Group Members

Mohammad (Mamun) Rashid

Mohammad Mamunur Rashid is a fifth year PhD student doing his research in the field of analytical/environmental chemistry. Mamun earned his BS (Honors) in chemistry from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He also completed a MBA in Finance from the same university. Before joining the PhD program, Mamun worked in different local and multinational companies for approximately 4 years where he looked after the Quality Management System (QMS) and Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) compliance. Developing environmentally friendly nanoparticle based water purification processes is his primary area of research interest. His current focus is on the removal of toxic arsenic and selenium from the water stream using humic acid coated magnetic nanoparticles (HA-MNP).

Danni Cui

Danni Cui is a fifth year student pursuing a PhD degree in Chemistry. She received a Bachelor's of Science in Applied Chemistry (Product Quality Inspection) from Liaoning University. Her current research is focused on conducting detailed investigations of ultrasonic-induced degradation of problematic pollutants to develop a better fundamental understanding of the process.

Mary Jo Weiss-Errico

Mary Jo Weiss-Errico is a fourth year graduate student working towards a PhD in Environmental Chemistry. She received a BS in Honors Chemistry from Georgetown University. She is interested in developing novel strategies for the removal of organic pollutants from water systems. Her current research is focused on employing host-guest chemistry for the environmental remediation of perfluorinated surfactants (PFASs).

Arif M. Abdullah

A.M. Abdullah completed his BS and MS degree in chemistry at the University of Dhaka. He is a fourth year PhD student working on developing novel ways to remove current and emerging contaminants from the environment. His current research focuses on TiO2 photo-catalytic production of different ROS using different catalysts and selective probes under UV and Visible light conditions.

Marcela Jaramillo

Marcela Jaramillo graduated with honors with B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Biology from Saint Thomas University. She is a third year graduate student of the Environmental Chemistry PhD Program. Currently, she is investigating the reaction pathways and products of the photooxidative degradation of pollutants as an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional water purification strategies.