Faculty Advisor

Bergendahl, John Andrew

Faculty Advisor

Mallick, Rajib B.


Organic compounds have been in storm water runoff, contaminating lakes, streams and groundwater for decades now, with no feasible, cost effective and efficient removal techniques thus far. Non-point source pollution from things such as automobiles can be the origin of many organic substances like oil and gasoline. These contaminants are then washed into surrounding grass and soil by rainfall, which negatively impacts nearby waters. The objective of this project was to evaluate the removal of these harmful organic contaminants from storm water through the use of titania (TiO2) in combination with UV light. In this research, we evaluated the feasibility of using titania/UV light to reduce organic compound concentrations in a small scale detention pond.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2013


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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