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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Axe, Lisa B.

Contact Info
Title: Professor
Email: lisa.b.axe@njit.edu
Office: 237 Colton
Phone: 973-596-2477
Dept: Civil Environ. Eng.
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About Me

Lisa Axe, PhD, is Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Management and a professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her research interests include: physical and chemical processes in environmental systems, which involves studying contaminant distribution mechanisms, natural and engineered treatment processes, and speciation using noninvasive tools such as X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Current research includes a pilot plant study with emerging contaminants, a NYSDOT project to rapidly characterize waste generated in bridge rehabilitation, and an assessment of the leaching potential from imported glass beads.   

Education

  • PhD in Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • MChE, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • MS in Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • BS in Geoscience and Geochemistry Option, Purdue University

Courses I Teach

DOCT DISSERTATION & RES
DOCT DISSERTATION & RES
WATER CHEMISTRY
INDEPENDENT STUDY
INDEPENDENT STUDY
MASTER'S THESIS
DOCTORAL DISSERT & RES
DOCTORAL DISSERT & RES
DOCTORAL DISSERTATION
DOCTORAL DISSERTATION
DOCTORAL DISSERTATION & RES
DOCTORAL DISSERTATION & RES
PRE-DOCTORAL RESEARCH
MASTERS THESIS
DOCTORAL DISSERTATION
DOCT DISSERTATION & RES

Classes

EnE 262 Introduction to Environmental Engineering 3 credits

EnE 360 Fundamentals of Water and Wastewater Treatment 3 credits Introduction to physical, chemical, and biological processes in water and wastewater treatment. The first part of the course introduces the basic physical, chemical, and biological mechanisms. The second half of the course applies these mechanisms to specific processes in water and wastewater treatment. Prerequisite: Chem 125 and junior standing.

EnE 663 Chemistry for Environmental Engineers 3 credits Understand and model chemical processes in the aquatic environment. Prerequisite: two semesters of undergraduate general chemistry.

EnE 620 Environmental Chemodynamics 3 credits The objective of this course is to introduce students to concepts, mechanisms, and models used to describe the transport of chemicals in the environment. Prerequisites: two semesters of undergraduate general chemistry and two semesters of calculus.

EnE 760 Applied Environmental Soil Chemistry 3 credits Understanding of physical and chemical processes occurring in soils. Emphasis in current research of the subsurface environment. Prerequisite: EnE 663, Math 651 or equivalent.

 


Research Interests

Lisa Axe’s research interests are in biogeochemical processes in environmental systems. Research activities in her group include studies on contaminant distribution mechanisms which involves studying speciation and rate limiting processes in sorption. In studying natural attenuating processes and developing novel treatment systems, Dr. Axe’s group has produced and investigated nanostructured, microporous iron and manganese oxide coatings on silica, clay, and more recently biofilms. Her group employs a suite of complementary techniques to, for example, fundamentally understand and model molecular mechanisms that can then be included in modeling treatment and/or natural processes. One such method is X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) where speciation, distribution, and sorption mechanisms are being investigated in contaminated systems as well as in potentially stabilized, treated sediments.

 

Projects

Funding (in the last 5 y) 

 

PI

United Water

Investigation of the effectiveness of pilot-scale conventional and advanced water treatment processes for removal of unregulated organic compounds

$122,000

06/30/10 to 12/31/11

PI

NYSDOT

Field Methods for Determining Lead Content in Bridge Paint Removal Waste with Kauser Jahan, Rowan University

$367,578

11/01/09 to 08/31/12

Co-PI

NJ DOT

Heavy Metal Contamination in Highway Marking Beads with PI Kauser Jahan, Rowan University

$340,000

01/05/08 to 12/31/10

 

PI

NJWRRI

Dredged Sediments and the Impact of Their Reuse in Stabilized Phosphate

$5,000

06/01/07 to 12/31/08

Co-PI

NSF – Advance

More than the Sum of Its Parts: Advancing Women at NJIT through Collaborative Research Networks with PI Nancy Steffen-Fluhr, Sima Bagheri, Z. H. Michalopoulou, and Priscilla Nelson, NJIT

$778,000

09/01/06 to 8/31/09

PI

Solvay

Dredged Sediments and the Impact of Their Reuse in Stabilized Phosphate: An Assessment of Process Optimization and Contaminant Speciation in the Resultant Product with Dan Watts, NJIT

$80,000

06/06/05 to 06/05/08

 

 


Referred Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications in the last 6 y

 

Ndiba, P., Axe, L. B. 2010, Risk to Groundwater Assessment of Phosphate and Thermal Treated Dredged Sediments, Journal of Environmental Engineering, 136(4), 427-434.

