Brooke K. Mayer, PhD, PE

Brooke K. Mayer, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor

Office: Engineering Hall, 411

Phone: (414) 288-2161




Research Interests

  • Nutrient removal and recovery in water and wastewater streams
  • Detection and quantification of infectious waterborne viruses
  • Removal and disinfection of emerging microbial pathogens
  • Reduction and disinfection byproduct formation
  • Advanced oxidation targeting organic contaminant distruction

Professional Preparation

  • Ph.D., 2008, Environmental Engineering, Arizona State University
  • M.S., 2006, Environmental Engineering, Arizona State University
  • B.S., 2004, Civil Engineering - Environmental Concentration, Arizona State University


Selected Refereed Publications

  • Mayer, Brooke K., Daugherty, Erin, Abbaszadegan, Morteza. "Disinfection byproduct formation resulting from settled, filtered, and finished water treated by titanium dioxide photocatalysis." Chemosphere/Elsevier. Amsterdam. Netherlands. J. de Boer. 0045-6535. 2013.
  • Mayer, Brooke K., Gerrity, Daniel, Rittmann, Bruce E., Reisinger, Daniel, Brandt-Williams, Sherrie. "Innovative strategies to achieve low total phosphorus concentrations in high water flows." Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology / Taylor and Francis. UK. 43. 4. 409-441. Terry J. Logan. 1064-3389. 2013.
  • Rittmann, B.E.; Mayer, B.K.; Westerhoff, P.; Edwards, M. 2011. "Capturing the Lost Phosphorus". Chemosphere.84:846-853. 2011.
  • Mayer, B.K.; Ryu, H.; Gerrity, D.; Abbaszadegan, M. 2010. "Development of an integrated cell cultureqRTPCR assay for simultaneous quantification of coxsackieviruses, echoviruses, and polioviruses in disinfection studies". Water Sci. Technol. 6:2:375-387. 2010.
  • Ryu, H.; Mayer, B.K.; Abbaszadegan, M. 2009. "Applicability of Quantitative PCR for the Determination of Removal Efficacy of Enteric Viruses and Cryptosporidium by Water Treatment Processes". J. Water Health. 8:1:101-108. 2009.

Current Funded Research Grants

  • PI. Evaluation of Electrocoagulation-Microfiltration for the Removal of Trace Heavy Metals, Hardness, and Viruses. Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Water Equipment and Policy.
  • Co-PI. Sustainable Treatment System for Municipal Anaerobic Wastewater Treatment. Co-PI: Daniel H. Zitomer. Xylem, Inc.


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College of Engineering
1515 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233

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