The Environmental Engineering laboratory is one of the Multidisciplinary Research Teams for the CSULA NSF funded Center for Environmental Analysis. Funding for CEA-CREST comes from the National Science Foundation Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) Program. The major goal of CREST is to develop outstanding research centers that will produce new knowledge and increase the number of underrepresented minorities with Ph.D.s in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. We study the physical, chemical, and biological processes that affect the transport of organic (and sometimes inorganic) chemicals in groundwater and surface water. Specifically, we study the fate of solid organic compounds in the subsurface environment including their precipitation in pores of the media and their dissolution to flowing groundwater. We are also interested in coastal contaminant transport processes. Currently, we are studying the bioavailability of metals from sediments contaminated by sewage outfalls. We are also working on understanding the effects of soil moisture on the physical properties of porous media. Other projects including the dissolution of multicomponent mixtures of solid organics in porous media. We are also working on modeling groundwater contaminant transport processes.
The Environmental Engineering Laboratory at Cal State L.A. is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments for studying soil and water pollution. Major instruments include a Varian 3800 GC with an FID detector, a Waters Alliance HPLC with a PDA detector, a Micromeritics Tristar Surface Area Anlayzer, a Perkin-Elmer CHN analyzer, and an Olympus Fluorescence Microscope.