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Research

Current Projects


Groundwater Remediation

Design and Application of Microbial Uranium Reduction Monitoring Tools (MURMoT)
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy
Primary Investigator: Kurt Pennell

Development of an Integrated Field Test/Modeling Protocol for Efficient In Situ Bioremediation Design and Performance Uncertainty Assessment
Sponsor: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
Researchers: Linda M. Abriola (PI), Kurt Pennell, Natalie Capiro, Maria Elenius

Development of a Novel Approach to In Situ Remediation of Perfluorochemical (PFC) Contaminated Groundwater
Sponsor: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
Researchers: Matt F. Simcik (PI, University of Minnesota), William Arnold (co-PI, University of Minnesota), Kurt D. Pennell (co-PI), Bill DiGuiseppi (CH2M HILL), James W. Hatton (CH2M HILL)

Evaluation of Novel Extractants for Remediation of Heavy Hydrocarbon-Impacted Soils
Sponsor: Chevron, Tufts Collaborates
Researchers: Kurt Pennell (Tufts University), Albert Robbat, Jr. (Tufts University)

Evaluation of Partitioning Electron Donors for Enhanced Bioremediation of Chlorinated Solvent Source Zones
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Division of Earth Sciences: Hydrologic Sciences Program
Researchers: Natalie L. Cápiro (PI) and Kurt D. Pennell (co-PI)

Exploring the Mechanisms Controlling Emulsion-Based Alkalinity Release During Subsurface Remediation
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Primary Investigator: Andrew Ramsburg

Metric Identification and Protocol Development for Characterizing DNAPL Sources Zone Architecture and Associated Plume Response
Sponsor: Strategic Environmental Research & Development Program
Primary Investigator: Linda M. Abriola

Secondary Impacts of In Situ Remediation on Groundwater Quality and Post-Treatment Management Strategies
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense
Researchers: Kurt D. Pennell (PI), Natalie L. Cápiro (co-PI) and Frank E. Loeffler (co-PI, University of Tennessee)


Nanomaterials: Environment and Energy

Impacts of Surface Coating Aging on Nanomaterial Fate and Transport in Porous Media
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Researchers: Kurt D. Pennell (PI), Linda Abriola (Co-PI), John Fortner (Co-PI, Washington University in St. Louis ), Yonggang Wang (Co-PI)

Measurement and Modeling of Nanoparticles Mobility for Advanced Oil Recovery
Sponsor: Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC)
Researchers: Kurt Pennell (co-PI), Linda M. Abriola (co-PI)


Geotechnical Engineering

A Geospatial Liquefaction Model for Rapid Response and Loss Estimation
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Researchers: Laurie Baise (PI), Eric Thompson (co-PI)

Identifying and Modeling Complex Site Response Behavior
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Primary Investigator: Laurie Baise

Near Surface Sediment Model and Site Response for Boston: Collaborative Research with Tufts University and Boston College
Sponsor: United States Geological Survey National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (USGS NEHRP)
Principal Investigators: Laurie Baise and John Ebel (Boston College)


Environmental Exposure and Public Health

Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Lead PI: Tufts University School of Medicine, Doug Brugge, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Primary Investigator: John Durant

Evaluation of Cardiovascular Health Benefits of In-Home Air Filtration Nanoparticles in Urban Neighborhoods
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Primary Investigator: John Durant

Innovative Public Health Engineering Strategies to Reduce Water-Associated Disease Burden in Low-Income Countries
Sponsor: Tufts Institute for Innovation
Researchers: Elena Naumova, Kurt Pennell, David Gute, Natalie Cápiro, Steve Chapra, Magaly Koch, Daniele Lantagne, Alexandra Kulinkina (PhD student), Karen Kosinski (Public Health and Community Medicine), and other collaborators from across the Medford and Boston campuses.

Investigation of New Household Electro-Chlorinator in Haiti
Sponsor: Operation Blessing
Primary Investigator: Daniele Lantagne

Investigation on Household Filtration in Haiti
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Primary Investigator: Daniele Lantagne

Metabolomic Biomarkers for Parkinson's Disease (Project 3 of PD-CERC)
Sponsor: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Primary Investigator: Kurt Pennell

The Impact of Training on Household Adoption of Filters in Haiti
Sponsor: Gift of Water, Incorporated
Primary Investigator: Daniele Lantagne