The University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK-SRC) strives to reduce the negative health and environmental impacts of chlorinated organic compounds found at Superfund sites across both the Commonwealth and the U.S. Specifically UK-SRC biomedical research examines potential roles for nutritional components and lifestyle choices to minimize negative human health impacts related to chemical exposures, while environmental research examines potential uses of nanotechnology for detecting and cleaning up contaminants before exposure happens.

Through this body of research, together with engagement and translation activities designed to increase the real-world impact of laboratory findings, the UK-SRC works to improve health, reduce exposures, inform decisions, and develop tomorrow's environmental health scientists.

Bernhard Hennig, PhD
UK Superfund Research Center

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Hilt Named AIChE Outstanding Chapter Advisor

University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center (UK-SRC) researcher Zach Hilt has been named the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Outstanding Student Chapter Advisor for the 2016-2017 school year. The Outstanding Student Chapter Advisor Award is awarded to one advisor who has shown outstanding performance in guiding the...

Hongyi Wan Wins Second Place for his TED-Sep Talk at the 2017 AIChE Annual Meeting

Congratulations to PhD student and Superfund Research Center Trainee Hongyi (Derek) Wan! Derek won 2nd place for his TED-Sep talk, “Iron/Palladium Nanoparticle Functionalized Membrane for Chlorinated Contaminates Treatment,” on October 30th at the 2017 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota....

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Shuo Tang

Shuo is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Kentucky and a B.S. in Biological Engineering at the China University of Mining and Technology.  Her research focuses on applying novel temperature responsive hydrogel composite materials to remove organic pollutants (PCBs, phenol, dyes) from contaminated water sources.