Research Interests: Environmental chemistry and biochemistry of organic contaminants, natural organic substrates, and biomacromolecules; environmental toxicology; engineering of natural particles for contaminant remediation.
A core challenge at the food-energy-water nexus is to produce energy from sources that do not compete with arable land for food, or tax our over-burdened water supply. The health of our climate hinges on our ability to transform vast quantities of carbonaceous wastes that would otherwise decompose into greenhouse gases into useful byproducts.
“Wouldn't it be amazing to run your car off of garbage and to clean water with farm waste? Using my skills as a Chemical-Environmental Engineer, my team investigates biomass to renewable energy conversions and develops sustainable materials to mitigate energy's environmental impact.”
Professor Hess is currently the Director of Graduate Studies for the BEE field.
Research Interests: Atmospheric chemistry and the effect of climate change on atmospheric chemistry, climate change, land use and atmospheric chemistry, interactions between atmospheric chemistry and biogeochemistry.