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Phone: 919-515-1625 Email: rcborden@eos.ncsu.eduOffice: 215 Mann Hall  MapWebsite: www4.ncsu.edu/~rcborden/

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Dr. Bob Borden

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Dr. Borden is interested in remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater.

  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, Rice University
  • MS, Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia
  • BS, Civil Engineering, University of Virginia

Dr. Robert C. Borden is a Professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is the author of over 100 publications and has advised 10 Ph.D and 34 MS students in their graduate studies on research projects supported by the federal government (NSF, EPA, DOE, DOD), state agencies, private industry and consulting firms.

His work is focused on the fate and transport of natural and anthropogenic pollutants in surface and groundwater including laboratory studies, fieldwork and mathematical model development. Early work focused on development of methods to document the rate and extent of monitored natural attenuation (MNA) processes in the subsurface and lead the widespread acceptance on MNA by regulatory authorities, greatly reducing groundwater cleanup costs at many sites. More recent work has focused on developing new technologies for remediation of soil and groundwater contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons, fuel oxygenates (MTBE and TBA), ethers (THF and 1,4-dioxane), chlorinated solvents, perchlorate, explosives, and radionuclides. This includes treatments to reduce contaminant leaching from surface soils, emulsified oils for enhanced anaerobic bioremediation, and colloidal pH buffers to optimize in situ remediation technologies.

Technologies developed by the Borden research group have been used to remediate thousands of waste sites in the US, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Japan.

Recent Research Projects for Borden

  • Modified Power Auger for Hygienic Latrine Emptying — 11/01/11 - 04/30/13 Details
  • Development and Field Evaluation of Colloidal Mg(OH)2 Buffer — 06/20/11 - 06/19/14 Details
  • Generation of Biodegradation - Sorption Barriers for Munitions Constituents 11 EB-ER1-079 (formerly ER1-038) — 03/30/11 - 03/30/15 Details
  • Development of Soluble Soy-based Products for Anaerobic Bioremediation — 05/16/10 - 08/31/11 Details
  • Numerical Modeling of Post-Remediation Impacts of Anaerobic Bioremediation on Groundwater Quality — 03/22/11 - 03/22/15 Details
  • Enhanced Anaerobic Bioremediation using Soy Flour, Soy Protein Concentrate, and Lecithin — 09/01/08 - 12/31/09 Details
  • Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage Using Crude Glycerol — 07/01/07 - 12/31/08 Details
  • Impacts of Sampling and Handling Procedures on DNA- and RNA-based Microbial Characterization and Quantification of Groundwater and Saturated Soil — 03/19/07 - 03/18/10 Details
  • Laboratory Evaluation of Aerobic and Anaerobic Biodegradation Processes at the Maryland Sand, Gravel and Stone Site — 01/01/06 - 12/31/06 Details
  • Anaerobic Biotreatment of Acid Mine Drainage at Ore Knob Mine — 11/01/05 - 10/31/08 Details
  • Development of a Design Tool for Planning Aqueous Amendment Injection Systems — 03/31/06 - 03/31/12 Details
  • Master Agreement - Scientific, Technical, Research, Engineering, and Modeling Support (STREAMS) — 09/27/05 - 09/26/10 Details
  • Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage Using Emulsified Soybean Oil — 08/01/05 - 07/31/07 Details
  • Evaluating Monitored Natural Attenuation of Perchlorate in Groundwater — 06/28/04 - 12/31/07 Details
  • NCSU/NC A and T Program for STEM Enrollment Enhancement — 01/01/03 - 12/31/06 Details
  • Use of Soybean Oil and Soybean Products for Groundwater Bioremediation — 04/17/02 - 06/30/03 Details
  • Development of Permeable Reactive Barries (PRBs) using Edible Oils — 01/25/01 - 01/19/07 Details
  • Laboratory Evaluation of Various Organic Substrates for Enhancing Reductive Dechlorination (SA) — 01/01/99 - 06/30/99 Details
  • Optimization of Wet Detention Ponds for Phosphorus and Nitrogen Removal — 11/01/98 - 10/31/00 Details
  • Laboratory Evaluation of Methyl Tert-Butly Ether(MTBE) Biodegradation — 08/19/96 - 03/30/98 Details
  • Interactions Between Subsurface Geochemical Conditions, Microbial Populations & Biodegradtion Rates Under Iron — 05/10/96 - 01/30/97 Details
  • Effect of Spatial Heterogeneity on The Natural Bioattenuatio of Dissolved Hydrocarbons — 10/28/96 - 04/27/00 Details
  • Factors Controlling The Biodegradation of 1, 4 Dioxane During Subsurface Transport — 01/01/96 - 12/31/98 Details
  • Field Evaluation of Alternative ORC Delivery System (SA) — 10/01/95 - 01/31/96 Details
  • Factors Controlling The Biodegradation of 1,4-Dioxane During Subsurface Transport — 01/01/96 - 12/31/98 Details
  • Site Characterization Design Construction and Monitoring of in Situ Treatment Wall Using ORC to Remediate BTEX Contamina — 11/03/97 - 09/30/00 Details
  • Subsurface Monitoring Data Assessing In-Situ Biodegradation of Aromatic Hydrocarbons (BTEX) in Groundwater — 01/01/91 - 02/29/96 Details
  • Influence of Protozoan Grazing on Intrinsic Bioremediation Under Anaerobic Conditions — 07/01/96 - 12/31/97 Details
  • Evaulation of Ponds and Wetlands for Protection of Public Water Supplies — 01/01/96 - 04/30/99 Details
  • Influence of Iron Reduction on the Natural Bioremediation of Petroleum Spills — 07/01/93 - 03/31/96 Details
  • Evaluation of Ponds and Wetlands for Protection of Public Water Supplies — 01/01/93 - 01/31/96 Details
  • Center for Transportation and the Environment Fellowship for Jeffrey Bryan Stillman — 08/01/96 - 12/30/96 Details

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Geotechnical / Geoenvironmental Engineering

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