Biological transformation of hazardous substances
Paige Novak specializes in research on the biological transformation of hazardous substances in sediment, groundwater, and wastewater. She is particularly interested in how external environmental factors influence the biodegradation of these substances.
Understanding environmental factors influencing degradation is of critical importance in designing and implementing biologically-based remediation systems and using microorganisms to treat wastewater. Novak works both in the laboratory and in the field, trying to understand the interactions between microorganisms and environmental conditions (such as electron donor type or concentration and redox state). Her field work has focused on implementing remediation technologies that alter environmental conditions and, as a result, stimulate beneficial biological activity.
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PAIGE J. NOVAK
Department of Civil, Environmental,
Co-Director, MnDRIVE: Advancing Industry, Conserving our Environment
Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, 1997