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Susan J. Masten, Ph.D., P.E.

Civil and Environmental Engineering
428 S. Shaw Ln., Room 3505
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517) 355-2254
Fax: (517) 355-0250
E-mail: masten@egr.msu.edu
Web: http://www.egr.msu.edu/masten/

Courses Taught:

  • 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 remediation)
  • Air Pollution Science and Engineering

Recent Research:

  • Self-Cleaning Ceramic Membranes For The Removal Of Natural And Synthetic Nanomaterials From Drinking Water, National Science Foundation
  • 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

Selected Publications:

  • 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. 13(1): 79-88.
  • 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. 44: 4148-4154.
  • 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, 24(3): 733-740.
Phone: (517) 355-5107 Fax: (517) 432-1827 E-mail: cee@egr.msu.edu
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michigan State University
Engineering Building
428 S. Shaw Lane, Room 3546
East Lansing, MI 48824