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Julian Fairey

Julian Fairey

Associate Professor

College of Engineering

(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
  • Pifer AD and JL Fairey. "Improving on SUVA254 using Fluorescence-PARAFAC Analysis and Asymmetric Flow-Field Flow Fractionation for Assessing Disinfection Byproduct Formation and Control", Water Research,  46(9), 2927-2936.
  • Pifer AD, DR Miskin, SL Cousins, and JL Fairey. "Coupling Asymmetric Flow-Field Flow Fractionation and Fluorescence Parallel Factor Analysis Reveals Stratification of Dissolved Organic Matter in a Drinking Water Reservoir", Journal of Chromatography A, 2011, 1218(27), 4167-4178.
  • Fairey JL, DG Wahman, and GV Lowry. “Effects of Natural Organic Matter on PCB-Activated Carbon Sorption Kinetics: Implications for Sediment Capping Applications”, Journal of Environmental Quality, 2010, 39(4), 1359-1368.
  • McDonough KM, JL Fairey, and GV Lowry. “Adsorption of polychlorinated biphenyls to activated carbon: Equilibrium isotherms and a preliminary assessment of the effect of dissolved organic matter and biofilm loadings”,Water Research, 2008, 42(3), 575-584.
  • Fairey JL, LE Katz, and GE Speitel. “Monochloramine Destruction by GAC – Effect of Activated Carbon Type and Source Water Characteristics”, Journal American Water Works Association, 2007, 99(7), 110-120.
  • Fairey JL, LE Katz, and GE Speitel. “Impact of Natural Organic Matter on Monochloramine Reduction by Granular Activated Carbon: The Role of Porosity and Electrostatic Surface Properties”, Environmental Science & Technology, 2006, 40(13), 4268-4273.
  • Fairey JL and RC Loehr. “Total and Volatile Polyaromatic Hydrocarbon Losses during Aerobic Slurry Phase Biotreatment”, Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste Management, 2003, 7(3), 182-189.

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