Research Seminar - Friday 4th May 2018


Friday 4th May 2018


Civil Engineering Building (H20), Level 1, Room 109




Interfacial Processes and Water Quality


Arthur J. Decker Collegiate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering College of Engineering at University of Michigan


Professor Hayes received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in 1980 from Stanford University. He remained at Stanford to earn an additional M.S. degree and his Ph.D. in 1982 and 1987, respectively. Following graduation, Professor Hayes completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford in 1988. He joined the University of Michigan faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) in 1988. He was promoted to associate professor, with tenure, in 1994 and to professor in 2001.  He served as program director of the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program in CEE from 2001 to 2007.  Professor Hayes was appointed as the interim chair in 2011, chair in 2013, and then served as the Donald Malloure Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering from July 2015 until August 2017.

Professor Hayes' research expertise includes surface and interfacial chemistry, environmental chemistry and engineering, green chemistry and sustainable engineering principles, and nanotechnology for the improvement of water quality.  His current research primarily focuses on the evaluation and optimization of solid phase reactive materials in water treatment systems for effective removal of water-based environmental contaminants. 


From ion exchange and adsorption to surface catalyzed transformation reactions to interfacial/surface tension impacts on flow through porous media, reactions or processes occurring interfaces (e.g., solid-water, organic liquid-water) typically control the fate of contaminants in the environment. In this presentation, Professor Hayes will discuss examples from his research over the past 30 years that exploit interfacial processes for the improvement of water quality including advances in the characterization of interfacial reactions, the development of novel in situ groundwater remediation and drinking water treatment systems, and approaches for minimizing the environmental impact of wastes associated with industrial processes.


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