Environmental Health - Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
Dr. Cary Chiou, a researcher with the Toxic Substances Hydrology Program, has published a book entitled "Partition and Adsorption of Organic Contaminants in Environmental Systems." This landmark work covers the principles of the uptake of contaminants by soil, sediment, fish, and plants, and the partitioning of contaminants between these media. The book begins with basic thermodynamics and the fundamentals of solution theory, interphase partition, and adsorption theory, to form a strong backbone for characterizing contaminant behavior in environmental systems. This book provides information on the fate of contaminants in the environment that can be used by resource managers, regulators, educators, and researchers. Also identified are factors consequential to the fate of contaminants that can be used by resource managers and regulators to minimize adverse impacts on humans and natural resources.
Cary Chiou is an active scientist in the USGS's National Research Program where his Toxics Program research focuses on the partition and adsorption of persistent organic compounds in environmental systems of soils, sediments, fish, and plants. Environmental Science and Technology recently honored Cary Chiou when it named one of his papers as one of their top ten papers. Cary Chiou also received the 1999 Outstanding Publication Award from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors for his 1979 paper in Science, which pioneered the concept of organic contaminant partition with soil organic matter. He is listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the most highly cited researchers worldwide in the fields of Engineering, Ecology, and Environment.
Publishers Web page - Partition and Adsorption of Organic Contaminants in Environmental Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Chiou, C.T., 2002, Partition and adsorption of organic contaminants in environmental systems: New York, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 257 p., ISBN:0-471-23325-0.