Dr. Olya S. Keen

 

 

 

Research interests:

  • Emerging contaminants: detection and analytical chemistry; environmental effects; fate and transport; treatment processes; transformation products in the natural and engineered systems
  • Wastewater treatment and water reuse: advanced treatment technologies; resource recovery; applications for municipal effluent reuse, graywater reuse and in-house treatment and reuse for buildings and industries
  • Ultraviolet-based processes and advanced oxidation processes: direct and indirect photolysis in natural and engineered systems, UV and ozone based advanced oxidation processes, photocatalysis

Please see “Research” tab for current and recent projects and an overview of analytical capabilities.

Research group news:

 

09/07/2015

PhD student Nicole Kennedy Neth and Dr. Keen traveled to Malmo, Sweden, to present their research at the International Water Association NOM 6 conference.  Travel was funded by NSF travel award No. 1521562.  Read more…

06/07/2015

Dr. Keen was appointed as a Chair of Organic Contaminants Research Committee for the American Water Works Association Read more…

03/25/2015

Keen Lab research was in the spotlight at the 2015 Annual Meeting of American Chemical Society in Denver.  Watch the press release video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa0UmgTWUz8&list=PLLG7h7fPoH8LtUyqg-vxxZO3GlujdfXh6&index=4 or read about it here: http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2015/march/chlorine-use-in-sewage-treatment-could-promote-antibiotic-resistance.html

The featured research studied the products that form when a common antibiotic doxycycline is exposed to chlorine during water disinfection.  Read more…

03/22/2015

Dr. Keen is featured on ACS Denver twitter campaign #ACSdenver #cenoneword where people whose job involves chemistry were asked to describe their job in one word.  See what she and other people whose job involves chemistry said: https://storify.com/jkemsley/your-job-in-one-word

02/12/2015

MS Project student Neil Hulland received first place award for his poster entitled “Treating hydraulic fracturing flowback components with advanced oxidation processes” at the Appalachian Energy Summit held at UNC-Charlotte Center City Campus.

11/19/2014

Dr. Keen was interviewed by the International Ultraviolet Association on her opinion on the challenges women face in engineering.

Read the article here: https://www.iuva.org/news/women-leave-professional- Read more…

09/25/2013

Dr. Keen received an award from the International Ultraviolet Association for Best UV Research Paper for the Year 2012 for her journal article “The role of effluent nitrate in trace organic chemical oxidation during UV disinfection” co-authored with Drs. Karl Linden and Nancy Love and published in Water Research.

https://www.iuva.org/news/iuva-presents-awards Read more…

09/01/2013

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in conjunction with Chemistry Department was awarded a Major Research Instrumentation Grant from the National Science Foundation for an acquisition of an HPLC/ESI-MS ion trap system.  The new instrument will dramatically increase the capabilities for research of emerging contaminants. Read more…