Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology

Research in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology at Duke focuses on the fate and effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors, particularly chemicals, in the environment.

Ongoing research topics include:

  • environmental implications of nanotechnology;
  • mechanisms underlying chemical fate and transport;
  • modeling of atmospheric transport and chemistry;
  • molecular mechanisms of toxicity and adaptation;
  • toxicogenomics;
  • impacts on populations, communities and ecosystems; and
  • environmental risk assessment.

Opportunities for Graduate/Undergraduate Study

The department is not currently offering a graduate curriculum in environmental chemistry and toxicology, however, there are research opportunities with the faculty members below. The department's research efforts are highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. Undergraduate students have the opportunity to pursue a civil engineering/biomedical engineering dual major, with a focus on environmental and biomedical toxicology.

Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology Faculty

Professor of Environmental Toxicology
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Environmental analytical chemistry and applications of high resolution mass spectrometry to trace organic contaminant analysis, environmental fate and effects of carbon nanomaterials in the aquatic environment, proteomics in environmental toxicology, and mechanisms of environmental endocrine...
Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Identifying genetic adaptation mechanisms resulting from anthropogenic contaminant exposure; developing biosensors capable of pathogen and contaminant detection in water and air; studying the impact of emerging contaminants on aquatic microbial ecology; and the development of novel techniques for...
Nicholas Professor of Environmental Quality in the Nicholas School of the Environment
Mary Milus Yoh and Harold L. Yoh, Jr. Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Aquatic chemistry and geochemistry, trace element environmental chemistry, nanogeoscience, mercury biogeochemistry, water-particle surface processes.
Assistant Professor of Microbial Ecology
Associate Professor of Environmental Genomics in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Environmental engineering, cyberinfrastructure networks, sensors, geotropospheric interactions, engineering systems optimization. Professor Jeffrey Peirce has been a member of the environmental engineering faculty in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University for 28 years. He received...
Dan and Bunny Gabel Associate Professor of Environmental Ethics and Sustainable Environmental Management
Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences
James B. Duke Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Membrane processes, nanostructured materials, transport and fate of nanomaterials in the environment, colloidal and interfacial processes, and environmental systems analysis

Adjunct Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology Faculty

Postdoctoral Associate
Adjunct Professor
Physical chemistry of organic, inorganic, and heterogeneous contaminants; physicochemical properties of surfaces; mechanisms of coagulation and flocculation; water and wastewater treatment
Adjunct Assistant Professor
My research interests focus on improving the development of novel chemicals and engineered systems to include environmental objectives, along with traditional performance and cost metrics. In particular, I seek to (1) predict and mitigate environmental damage through physiochemical understanding of...
Adjunct Associate Professor
Relation between nanostructure of materials and their reactivity and toxicity. Characterization of the structure of ultra-small (colloids and molecular clusters), and/or amorphous and highly divided materials down to the molecular scale.
Adjunct Professor in the Pratt School of Engineering
Measurement and modeling research in environmental systems, including high throughput risk screening, tracer studies, development of pollution collection devices, and biosystem engineering. Life cycle analysis and sustainable design.