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Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Kevin T. Finneran

Finneran
Associate Professor
Off-Campus: 168 Rich Laboratory
342 Computer Court
Anderson, SC 29625-6510
864.656.4202
864.656.0672 FAX
Campus: 312 Biosystems Research Complex (BRC)
105 Collings Street
Clemson, SC  29634
864.656.4143
E-mail: ktf@clemson.edu
Ph.D.  Microbiology, 2001, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
B.S.  Environmental Sciences, 1996, Rutgers University

Classes  |  Publications  |  Honors  |  CV

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Faculty Overview
Kevin Finneran received a B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences (1996) from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Microbiology (2001) at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From 2002 to 2004 Dr. Finneran was an Environmental Microbiologist with GeoSyntec Incorporated in the Boston-Area office. His work at GeoSyntec included both basic research and applied field bioremediation investigations. He was a member of the faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 2004 to 2010. He joined Clemson EEES in the Fall of 2010. Dr. Finneran is a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the American Chemical Society (ACS). He serves on the editorial board of Soil and Sediment Contamination: An International Journal. He is a member of the scientific advisory board for the Association for Environmental Health Sciences (AEHS) bi-annual Contaminated Soils, Sediments, and Water conference, and is co-editor-in-chief for the associated journal. He currently consults for Burns & McDonnell Incorporates, and has served as consultant for The Carus Corporation.  Most recently, Professor Finneran was named a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Science.

Research Overview:

Dr. Finneran’s research focuses on anaerobic microbial ecology, emphasizing basic microbial physiology and its role in biodegradation and biofuel production and how it can be adapted for specific applications. Metabolic pathways, microbial community and population dynamics, and competing factors that influence contaminant fate and transport are investigated using pure cultures, mixed cultures, and contaminated aquifer material. Biofuel production focuses on Clostridium beijerinckii, and how to alter fermentative physiology using external influences, and how different challenges can redirect electron and carbon flow in fermentative metabolism.  Most recently, research has focused on mixed biological-abiotic reactions that drive contaminant transformation both in situ and ex situ, using Fe(III)-reducing microorganisms as well as photosynthetic microbes (Rhodobacter spp.)  Research is conducted with pure cultures and aquifer material at the bench scale and adapted to larger scales when appropriate.

Class Information
For current syllabi, please search the Clemson University Syllabus Respository.

EES 8370 Bioremediation and Biodegradation
EES 8510  Biological Principles in Environmental Engineering
EES 2020  Environmental Engineering Fundamentals II
Selected Publications

Ye, X., X. Zhang, E. Morgenroth, and K.T. Finneran, 2012, Anthrahydroquinone-2,6-disulfonate increases the rate of hydrogen production during Clostridium beijerinckii fermentation with glucose, xylose, and cellobiose, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 37, 11701-11709

Wei, N. and K.T. Finneran, 2013 Low and High Acetate Amendments are Equally as Effective at Promoting Complete Dechlorination of Trichloroethylene (TCE), Biodegradation, 24, 413-425

Azam, H.M. and K.T. Finneran, 2013, Ferric Iron Increases Fe(III)-Reducing Microbial Diversity and Carbon Oxidation in On-Site Wastewater Systems, Chemosphere 90(4), 1435-1443

Ye, X., X. Zhang, E. Morgenroth, and K.T. Finneran, 2013, Exogenous anthrahydroquinone-2,6-disulfonate specifically increases xylose utilization during mixed sugar fermentation by Clostridium beijerinckii NCIMB 8052, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 38, 2719-2727

Millerick, K.A., S.R. Drew, and K.T. Finneran, 2013, Electron Shuttle Mediated Biodegradation of Hexahydro-1,3,5-Trinitro-1,3,5-Triazine (RDX) Adsorbed to Granular Activated Carbon, Environmental Science and Technology, 47:8743-8750

Zhang, X. X. Ye, B. Guo, K.T. Finneran, J. Zilles, and E. Morgenroth, 2013, Lignocellulosic hydrolysates and extracellular electron shuttles for H2 production using co-culture fermentation with Clostridium beijerinckii and Geobacter metallireducens, Bioresource Technology, 147:89-95

Kwon, M.J., N. Wei, K. Millerick, J. Popovic, and K.T. Finneran, 2013, Clostridium geopurificans strain MJ1 sp. nov., a Strictly Anaerobic Bacterium that Grows via Fermentation and Reduces the Cyclic Nitramine Explosive Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX), Current Microbiology, in press

Reinauer, K. J. Popovic, C. Weber, K.A. Millericik, M.J. Kwon, N. Wei, Y. Zhang, and K.T. Finneran, 2013, Hydrogenophaga carboriunda sp. nov., a Tertiary Butyl Alcohol Oxidizing, Psychrotolerant Aerobe Derived from Granular Activated Carbon, Current Microbiology, in press

Azam, H.M. and K.T. Finneran, 2013, Fe(III) Reduction Mediated Phosphorus Removal as Vivianite in Septic System Wastewater, Chemosphere, in press, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.09.032

Awards and Honors

Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), 2012

Speaker, German-American Frontiers of Sciences (GAFOS) Symposium, co-sponsored by the NAS and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AVHF)

University of Illinois Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising, 2009 & 2010, College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

List of Teachers Ranked Excellent by their Students, All semesters Spring 2007 through Fall 2009 (graduate and undergraduate courses)

Best student paper award, Association for Environmental Health Sciences (AEHS) annual east coast conference on contaminated soil, sediment, and water, Amherst, MA, October 2007 (Student: Na Wei), and October 2009 (Student: Kay Dunnett)

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