Sung Hee Joo

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Sung Hee Joo

Assistant Professor Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department
Work Phone: (305) 284-3489 Website: Personal Web Site




Sung Hee Joo is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Miami and an affiliate of the Dr. John T. McDonald Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute. Dr. Joo has expertise in the field of advanced treatment technologies for emerging environmental contaminants, environmental nanotechnology, chemical nanoscience, the innovative processes of water/wastewater treatment, the application of membrane technology in wastewater, and the fate & transport of contaminants in the environment

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, Postdoctorate 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)


  • Six Sigma Green Belt: Project Leader, Six Sigma Green Belt: Project Leader. (2012 - Present)
  • Tutor Certification, For excellent teaching. (2002 - Present)

  • Class I Engineer, Noise and Vibration, (1998 - Present)
  • Class I Engineer, Air Pollution Environment, (1995 - Present)
  • Class I Engineer, Water Pollution Environment, (1995 - Present)


    • 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., Toborek, M. (2019).Treatment of antibiotic resistant bacteria by encapsulation of ZnO nanoparticles in an alginate biopolymer: Insights into treatment mechanisms. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 373, 122-130.
    • Baek, S., Joo, S., Blackwelder, P., Toborek, M. (2018).Effects of coating materials on antibacterial properties of industrial and sunscreen-derived titanium-dioxide nanoparticles on Escherichia coli. Chemosphere, 208, 196-206.
    • Joo, S., Aggarwal, S. (2018).Factors impacting the interactions of engineered nanoparticles with bacterial cells and biofilms: Mechanistic insights and state of knowledge. . Journal of Environmental Management, 225, 62-74.
    • Joo, S., Delicio, L., Muniz, J., Baek, S. (2018).Perspective: Catalytic increase of biogas production in an anaerobic co-digestion system. . International Journal of Nanoparticles and Nanotechnology , 4, 016.
    • Baek, S., Joo, S., Linne, D., Leon, S., Luciano, C., Bailey, C., Su, C., Wan, Y. (2018).Pilot-scale application of shotblast dust for phosphorus removal. Journal – American Water Works Association , 110, 64-68.
    • 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.
    • Joo, S., 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 carbon. 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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