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Detlef Knappe – Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (

Dr. Knappe's main focus is on drinking water quality and treatment, water reuse, organic micropollutants, development of water treatment processes for polar and persistent organic pollutants, and the fate of organic pollutants in solid waste landfills.

Heather M. Stapleton | Duke Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Stapleton's main focus regarding her research has been on the bioaccumulation and biotransformation of brominated flame retardants, and specifically polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs).


Jane Hoppin – Center for Environmental and Health Effects of PFAS (

Dr. Hoppin's focuses broadly on the human health effects of exposures to chemicals in the environment.  Her research is focused on how the environment affects our health, with particular focus on how to characterize the relevant exposure. 

Jamie DeWitt | Research | ECU

Dr. DeWitt’s main focus in the lab is the immunotoxicological and developmental immunotoxicological effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) of concern in North Carolina and across the globe.


P. Lee Ferguson | Duke Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Ferguson's research is focused on development of novel methods for trace analysis of organic and nanoparticulate contaminants in the aquatic environment.

NC PFAS Testing Network (

To understand the extent of PFAS contamination across the state, the North Carolina General Assembly funded this statewide research study. It is a collaboration between universities to document the presence of PFAS and understand its impacts on the environment and our health.

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