Dr. Bettina M. Voelker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Environmental Systems Group) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After graduating from MIT with B.S (1989) and M.S (1990) degrees, Dr. Voelker received her Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich in 1994.


Dr. Voelker’s main focus of research is the behavior of metals in aquatic environment. She has been actively involved in the study of processes that control chemical speciation of metals and affect their reactivity in natural waters. Dr. Voelker is currently involved in a wide gamut of research projects, which include, amongst others:

·         Studying the mechanisms of Fenton chemistry and adapting the technique for in situ oxidation of contaminants in groundwater.

·         Developing modeling approaches for the photo-oxidation induced changes in the chromophoric dissolved organic matter in coastal waters.

·         Studying the fate of terrestrial metal binding ligands and improving the modeling approaches for their complexation reactions under a broad range of conditions.


On Friday, April 27th, Dr. Voelker will give a talk on “Fenton Reaction and Oxidation of Aquatic Organics” at the CEE-Environmental Seminar, UMass, Amherst.




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