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Lisa Rodenburg
formerly
Lisa Totten

Associate Professor
Environmental Organic Chemistry

Education: Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, The John Hopkins University
BA in Chemistry, Wittenberg University

Phone: 848-932-5774
E-mail:
rodenburg@envsci.rutgers.edu
totten@envsci.rutgers.edu


PCB-11 and other PCBs in Pigments

My work was recently featured in a report on Good Morning America.  Video Here.

To learn more about this issue, check out the articles in Scientific American and Environmental Health Perspectives.

The important thing to understand about PCBs in pigments, which are used in printing on paper and clothing, is that the Toxic Substances Control Act is supposed to protect us from these kinds of toxic chemicals, but TSCA is broken.  It does not work to protect us.  We need to ask our congress to reform TSCA and protect us from these toxins.  The Senate is currently considering something called the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, but this bill wouldn't do anything to address chemicals like PCBs.  We need stronger, better reform than this. 

 

Research Interests

Fate of anthropogenic chemicals, particularly PCBs and other semivolatile organic contaminants in water and air.  Evaluating atmospheric deposition of persistent organic pollutants (POPs)  to aquatic systems via the New Jersey Atmospheric Deposition Network (NJADN).  Source apportionment, mass balances, and trackdown of sources of POPs in aquatic systems. Air/water exchange of contaminants.  Measurement of organic chemicals in environmental matrixes.
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Teaching

Environmental Applications of Organic Chemistry 11:375:340 (Spring every year)

Environmental Organic Chemistry 16:375:522  (Spring every year; cross-listed with 375:340 above)

Analytical Environmental Chemistry Laboratory 11:375:310 (Fall every year)

Service

Mentoring high school students for science fair projects
See also My Story

Awards

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Environmental Chemistry
ACS Environmental Division Graduate Student Paper Award 1998
ACS Environmental Division Graduate Student Award 1998
Graduate Student Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 1994-1997
Dean’s Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering, 1993, 1998
National Merit Scholar, 1987-1991
Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wittenberg University

Publications  (* - author is a current or former student of mine)

 

 

 

1.     Praipipat, P.*; Rodenburg, L.A.; Cavallo, G.J.  Source Apportionment of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in the sediments of the Delaware River.  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2013, In press. 

2.     Rodenburg, L.A.; Meng, Q.  Source Apportionment of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Chicago Air from 1996-2007.  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2013, 47 (8), 3774–3780. 

3.     Liu, H.; Park, J-W.; Fennell, D. E.;  Rodenburg, L. A.; Verta, M.; Häggblom, M.M.  Microbial Reductive Dechlorination of Weathered Polychlorinated Dibenzofurans in Kymijoki Sediment Mesocosms.  Chemosphere.  2013, in press.

4.     Sandy, A.L.*; Guo, J.*; Miskewitz, R.J.; McGillis, W.R.; Rodenburg, L.A.  Mass transfer coefficients for volatilization of polychlorinated biphenyls from the Hudson River, New York measured using micrometeorological approaches.  Chemosphere.  2012, 90(5), 1637-1643. 

5.     Rodenburg, L.A.; Du, S.*; Lui, H.; Guo, J.*; Oseagulu, N.*; and Fennell, D. E.  Evidence for dechlorination of polychlorinated biphenyls and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and –furans in wastewater collection systems in the New York metropolitan area.  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2012, 46, 6612–6620.

6.     Sandy, A.L.*; Guo, J.*; Miskewitz, R.J.; McGillis, W.R.; Rodenburg, L.A.  Fluxes of polychlorinated biphenyls volatilizing from the Hudson River, New York measured using micrometeorological approaches.  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2012, 46, 885-891.

7.     Rodenburg, L.A.; Du, S.*; Xiao, B.; Fennell, D.E.  Source Apportionment of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in the New York/New Jersey Harbor.  Chemosphere. 2011, 83, 792–798.

8.     Park, J-W.; Krumins, V.; Kjellerup, B.V.; Fennell, D. E.; Rodenburg, L.A.; Sowers, K.R.; Kerkhof, L.J.; Häggblom, M. M.  The effect of co-substrate activation on indigenous and bioaugmented PCB dechlorinating bacterial communities in sediment microcosms.  Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 2011, 89, 2005-2017.

9.     Rodenburg, L.A.; Fennell, D.E.; Du, S.*; Cavallo, G.J.  Evidence for Widespread Dechlorination of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Groundwater, Landfills, And Wastewater Collection Systems.  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2010, 44, 7534-7540.

