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John Sivey

Assistant Professor
Analytical Chemistry

Office: 584A Smith
Phone: (410)704-6087

Education B.S. Chemistry (2003) Central Michigan University, summa cum laude
M.S. Environmental Engineering & Science (2005) Clemson University
Ph.D. Environmental Engineering & Chemistry (2011) Johns Hopkins University
Postdoctoral Associate (2011-2012) Yale University, Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Teaching Introduction to Analytical Chemistry (210)
Research Research in my group focuses on environmental organic chemistry and the chemistry of drinking water treatment. We apply the principles of analytical chemistry and physical organic chemistry to the study of organic pollutants in natural and engineered systems. My group is also interested in the chemistry of water disinfectants (including free chlorine and free bromine) as well as disinfection by-products. My group also examines abiotic transformation mechanisms of agrochemicals (including pesticides and so-called "inert" ingredients) under reducing conditions encountered in water-logged farm fields and groundwater.
  1. Sivey, J. D.; Arey, J. S.; Tentscher, P. R.; Roberts, A. L. “Reactivity of BrCl, Br2, BrOCl, Br2O and HOBr with dimethenamid in solutions of bromide + aqueous free chlorine.” Environ. Sci. Technol. In press.
  2. Sivey, J. D.; Roberts, A. L. “Abiotic reduction reactions of dichloroacetamide safeners: Transformations of “inert” agrochemical constituents.” Environ. Sci. Technol. 2012, 46, 2187-2195. Link to Full Article
  3. Sivey, J. D.; Roberts, A. L. “Assessing the reactivity of free chlorine constituents Cl2O, Cl2 and HOCl toward aromatic ethers.” Environ. Sci. Technol. 2012, 46, 2141-2147. Link to Full Article
  4. Sivey, J. D.; McCullough, C. M.; Roberts, A. L. “Chlorine monoxide (Cl2O) and molecular chlorine (Cl2) as active chlorinating agents in reactions of dimethenamid with aqueous free chlorine.” Environ. Sci. Technol. 2010, 44, 3357-5562. Link to Full Article
  5. Sivey, J. D.; Lee, C. M. “Using popular magazine articles to teach the art of writing for non-technical audiences.” J. Chem. Educ. 2008, 85, 55-58. Link to Full Article
  6. Sivey, J. D.; Lee, C. M. “Polychlorinated biphenyl contamination trends in Lake Hartwell, SC: Sediment recovery profiles spanning two decades.” Chemosphere 2007, 66, 1821-1828. Link to Full Article

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