Professor Parker’s research group is advancing the state of the science in environmental engineering and chemistry to address emerging challenges relating to agriculture, energy, and water quality. The group’s ultimate goal is to predict contaminant behavior in environmental systems and to optimize strategies to minimize the risk posed by these contaminants to human and ecosystem health. More information is available by following the project links.
We enable accurate environment risk assessment of emerging agricultural biotechnology (e.g., genetically modified crops) through the development of new tools and approaches. Specific projects include:
- Environmental risk assessment of emerging “dsRNA biopesticides”.
- Environmental fate and impact of herbicides used on next-generation herbicide tolerant crops.
We apply our knowledge of chemistry in chemically complex, multiphase systems to seek to (1) optimize energy production while (2) minimizing environmental impact. Specific projects include:
We study photochemical and oxidative reactions in surface waters and in drinking water treatment. Specific projects include:
- Halogen radical oxidants in aquatic systems.
- Disinfection by-product formation due to elevated halide concentrations in source waters.
- Advanced oxidation and disinfection processes.