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Susan Masten


Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), College of Engineering

Engr Rsch Complex, 1449 Engineering Research Ct Room A136


Professor Masten's research involves the use of chemical oxidants for the remediation of soils, water, and leachates contaminated with hazardous organic chemicals. Her research is presently focused on the in-situ use of gaseous ozone to oxidize residual contaminant in saturated soils using ozone sparging and in unsaturated soils using soil venting. Dr. Masten is also very interested in evaluating the ... toxicity of the by-products of chemical oxidation processes as measured by gap junction intercellular communication. Work has focused on the ozonation and chlorination of several pesticides, including atrazine, alachlor, and lindane and on the PAHs, especially pyrene. Current work is being conducted to identify the by-products formed opon the ozonation of several PAHs and to assess their toxicity.

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Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Harvard University 1986

M.S.E., Environmental Engineering, West Virginia University 1981

B.S., Biochemistry, Fairleigh Dickinson University 1979


Lilly Teaching Fellow (1994-1995)

Withrow Distinguished Scholar Award (1995)

MSU Teacher-Scholar Award (1996)

Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors/Wiley Interscience Outstanding Educator Award (2001)


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Masten, S.J.; Davies, S.H.; McElmurry, S.P. 2016. Flint Water Crisis: What happened and why?**American Water Works Association - Michigan Chapter News, Spring, 47-49.

Masten, S.J., Davies, S.H., McElmurray, S.P. 2016. Flint Water Crisis: What happened and why? J. AWWA. 108(12): 22-34.

McGuire, M.J., Beecher, J.A., Hanna-Attisha, M., Masten, S.J._, _Rose, J.B. 2016. The Flint Water Crisis. J. AWWA. 108(7): 26-34.

Lee, G.J., S. Anandan, S.J. Masten, J. Wu. 2016. Photocatalytic hydrogen evolution from water splitting using Cu doped ZnS microspheres under visible light irradiation. Renewable Energy. 89:18-26.


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