10.  Cwiertny, D.; Arnold, W.A.; Kohn, T.; Rodenburg, L.A.; Roberts, A.L.  Reactivity of Alkyl Polyhalides toward Granular Iron: Development of QSARs and Reactivity Cross Correlations for Reductive Dehalogenation.  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2010, 44, 7928–7936.

11.  Rodenburg, L.A.; Valle, S. N.; Panero, M. A.; Munoz, G. R.; Shor, L. M.  Mass Balances on Selected Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the New York/New Jersey Harbor.  Journal of Environmental Quality.  2010, 39, 642-653.

12.  Rodenburg, L.A.; Guo*, J.; Du*, S.; Cavallo, G.J.  Evidence for Unique and Ubiquitous Environmental Sources of 3,3’-dichlorobiphenyl (PCB 11).  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2010, 44, 2816–2821.  DOI: 10.1021/es901155h

13.  Krumins, V.; Park, J.W.; Son, E.K.; Rodenburg, L.A.; Kerkhof, L.J.; Haggblom, M.M.; Fennell, D.E.  PCB Dechlorination Enhancement in Anacostia River Sediment.  Water Research.  2009, 43 (18), 4549-4558.

14.  Du*, S; Wall*, SJ; Cacia*, D; Rodenburg, LA.  Passive Air Sampling for Polychlorinated Biphenyls in the Philadelphia, USA Metropolitan Area.  Environ. Sci. Technol.  2009, 43, 1287-1292.

15.  Du*, S; Belton, T. J.; Rodenburg, L.A. Source Apportionment of PCBs in the Tidal Delaware River.  Environmental Science and Technology.  2008, 42, 4044–4051.

16.  Zarnadze*, A.; Rodenburg, L.A.  Water Column Concentrations and Partitioning of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in the New York/New Jersey Harbor, USA.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  2008, 27 (8), 1636–1642.  DOI: 10.1897/07-619

17.  Polidori, A.; Turpin, B. J.; Davidson, C. I.; Rodenburg, L. A.; Maimone, F.  Organic PM2.5: Fractionation By Polarity, FTIR Spectroscopy, And OM/OC Ratio For The Pittsburgh Aerosol.  Aerosol Science and Technology.  2008, 42(3), 233-246.

18.  Yan, S.; Rodenburg, L. A.; Dachs, J.; Eisenreich, S. J.  Seasonal air-water exchange fluxes of polychlorinated biphenyls in the Hudson River Estuary.  Environmental Pollution.  2008, 152, 443-451.  doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2007.06.074

19.  Du*, S.; Rodenburg, L. A.  Source Identification of Atmospheric PCBs in Philadelphia/Camden Using Positive Matrix Factorization Followed by the Potential Source Contribution Function.  Atmospheric Environment.  2007, 41, 8596–8608.

20.  Asher, B. J.; Wong, C. S.; Rodenburg, L. A.  Chiral Source Apportionment of Polychlorinated Biphenyls To The Hudson River Estuary Atmosphere And Food Web.   Environmental Science and Technology.  2007, 41, 6163-6169.

21.  Rowe*, A. A.; Totten, L. A.; Cavallo, G. J.; Yagecic, J. R.  Watershed Processing of Atmospheric Polychlorinated Biphenyl Inputs.  Environmental Science and Technology.  2007, 41, 2331-2337.

22.  Rowe*, A. A.; Totten, L. A.; Xie, M.; Fikslin, T. J.; Eisenreich, S. J.  Air-water exchange of polychlorinated biphenyls in the Delaware River.  Environmental Science and Technology.  2007, 41, 1152-1158.

23.  Totten, L. A.; Stenchikov, G. L.; Gigliotti, C. L.; Lahoti, N.; Eisenreich, SJ.  Measurement and Modeling of Urban Atmospheric PCB Concentrations On A Small (8 km) Spatial Scale.  Atmospheric Environment.  2006, 40 (40), 7940-7952.

24.  Yi, S-M; Totten, L.A.; Thota*, S.; Yan, S.; Offenberg, J. H.; Eisenreich, S.J.; Graney, J; Holsen, T.M.  Atmospheric Dry Deposition of Trace Elements Measured Around the Urban and Industrially Impacted NY-NJ Harbor.  Atmospheric Environment. 2006, 40, 6626–6637.

