Assistant Professor
Engineering Hall 411
(414) 288-2161
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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 destruction

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 Publications

Mayer, B.K., Ryan, D. 2017. Impact on disinfection byproducts using advanced oxidation processes for drinking water treatment, Chapter 13. In Gil, A., Galeano, L.A., Vicente, M.A., Eds. Applications of advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) in drinking water treatment. The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry. Springer Nature. Heidelberg, Germany.

Tong, Y., McNamara, P.J., Mayer, B.K. 2017. Fate and impacts of triclosan, sulfamethoxazole, and 17β-estradiol during nutrient recovery via ion exchange and struvite precipitation. Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol. 3, 1109-1119. DOI: 10.1039/C7EW00280G.

Heffron, J., Mayer, B.K. 2016. Emerging Investigator Series: Virus mitigation by coagulation: Recent discoveries and future directions. Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol. 2(3), 443-459. DOI: 10.1039/C6EW00060F.

Mayer, B.K., Baker, L., Boyer, T.H., Drechsel, P., Gifford, M., Hanjra, M.A., Parameswaran, P., Stoltzfus, J., Westerhoff, P., Rittmann, B.E. 2016. Total value of phosphorus recovery. Environ. Sci. Technol. 50, 6606-6620. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01239.

Yang, Y., Ballent, W., Mayer, B.K. 2016. High affinity phosphate binding protein (PBP) for phosphorus recovery: Proof of concept using recombinant Escherichia coli. FEMS Microbiol. Letters. 363(20), 1-6. DOI: 10.1093/femsle/fnw240.

Recent Grants

Mayer, B. 2016-2021. CAREER: Harnessing the power of the phosphate-binding protein PstS to recover phosphorus. National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.

Mayer, B., Young, K. 2017. Waterborne Elizabethkingia disinfection studies in response to ongoing U.S. outbreak. National Science Foundation (NSF). RAPID.

Mayer, B., McNamara, P., Young, K. 2017-2018. Electrocoagulation and electrooxidation to treat microbial and chemical contaminants in small drinking water systems. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems (WINSSS) Emerging Technologies Program.

Mayer, B., Venkiteshwaran, K. 2017. Removal and recovery of ammonia using amtB protein. NSF Water Equipment & Policy (WEP) Industry/University Collaborative Research Center (I/UCRC).

McNamara, P., Mayer, B., Venkiteshwaran, K. 2017. Ultra-low phosphorus regulations: Improving removal of non-reactive phosphorus and downstream dewaterability in bio-P biosolids. NSF Water Equipment & Policy (WEP) Industry/University Collaborative Research Center (I/UCRC).


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