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Upal Ghosh



Contact Information

Ghosh Lab Website
Technology Research Center (TRC), Room 252B


Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering – State University of New York at Buffalo, 1998
M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering – State University of New York at Buffalo, 1993
B.Tech. Chemical Engineering – Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, 1989

Research Interests

My research group explores fundamental process mechanisms that control pollutant fate in soils, sediments, and aquatic environments. We use multidisciplinary tools to investigate exposure and bioavailability of organic and metal pollutants to organisms. The new understanding is used to develop novel remediation technologies and site-specific remediation goals. Recent projects have focused on contaminants such as PCBs, PAHs, pesticides, dioxins, and mercury and fall under three broad categories: 1) assessment of pollutant fate and bioavailability, 2) analytical methods for the assessment of pollutant bioavailability, 3) development, demonstration, and technology transition of novel remediation technologies for polluted sediments.

Selected Publications – Google Scholar

Field scale reduction of PCB bioavailability with activated carbon amendment to river sediments. Barbara Beckingham and Upal Ghosh. Environ. Sci. Technol., In press, 2011.

In-situ sorbent amendments: A new direction in contaminated sediment management. Upal Ghosh, Richard G. Luthy, Gerard Cornelissen, David Werner, Charles A. Menzie.Environ. Sci. Technol. Feature Article, 45, 1163-1168. 2011.

Influence of Activated Carbon Amendment on the Accumulation and Elimination of PCBs in the Earthworm Eisenia fetida. P. Paul, and U. Ghosh. Environmental Pollution,159, 3763-3768, 2011.

Study of the biouptake of labeled single walled carbon nanotubes using fluorescence based method. Minghui Yang, Seokjoon Kwon, Yordan Kostov, Avraham Rasooly, Govind Rao, and Upal Ghosh. Environ. Chem. Letters. 9, 235-241, 2011.

Comparison of field vs. laboratory exposures of L. variegatus to PCB impacted river sediments. Barbara Beckingham and Upal Ghosh. In press, Environ. Toxicol. Chem., 2010.

Bioaccumulation of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins/dibenzofurans in E. foetida from floodplain soils and the effect of activated carbon amendment. Sonja K. Fagervold, Yunzhou Chai, John W. Davis, Michael Wilken, and Upal Ghosh. Environ. Sci. Technol., 44, 5546-5552, 2010.

Role of Black Carbon in the Distribution of Polychlorinated Dibenzo-p-dioxins/dibenzofurans in Aged Field-contaminated Soils. Yunzhou Chai, John W. Davis, Michael Wilken, Greg D Martin, Daniel M. Mowery, and Upal Ghosh. In press,Chemosphere. 2010.

Particle-Scale measurement of PAH aqueous equilibrium partitioning in Impacted Sediments. Upal Ghosh and Steve Hawthorne, Environ. Sci. Technol. 44, 1204-1210, 2010.

Removal and Fate of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Pollutants in an Urban Stormwater Bioretention Facility. DiBlasi, C., Li, H, Davis, A. P., and Ghosh, U.Environ. Sci. Technol. 43, 494-502, 2009.

Modeling PCB Mass Transfer and Bioaccumulation in a Freshwater Oligochaete before and after Amendment of Sediment with Activated Carbon. Sun, X.; Werner, D.; Ghosh, U. Environ. Sci. Technol., 43, 1115-1121.


Organic biofilm substrata as a microbial inoculum delivery vehicle for bioaugmentation of persistent organic pollutants in contaminated sediments and soils. K. Sowers, B. Kjellerup, and U. Ghosh. Patent application submitted by UMBC on June 6, 2011.

A Low-Impact Delivery System for In-Situ Treatment of Contaminated Sediment. U. Ghosh and C.A. Menzie, 2010: (US patent # 7,824,129).

In Situ Stabilization of Persistent Hydrophobic Organic Contaminants in Sediments using coal- and wood-derived carbon sorbents. R.G. Luthy and U. Ghosh, 2006: (US patent # 7,101,115 B2).