Chemistry Department Faculty

Dr. MilliganDr. Michael S. Milligan
Associate Professor of Chemistry
218 Houghton Hall
SUNY College at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Tel: (716) 673-3500
Fax: (716) 673-3347
Michael.Milligan@Fredonia.edu

 

Research

(1) Impact of In- and Out-of-State Power Plants on Semivolatile Pollutants in New York State

The objective of this project is to measure the concentrations of airborne particulate matter, including its semivolatile components, such as nitrate, sulfate, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and gas-phase metallic and reactive gaseous mercury. Ultimately, we hope determine the impact of in-state and out-of-state power plants and other sources on the concentrations of these species measured in New York State. In Stockton, NY - about 16 miles from the SUNY Fredonia campus - we are operating a field sampling site deploying four different samplers designed to collect the chemical species listed above. This project is funded by the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), and is in collaboration with Tom Holsen (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Phil Hopke (Department of Chemisty) at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.

(2) Deposition and Ambient Concentrations of Semivolatile Organic Pollutants in the Lake Ontario Region

The transport of semivolatile compounds is of international concern and abundant data currently exists to confirm the long distance transport of these contaminants to areas hundreds and thousands of kilometers from the origin. However, the role of volatilization and atmospheric deposition of these compounds for large bodies of water are still not well understood. In this work, we have established a land-based field sampling site on the shore of Lake Ontario, near Oswego, NY, where we are sampling for compounds such as PCBs, dioxins, and mercury. In addition, last April we completed a ten day cruise of Lake Ontario on the EPA research vessel Lake Guardian, and we are repeating this cruise in the fall of this year. While on the ship, we are taking daily samples of air, lake water, and precipitation for all of the above chemical species. Our ultimate goal is to try to understand the role that Lake Ontario plays in the cycling of these contaminants in the environment. This project is being funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and is in collaboration with Tom Holsen (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) at Clarkson University, and James Pagano (Environmental Research Center) at SUNY Oswego.

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