PhD Research - Kristin Clark

Kristin Clark is interested in using chemistry to aid societal progress without destroying the environment. Her interest in the applications of environmental chemistry began at Cal State Long Beach in 2004, when she was working on the removal of organophosphorous pesticide from water. Since then, she has expanded her interests to include the removal of legacy pollutants, such as PAHs and PCBs, from soil and removing suspended sediments in the water column. She is currently working to design a nanomaterial that will remove these pollutants during dredging projects. Tons of sediments are transported across the U.S. to Superfund disposal sites. Kristin hopes to provide an alternative solution that will allow the original pollutants to be captured on-site in lower volume, resutling in remediation that costs less and has a reduced ecological impact.

Employment Upon Graduation: Chemist, U.S. Army - Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center

Bren Projects

2006-2007: Minerals Management Service/Elastec Improved Mechanical Recovery of Oil in Ice Slurries and Sub-Zero Temperature.

2007-2008: L.A. Regional Water Quality Board/ Friends of Santa Clara River Bioswale and Biotrench Remediation Efficiency for Treating Agriculture Runoff.

2008-present: Department of Defense Magnetic Permanently Confined Micelle Arrays for the Remediation of PAHs and PCBs from Suspended Sediments and Soil.



Wang, P, Q Shi, Y Shi, KK Clark, GD Stucky, and AA Keller. 2009. Magnetic Permanently Confined Micelle Arrays for Treating Hydrophobic Organic Compound Contamination. J Amer. Chem. Soc., 131(1):182–188
DOI: 10.1021/ja806556a