Olya Keen, Ph.D.

Olya Keen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: 
EPIC 3171
Phone: 
704-687-5048
Fax: 
704-687-0957
Education: 
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado – Boulder, Environmental Engineering, 2012
  • M.S., University of South Florida, Environmental Engineering, 2008
  • B.S., University of South Florida, Civil Engineering, 2008
Degrees & Professional Registration: 
  • Engineer in training, License No. 1100015412
  • Certificate in College Teaching from Graduate Teacher Program at CU Boulder
Classes: 
  • Physical Processes in Environmental Engineering, CEGR 6243
  • Environmental Systems, INES 8102
  • Wastewater Treatment Design, CEGR 4090/5090
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering, CEGR 3141
Research: 
  • Emerging contaminants (detection, fate, treatment, environmental and human health effects)
  • Advanced wastewater treatment and water reuse
  • UV based technologies (photolysis, advanced oxidation)
Recent Publications: 
  1. Keen, O.S., Thurman, E.M., Ferrer, I. and Linden, K.G. (2013) Susceptibility of lamotrigine to degradation by hydroxyl radicals, ozone and direct photolysis in UVC range. (in preparation)
  2. Keen, O.S., McKay, G., Mezyk, S.P., Linden, K.G. and Rosario-Ortiz, F. (2013) Identifying the factors that influence the reactivity of effluent organic matter with hydroxyl radicals. Water Research (in press), doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2013.10.049
  3. Keen, O.S. and Linden, K.G. (2013) Degradation of antibacterial activity of antibiotics during UV/H2O2 advanced oxidation and photolysis at wavelengths above 200 nm. Environmental Science and Technology (in press) doi: 10.1021/es402472x
  4. Keen, O.S., Thurman, E.M., Ferrer, I., Dotson, A.D. and Linden, K.G. (2013) Mechanism of dimer formation during UV photolysis of diclofenac. Chemosphere 93, 1948-1956
  5. Keen, O.S. and Linden, K.G. (2013) Re-engineering artificial sweetener: Transforming sucralose residuals in water via advanced oxidation. Environmental Science and Technology, Special Issue honoring Rene Schwartzenbach 47(13), 6799-6805
  6. Keen, O.S., Dotson, A.D. and Linden, K.G. (2013) Evaluation of hydrogen peroxide quenching methods following an advanced oxidation process. ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering 139(1), 137-140
  7. Bell, K.Y., Bandy, J., Beck, S., Keen, O., Kolankowsky, N., Parker, A.M., Linden, K. (2012) Emerging pollutants – Part II: Treatment. Water Environment Research 84(10), 1909-1940
  8. Keen, O.S., Love, N.G. and Linden, K.G. (2012) The role of effluent nitrate in trace organic chemical oxidation during UV disinfection. Water Research 46(16), 5224-5234 ***Best UV Paper of the Year Award by International Ultraviolet Association***
  9. Keen, O.S., Baik, S., Linden, K.G., Aga, D.S. and Love, N.G. (2012) Enhanced biodegradation of carbamazepine after UV/H2O2 advanced oxidation. Environmental Science and Technology 46(11), 6222-6227
  10. Dotson, A.D., Keen, V. S. (O.), and Linden, K.G. (2010) UV/H2O2 treatment of drinking water increases post-chlorination DBP formation. Water Research 44, 3703-3713
     
Honors & Awards: 
  • EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship (2010-2012)
  • American Chemical Society Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry, 2011
  • Magna Cum Laude and Outstanding Graduate Award, University of South Florida, 2008
  • 2013 Best UV Paper of the Year Award by International Ultraviolet Association
Professional Affiliations: 
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Water Works Association (AWWA)
  • Water Environment Federation (WEF)
  • International Water Association (IWA)
  • International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA)