasio (BS), 2015-2017
  • Hollie Adejumo (BS), 2013-2017
  • Alina Boyko, Mamadou Diallo, Alonso Navarro-Henry (BUILD team), 2016
  • Nicholas Rogers (BS), 2014-2015
  • Rita Costa (Visiting BS/MS student), 2015
  • Graham Rubin (HS intern), 2015
  • Jessica Lee (BS), 2013-2015
  • Apurva Shah (BS), 2013-2015
  • Kendall Dawkins (BS), 2013-2015
Apurva_1.JPG
  • Ana Soares (Visiting BS/MS student), 2014
  • Dr. Asok Adak (Post-doc), 2013-2014
  • Hollie Adejumo, Dalton Hughes, Madison Bondoc, Christopher Mullen (EWB team), 2013-2014
  • Zachary Hopkins (BS, MS), 2012-2014
  • Sebastian Snowberger (BS), 2012-2014
  • Eric Lumsden (University of Maryland School of Medicine - rotation program), 2013
  • Adam Antoszewski (HS intern), 2013
  • Robert Burton (BS), 2012-2013
  • Shreemal Perera (MS), 2012-2013
  • Claudio Muller (University of Maryland School of Medicine - rotation program), 2012