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UMBC Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Blaney, Lee
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ENG 318




Lee Blaney


Assistant Professor


Ph.D. Civil Engineering – The University of Texas at Austin, 2011
M.S. Environmental Engineering – Lehigh University, 2007
B.S. Environmental Engineering – Lehigh University, 2005

Professional Interests

The thrust of our research deals with the fate and transport of emerging contaminants in natural and engineered systems. Many of our projects focus on environmental detection of pharmaceuticals or treatment processes aimed at removing pharmaceuticals from drinking water/wastewater matrices. Pharmaceuticals, and other wastewater-derived contaminants, have been detected in surface water, groundwater, and finished drinking water, and while these compounds are present in relatively low concentrations, their toxicological significance with respect to environmental and human health is not fully understood. Regardless, a growing body of literature suggests that these compounds cause reproductive abnormalities in aquatic species thereby increasing concerns over potential human health issues.

To remove pharmaceuticals from water and wastewater sources, our lab employs ozone- and UV-based oxidation processes. In these treatment processes, oxidants (e.g., ozone and hydroxyl radicals) transform parent pharmaceuticals into specific products that oftentimes exhibit similar chemical structures as the parent pharmaceuticals. Identification and characterization of these transformation products constitutes one of the core activities of our research group. As the chemical structures of some transformation products are similar to the parent pharmaceuticals, we also investigate whether transformation products exert the same biological activity as parent compounds. For example, do transformation products formed through ozonation of antibiotics exhibit antibiotic properties? By measuring not only the concentrations of pharmaceuticals in natural and engineered systems, but also the biological activity of the corresponding water samples, we hope to describe pharmaceutical presence in natural and engineered systems using a dual metric that more accurately characterizes a water's ability to exert specific biological activity.

Select Publications

Adak, A.; Mangalgiri, K.; Lee, J.; Blaney, L.  UV irradiation and UV-H2O2 advanced oxidation of the roxarsone and nitarsone organoarsenicals.  Water Research, In Press.

Mangalgiri, K.P.; He, K.; Blaney, L. Emerging contaminants: A potential human health concern for sensitive populations. PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, In Press.

He, K.; Soares, A.D.; Adejumo, H.; McDiarmid, M.; Squibb, K.; Blaney, L. Detection of a wide variety of human and veterinary fluoroquinolone antibiotics in municipal wastewater and wastewater-impacted surface water.  Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, In Press. doi: 10.1016/j.jpba.2014.11.020

Mangalgiri, K.; Adak, A.; Blaney, L. (2015). Organoarsenicals in poultry litter:  Detection, fate, and toxicity.  Environment International 75(2), 68-80. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2014.10.022

He, K.; Blaney, L. Systematic optimization of an SPE with HPLC-FLD method for fluoroquinolone detection in wastewater. Journal of Hazardous Materials, In Press. doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2014.08.027

Ramakrishnan, A.; Blaney, L.; Kao, J.; Tyagi, R.D.; Zhang, T.C.; Rao, S. (2014). Emerging contaminants in landfill leachate and their sustainable management.  Environmental Earth Sciences, In Press. doi: 10.1007/s12665-014-3489-x

Hopkins, Z.; Blaney, L. (2014). A novel approach to modeling the reaction kinetics of tetracycline antibiotics with aqueous ozone.  Science of the Total Environment 468-469(1), 337-344. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.08.032

Sarkar, S.; Greenleaf, J.E.; Gupta, A.; Ghosh, D.; Blaney, L.M.; Bandyopadhyay, P.; Biswas, R.K.; Dutta, A.K.; SenGupta, A.K. (2010).  Evolution of community-based arsenic removal systems in remote villages in West Bengal, India:  Assessment of decade-long operation.  Water Research 44(19), 5813-5822. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2010.07.072

Sarkar, S.; Blaney, L.M.; Gupta, A.; Ghosh, D.; SenGupta, A.K. (2008).  Arsenic removal from groundwater and its safe containment in a rural environment:  Validation of a sustainable approach.  Environmental Science & Technology 42(12), 4268-4273. doi: 10.1021/es702556t

Sarkar, S.; Blaney, L.M.; Gupta, A.; Ghosh, D.; SenGupta, A.K. (2007).  Use of ArsenXnp, a hybrid anion exchanger, for arsenic removal in remote villages in the Indian subcontinent.  Reactive and Functional Polymers 67(12), 1599-1611. doi:10.1016/j.reactfunctpolym.2007.07.047

Blaney, L.M.; Cinar, S.; SenGupta, A.K. (2007).  Trace phosphate removal with a hybrid anion exchanger (HAIX).  Water Research 41(7), 1603-1613. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2007.01.008