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The Aquatic Chemistry group at UW Madison focuses on the formation and fate of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in water. These reactive species can be produced by photochemical reactions and by metal redox reactions and can lead to the transformation of aquatic pollutants. By studying these fundamental reaction mechanisms, our group aims to develop models and real world applications that can be used to improve water quality.

Group News

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18 July 2017

Our study on the photochemistry of NTL LTER lakes is now available from Environmental Science & Technology. This work relates the molecular composition of dissolved organic matter to its photochemical reactivity.


28 June 2017

In his Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts paper, Andrew Maizel describes the effect of probe choice and solution conditions on the apparent photochemical reactivity of diverse environmentally-relevant waters.


22 June 2017

Megan McConville’s study on the indirect photodegradation of lampricides is now available from Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts.


26 May 2017

Andrew Maizel’s new Water Research paper combines UV-visible spectroscopy with Fourier transform-ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry to investigate changes in dissolved organic matter during wastewater treatment.


23 May 2017

Megan McConville’s field analysis of three lampricide applications is now available on Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts. The paper highlights the challenges in adapting laboratory photolysis rates to field conditions. The study was recognized by the editorial board as an ESPI HOT” article and is one of the top 10% of papers published in the journal.


12 May 2017

Another week, another Ph.D. defense! Congrats to Dr. Megan McConville for defending her dissertation, entitled Photodegradation of the lampricides TFM and niclosamide in aqueous environments: Direct, indirect, and field analysis.


27 April 2017

Congrats to Dr. Andrew Maizel on his successful Ph.D. defense! His dissertation is titled: Relating dissolved organic matter composition and photochemistry with high resolution mass spectrometry.


26 April 2017

Sarah Balgooyen’s Environmental Science & Technology paper investigates the transformation of bisphenol A by manganese oxide by combining solution phase measurements with mineral surface characterization.


12 April 2017

Congratulations to Gabby Campagnola for receiving a UW-Madison Hilldale Award! This award will support her undergraduate research project on contaminant transformation by manganese oxides.


25 January 2017

Andrew Maizel’s paper on the molecular composition and photochemical reactivity of size-fractionated dissolved organic matter is now out in Environmental Science & Technology.


28 October 2016

The Remucal group and other students from the Environmental Chemistry & Technology program were well-represented at the first Water@UW poster session. This was a great opportunity to learn about all the amazing water-related research at UW-Madison. We look forward to doing it again next year.


12 September 2016

We are pleased to announce that Devon Manley has received a National Water Research Institute Graduate Fellowship. Learn about her work on chlorine photolysis and the other 2016 NWRI Fellows here. Congrats, Devon!


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