Sung Hee Joo

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Sung Hee Joo

Assistant Professor | College of Engineering | Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department
Work Phone: (305) 284-3489

Website: Personal Web Site


Research Interests

Nanotechnology for environmental remediation, advanced oxidation technology, fate and transport of emerging contaminants, ecotoxicological impact of metal oxide nanoparticles, novel nano-catalysts for wastewater treatment, disinfection chemistry, and applications of membrane technology for water reuse.


    • University of New South Wales, Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. (2005)
    • Yale University, New Haven, Other in Chemical Engineering. (2005)
    • University of New South Wales, M.S. in Environmental Engineering. (2000)
    • Dongduk Women's University, B.S. in Natural Science. (1995)


    • University of Miami, Assistant Professor. Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (2014 - Present)
    • Auburn University, Research Fellow. Civil Engineering and Physics (2005 - 2007)
    • Yale University, Post-doctoral Fellow. Chemical Engineering (2004 - 2005)
    • UNSW, Research Assistant. Civil and Environmental Engineering (2001 - 2004)


  • Juried or Refereed Journal Articles or Exhibitions

    • Baek, S., Joo, S., Kumar, N., Toborek, M. (2017).Antibacterial effect and toxicity pathways of industrial and sunscreen ZnO nanoparticles on Escherichia coli. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 5, 3024-3032.
    • Joo, S., Zhao, D. (2017).Environmental dynamics of metal oxide nanoparticles in heterogeneous systems: A review . Journal of Hazardous Materials, 322, 29-47.
    • Galletti, , A., Seo, S., Joo, S., Su, C., Blackwelder, P. (2016).Effects of titanium dioxide nanoparticles derived from . Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23, 21113-21122.
    • Knecht, M., Su, C., Seo, S., Lawrence, R., , . (2016).Influence of siloxane on the transport of ZnO nanoparticles from different release pathways in saturated sand. RSC Advances, 6, 100494-100503.
    • Hashemi, S., Joo, S., Kim, T., , . (2016).Novel integrated systems for controlling and prevention of mosquito-borne diseases caused by poor sanitation and improper water management. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 4, 3718-3723.
    • Spisni, E., Seo, S., Joo, S., Su, C. (2016).Release and toxicity comparison between industrial- and sunscreen-derived nano-ZnO particles. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 13, 2485-2494. (IF: 2.34)
    • Joo, S., Tansel, B. (2015).Novel technologies for reverse osmosis concentrate treatment: A review. Journal of Environmental Management, 150, 322-335.
    • Malone, H., Young, M., Cairo, I., Alqaoud, A., Chen, S., Desouza, K., Joo, S. (2015).Pollution control in Lake Okeechobee and implications for lake discharge regions. Florida Water Resources Journal, 67(9), 16-21.
    • Joo, S., Monaco, F., Antmann, E., Chorath, P. (2015).Sustainable approaches for minimizing biosolids production and maximizing reuse options in sludge management. Journal of Environmental Management, 158, 133-145.
    • Joo, S. (2014).Advanced treatment of reverse osmosis concentrate by integrated activated carbon and iron-activated persulfate oxidation. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 225, 2076.
    • Joo, S. (2014).Combined adsorbents and reactive oxygen species (ROS) generators in soil for treating reverse osmosis concentrates. Powder Technology, 264, 21-Sep.
    • Joo, S. (2013).The ecotoxicological impact of metal oxide nanoparticles on pool algae in the presence and absence of disinfection byproducts: a new research direction for the public health and safety of engineered n. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 224, 1681-1685.
    • Joo, S., Park, J., Lee, Y. (2013).Case study on pressured microfiltration and reverse osmosis membrane systems for water reuse. Desalination and Water Treatment, 51, 5089-5096.
    • Joo, S., Park, J., Lee, Y. (2012).Evaluation on the removal of organics and nutrients from reverse osmosis retentate using powdered activated carbo. Journal of Korean Society on Water Environment, 28, 479-482.
    • Joo, S., Al-Abed, S., Luxton, T. (2009).Influence of carboxymethyl cellulose for the transport of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in clean silica and mineral coated sands. Environmental Science and Technology, 43, 4954-4959.
    • Joo, S., Zhao, D. (2008).Destruction of lindane and atrazine using stabilized iron nanoparticles under aerobic and anaerobic conditions: Effects of catalyst and stabilizer. Chemosphere, 70, 418-425.
    • Joo, S., Mitch, W. A. (2007).Nitrile, aldehyde, and halonitroalkane formation during chlorination/chloramination of primary amines. Environmental Science and Technology, 41, 1288-1296.
    • Feitz, A. J., Joo, S., Guan, J., Sun, Q., Sedlak, D. L., Waite, T. D. (2005).Oxidative transformation of contaminants using colloidal zero-valent iron. Colloid and Surfaces, A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 265, 88-94.
    • Joo, S., Feitz, A. J., Sedlak, D. L., Waite, T. D. (2005).Quantification of the oxidizing capacity of nanoparticulate zero-valent iron. Environmental Science and Technology, 39, 1263-1268.
    • Joo, S., Feitz, A. J., Waite, T. D. (2004).Oxidative degradation of the carbothioate herbicide, molinate using nanoscale zero-valent iron. Environmental Science and Technology, 38, 2242-2247.
  • Refereed Books

    • Joo (Editor), S., Joo, S. (Eds.) Applying Nanotechnology for Environmental Sustainability. IGI Global.
    • Joo, S. , Cheng, I. (Eds.) Modern Inorganic Chemistry: Nanotechnology for Environmental Remediation. Springer.

    Book Chapters

    • Waite, T., Joo, S., Feitz, A., Sedlak, D., (2004). Oxidative transformation of contaminants using nanoscale zero-valent iron. Chemical Water and Wastewater Treatment (pp. 309-318). IWA.


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