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Name: Boyer, Treavor
Title: Assistant Professor
Organization: Environmental Engineering Sciences, ESSIE
Education: Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, 2008
Office Address: PO Box 116450 Gainesville, FL 32611
Email: thboyer@ufl.edu
Telephone: +1 (352) 846-3351

My research interests include physical-chemical processes in natural and engineered aquatic systems, with a focus on studying the impact of natural organic matter. Past and current research includes removing disinfection byproduct precursors by coagulation and ion exchange; using ion exchange to remove natural organic matter and hardness; applying physical-chemical treatment to waste streams, such as membrane concentrate and landfill leachate; evaluating selective phosphorus removal; and modeling physical-chemical unit processes. My overall research program has two primary goals: (1) to elucidate the role of natural organic matter in physicochemical processes and (2) to understand water quality and water treatment in Florida. The basis for Goal 1 is primarily fundamental aquatic chemistry. I have two projects underway that address Goal 1. These projects are “Removal of Natural Organic Matter and Hardness by Combined Ion Exchange Treatment” and “Profiling Changes in Natural Organic Matter through Physical-Chemical and Biological Processes”. The basis for Goal 2 is principally process engineering. I have two projects underway that address Goal 2. These projects are “Evaluation of Non-Chloride Ion Exchange Treatment” and “Sustainable Removal of Phosphorus from Surface Water”. The projects for Goal 2 are based on water quality and water treatment problems identified in Florida; however, the results of this research are also applicable to aquatic systems outside of Florida. I believe that the goals of my research program provide a unified framework for studying natural and engineered water systems.


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