Fahrenfeld Research Group

We work at the interface of environmental chemistry and environmental microbiology to promote water quality and sustainability, with applications in natural, agricultural, and engineered systems. Research interests / projects include

  • microbial source tracking in mixed land use watersheds

  • end-of-pipe treatment for combined sewer overflows

  • microbial processes in sewers

  • microplastic sources and their associated biofilms

  • antibiotic resistance monitoring in urban waters

  • bioremediation of oil, solvent, and explosives contaminated aquifer sediments

Tools in the lab include those for analyzing organic contaminants (e.g., HPLC-UV, FTIR-microscope), studying microbes (e.g., PCR, qPCR, fluorescent microscope, anaerobic chamber, BSL2 cabinet), and measuring basic water quality parameters.


328D Weeks Hall | Civil & Environmental Engineering

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

500 Bartholomew Dr | Piscataway, NJ 08854

(848) 445-8416 | nfahrenf (at) soe.rutgers.edu