Susan J. Masten, Ph.D., P.E.
Civil and Environmental Engineering
A136 Engineering Research Complex
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 355-2254
Fax: (517) 355-0250
- Principles of Environmental Engineering and Science
- Physicochemical Processes in Environmental Engineering
- Water and Waste Treatment Plant Design
- Environmental Chemistry
- Capstone Environmental Design Project (hazardous waste
- Air Pollution Science and Engineering
- Self-Cleaning Ceramic Membranes For The Removal Of Natural
And Synthetic Nanomaterials From Drinking Water, National
- Removal of Pharmaceuticals using Hybrid Ceramic Membrane
Filtration, Center for Water Sciences
- Assessing Water Consumption and Developing Conservation
Strategies for the MSU Campus, BeSpartanGreen, MSU
- Evaluation of an Ozonation/Biodegradation Treatment
System for the Removal of Trihalomethane Precursors from
Drinking Water, National Science Foundation
- Evaluation of the Toxicity of By-products Formed During
the Reaction of Ozone with Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons,
National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences
Professor Masten's research involves the use of chemical
oxidants for the remediation of soils, water, and leachates
contaminated with hazardous organic chemicals. Dr. Masten
has been working etensively to develop water treatment technologies
that are more effective and suitable for use in decentralized
water treatment systems. Over the last year, she has also
begun to evaluate water treatment technologies for developing
countries, and is looking at improving the ceramic water
purifiers for pathogen removal. Dr. Masten, along with several
other faculty members, holds a patent on a hybrid ceramic
membrane filtration system. She has conducted extensive
research on the use of this technology for the control of
disinfection by-products, nanoparticles, bromate, and pharmaceuticals
in drinking water. This process uses the nanoassembly of
metal oxides on membrane surfaces.
Dr. Masten is well-known for her research on the in-situ
use of gaseous ozone to oxidize residual contaminants in
saturated soils using ozone sparging and in unsaturated
soils using soil venting. She has studied the toxicity of
the by-products of chemical oxidation processes as measured
by gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC). Advanced
oxidation processes involving ozonation for the oxidation
of the polychlorinated benzenes have been investigated by
students in her research group. Work has focused on optimizing
these systems for the generation of OH radicals and the
development of predictive models..
Harvard University: Ph.D., Environmental
- S.H. Davies, M.J. Baumann, S. Byun, L. M. Corneal, V.V.
Tarabara, S.J. Masten. 2010. Fabrication of Catalytic
Ceramic Membranes for Water Filtration. Water Science
and Technol. 10(1): 81-86.
- Moslemi, M., S.H. Davies, S.J. Masten. 2010. Ozone
Mass Transfer in a Recirculating Loop Semibatch Reactor
Operated at High Pressure. J. Adv. Oxid. Technol.
- Karnik, B.S., M.J. Baumann, L.M. Corneal, S.J. Masten
and S.H. Davies. 2009. TEM characterization of iron
oxide coated ceramic membranes, J. Mater. Sci.
- Luster-Teasley, S.L., Adams, N. and Masten, S.J. 2009.
Evaluation of soil pH and moisture content on in-situ
ozonation of pyrene in soils, Journal of Hazardous
Materials, 167: 701-706.
- Luster-Teasley S.L., P.E. Ganey, M. DiOrio, J.S. Ward
III, R.E. Maleczka, Jr., J.E. Trosko, and S.J. Masten.
2005. A toxicological evaluation of pyrene ozonation
byproducts: biphenyl-2,2',6,6'-tetracarbaldehyde and biphenyl-2,2',6,6'-tetracarboxylic
acid. Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry,