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Lee Ferguson, PhD | Duke
Dr. Ferguson is an Environmental Analytical Chemist who joined Duke in 2009 after six years as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina. He received his PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2002. Research in the Ferguson laboratory is focused on development of novel methods for trace analysis of organic and nanoparticulate contaminants in the aquatic environment. Specifically, the laboratory uses high performance mass spectrometry techniques (e.g. UHPLC-Orbitrap MS/MS) to detect, identify, and quantify emerging contaminants (including endocrine disruptors, pharmaceuticals, and surfactants) in wastewater and drinking water, with the overarching goal of gaining an increased understanding of how emerging contaminants are transported, transformed and induce deleterious effects within aquatic ecosystems.

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Detlef Knappe, PhD | NCSU
Dr. Knappe is a Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at NC State University. He received his BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he joined the NC State faculty in 1996. Dr. Knappe is interested in drinking water quality and treatment, water reuse, organic micro-pollutants, development of water treatment processes for polar and persistent organic pollutants, and the fate of organic pollutants in solid waste landfills. He is a member of the Drinking Water Committee of US EPA’s Science Advisory Board, a Trustee of the American Water Works Association’s (AWWA’s) Water Science and Research Division, a Topical Editor for the Open Access Journal Drinking Water Engineering and Science, and a member of the AWWA’s Organic Contaminants Research Committee and the Standards Committee for Activated Carbon.

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Committee Members

DeWitt (ECU)
MacDonald-Gibson (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Mead (UNC-Wilmington)
Sun (UNC-Charlotte)