25.  Totten, L.A.; Panangadan*, M.; Eisenreich, S.J.; Cavallo, G.J.; Fikslin, T.J.  Direct and Indirect Atmospheric Deposition of PCBs to the Delaware River Watershed.  Environmental Science and Technology. 2006, 40 (7), 2171-2176.

26.  Gigliotti, C.L.; Totten, L.A.; Offenberg, J.H.;Dachs, J.; Reinfelder, J.R.; Nelson, E.D.; Glenn, T.R. IV; Eisenreich, S.J.  Atmospheric Concentrations and Deposition of PAHs to the Hudson River Estuary.  Environmental Science and Technology.  2005, 39, 5550-5559.

27.  Gioia, R.; Offenberg, J. H.; Gigliotti, C.L.; Totten, L.A.; Du*, S.; Eisenreich, S.J.  Atmospheric Concentrations and Deposition of Organochlorine Pesticides in the US Mid-Atlantic Region.  Atmospheric Environment. 2005, 39 (12), 2309-2322.

28.  Totten, L. A.; Gigliotti, C. L.; VanRy, D. A.; Offenberg, J. H.; Nelson, E. D.; Dachs, J.; Reinfelder, J. R.; Eisenreich, S. J. Atmospheric Concentrations and Deposition of PCBs to the Hudson River Estuary. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2004, 38, 2568-2573.

29.  Koelliker, Y.; Totten, L. A.; Gigliotti, C. L.; Offenberg, J. H.; Reinfelder, J. R.; Zhuang, Y.; Eisenreich, S. J.  Atmospheric Wet Deposition of Total Phosphorus in New Jersey.  Water, Air, and Soil Pollution.  2004, 154 (1-4), 139-150.

30.  Totten, L. A.; Gigliotti, C. L.; Offenberg, J. H.; Baker, J. E.; Eisenreich, S. J.  Re-evaluation of Air-Water Exchange Fluxes of PCBs in Green Bay and Southern Lake Michigan. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2003, 37, 1739-1743.

31.  Van Ry, D. A.; Gigliotti, C. L.; Glenn, T. R. IV; Nelson, E. D.; Totten, L. A.; Eisenreich, S. J. Wet Deposition of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Urban and Background Areas of the Mid-Atlantic States. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2002, 36, 3201-3209.

32.  Dachs, J.; Glenn, T. R.; Gigliotti, C. L.; Brunciak, P.; Totten, L. A.; Nelson, E. D.; Franz, T. P.; Eisenreich, S. J. Processes driving the short-term variability of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the Baltimore and northern Chesapeake Bay atmosphere, USA. Atmospheric Environment 2002, 36, 2281-2295.

33.  Naumova, Y. Y.; Eisenreich, S. J.; Turpin, B. J.; Weisel, C. P.; Morandi, M. T.; Colome, S. D.; Totten, L. A.; Stock, T. H.; Winer, A. M.; Alimokhtari, S.; Kwon, J.; Shendell, D.; Jones, J.; Maberti, S.; Wall, S. J. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the indoor and outdoor air of three cities in the US. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2002, 36, 2552-2559.

34.  Totten, L. A.; Eisenreich, S. J.; Brunciak, P. Evidence for destruction of PCBs by the OH radical in urban atmospheres. Chemosphere 2002, 47, 735-746.

35.  Gigliotti, C. L.; Brunciak, P. A.; Dachs, J.; IV, G. T. R.; Nelson, E. D.; Totten, L. A.; Eisenreich, S. J. Air-Water Exchange of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 2001, 21, 235-244.

36.  Totten, L. A.; Brunciak, P. A.; Gigliotti, C. L.; Dachs, J.; Glenn. T. R., IV; Nelson, E. D.; Eisenreich, S. J. Dynamic Air-Water Exchange of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2001, 35, 3834-3840.

37.  Totten, L. A.; Roberts, A. L. Calculated one- and two-electron reduction potentials and related molecular descriptors for reduction of alkyl and vinyl halides in water. Crit. Rev. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2001, 31, 175-221.

38.  Totten, L. A.; Roberts, A. L.; Jans, U. Alkyl bromides as probes of reductive dehalogenation:  Reactions of stereochemical probes with zero-valent metals. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2001, 35, 2268-2274.

39.  Roberts, A. L.; Totten, L. A.; Arnold, W. A.; Burris, D. R.; Campbell, T. J. Reductive elimination of chlorinated ethylenes by zero-valent metals. Environ. Sci. Technol. 1996, 30, 2654-2659.

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