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Julian Fairey

Julian Fairey

Associate Professor


(CVEG)-Civil Engineering

Phone: 479-575-4023

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His research interests include aspects of surface and colloid chemistry. Post-doctoral and graduate research focused on adsorption of hydrophobic organic compounds and catalysis of drinking water disinfectants with engineered sorbents, in particular activated carbon, with an emphasis on understanding the role of natural organic matter on sorbate-sorbent interactions. He is primarily an experimentalist and works on applied research projects developing novel technologies to reduce the risks posed by pollutants in sediments and drinking waters. The goal of these research efforts is to develop cost-effective solutions to environmental problems while making fundamental scientific advancements in the areas of contaminant sediments and drinking water treatment.

Julian Fairey is an environmental engineer interested in the application of physicochemical principles to the study of pollutants in drinking water and contaminated sediments.  At the undergraduate level, he teaches Environmental Engineering (CVEG 3243); at the graduate level, he teaches Water Chemistry (CVEG 5234) and Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes for Water and Wastewater (CVEG 563V).

  • B.S., University of Alberta, 2000
  • M.S., The University of Texas at Austin, 2002
  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin, 2006
  • Post-doc, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006-2008
  • Needham, E., Chimka, J., De Volder, M., Fairey, J., 2017. “Emerging Investigator Series: Trihalomethane, dihaloacetonitrile, and Total N-nitrosamine Precursor Adsorption by Modified Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and CNT Micropillars”, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 3, 1042 – 1050.
  • Needham, E., de Luis, A., Chimka, J., Fairey, J.., 2017. “Revealing a Size-Resolved fluorescence-based metric for tracking oxidative treatment of total N-nitrosamine precursors in waters from wastewater treatment plants”, Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 4(6), 228-233.
  • Lopez, A.,Williams, M., Paiva, M., Demydov, D., Do, T., Fairey, J., Lin, Y., Hestekin, J., 2017. “Potential of Electrodialytic Techniques in Brackish Desalination and Recovery of Industrial Pocess Water for Reuse”, Desalination, 409(5), 108-114.
  • Needham, E., Sidney, S., Chimka, J., Fairey, J., 2016. “Trihalomethane, Dihaloacetonitrile, and Total N-nitrosamine Precursor Adsorption by Carbon Nanotubes: The Importance of Surface Oxides and Pore Volume”, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 2, 1004-1013.
  • Do, T., Chimka, J., Fairey, J., 2015. “Improved (and Singular) Disinfectant Protocol for Indirectly Assessing Organic Precursor Concentrations of Trihalomethanes and Dihaloacetonitriles”, Environmental Science & Technology, 49(16), 9858-9865

National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2013