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Kurt Pennell
Professor and Principal Investigator

Dr. Pennell (PhD, University of Florida) is a member of the Environmental Health (EH) and Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (EWRE) research groups in CEE and is also an investigator in the Integrated Multiphase Environmental Systems Laboratory (IMPES) at Tufts University and the Parkinson's Disease Collaborative Environmental Research Center (PD-CERC) at Emory University.

Email: kurt.pennell@tufts.edu
Phone: 617.627.3211


  • Groundwater remediation technologies
  • Fate and transport of emerging contaminants
  • Neurotoxicity of persistent organic pollutants and engineered nanomaterials


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

Design and Application of Microbial Uranium Reduction Monitoring Tools (MURMoT)

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy

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)

Metabolomic Biomarkers for Parkinson's Disease (Project 3 of PD-CERC)
Sponsor: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Collaborators: Emory University

Secondary Impacts of In Situ Remediation on Groundwater Quality and Post-Treatment Management Strategies
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Defense

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)

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)

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.

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