 

Ndiba, P., Axe, L. B. 2009, Sequential Extraction of Phosphate and Thermal Treated New York/New Jersey Harbor Dredged Sediments, Environmental Engineering Science, 26(12), 1755-1764.

 

Michalopoulou, Z.-H., Bagheri, S., Axe, L. B. 2009, Bayesian Estimation of Optical Properties of Nearshore Estuarine Waters: A Gibbs Sampling Approach. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 47(11), 1579-1587.

 

Boonfueng, T., Axe, L., Yee, N., Hahn, D., and Ndiba, P. 2009, Zn sorption mechanisms onto sheathed Leptothrix Discophora and the impact of the nanoparticulate biogenic Mn oxide coating, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 333: 439-447.

 

Ndiba, P. K., Axe, L. 2009, Metal speciation in phosphate and thermal stabilization of contaminated dredged sediments In Contemporary Topics in Ground Modification, Problem Soils, and Geo-Support (GSP 187) Iskander, M., Laefer, D. F., Hussein, M. H. eds. American Society of Civil Engineers, pp 512-519.

 

Ndiba, P., Axe, L., Boonfueng, T. 2008, Heavy Metal Immobilization through Phosphate and Thermal Treatment of Dredged Sediments, Environmental Science & Technology 42(3), 920-926. 

 

Trivedi, P., Axe, L., 2007, Long-Term Fate of Metal Contaminants in Soils and Sediments: Role of Intraparticle Diffusion in Hydrous Metal Oxides in Natural Attenuation of Trace Element Availability in Soils, Ed. (R. Hamon, M. McLaughlin, E. Lombi), Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, CRC Taylor & Francis, NY.

 

Xu, Y., Axe, L., Boonfueng, T., Tyson, T. A., Trivedi, P., Pandya, K. 2007, Ni(II) complexation to amorphous hydrous ferric oxide: An X-ray absorption spectroscopy study, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 314: 10-17.

 

Boonfueng, T., Axe, L., Xu, Y., Tyson, T.  A.  2006, Nickel and Lead Sequestration in Manganese Oxide-Coated Montmorillonite,  Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 303(1): 87-98.

 

Maeng, S., Axe, L., Tyson, T. A., Gladczuk, L., Sosnowski, M. 2006, Corrosion Behavior of Magnetron Sputtered a- and b-Ta Coatings on AISI 4340 Steel as a Function of Coating Thickness, Journal of Corrosion Science 48: 2154-2171.

 

Xu, Y., Axe, L., Yee, N., Dyer, J. A. 2006, Surface Complexation Modeling of Heavy Metal Adsorption and Competition on Goethite, Environmental Science & Technology 40(7): 2213-2218.

 

Xu, Y., Boonfueng, T., Axe, L., Maeng, S., Tyson, T. A. 2006, Surface Complexation of Pb(II) on Amorphous Iron Oxide and Manganese Oxide: Spectroscopic and Time Studies,  Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 299(1): 28-40.

 

Maeng, S., Axe, L., Tyson, T. A., Gladczuk, L., Sosnowski, M. 2006, Corrosion Behavior of Magnetron Sputtered a-Ta Coatings on AISI 4340 Steel on Smooth and Rough Steel, Surface and Coatings Technology 200(20-21): 5717-5724.

 

Maeng, S., Axe, L., Tyson, T. A. 2006, Corrosion Behavior of Electrodeposited and Sputtered Cr Coatings and Sputtered Ta Coatings with a and b Phases, Surface and Coatings Technology 200(20-21): 5767-5724.

 

Boonfueng, T., Axe, L., Xu, Y., Fan, M. 2005, The impact of Mn oxide coatings on Zn distribution, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 298(2): 615-623.

 

Jiang, A., Tyson, T. A., Axe, L. 2005, The Structure of Small Ta Clusters, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 17(39): 6111-6121.

 

Jiang, A., Tyson, T. A., Axe, L. 2005, The stability of the β phase of tantalum: a molecular dynamics study, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 17(12), 1841-1850. 

 

Fan, M., Thongsri, T., Axe, L., Tyson, T. A. 2005, Using a probabilistic approach in an ecological risk assessment simulation tool: test case for depleted uranium (DU), Chemosphere 60, 111-125.

 

Jiang, A., Tyson, T. A., Axe, L., Gladczuk, L., Sosnowski, M., Coate, P. 2005, The structure and stability of β-Ta thin films, Thin Solid Films 479(1-2), 166-173.

 

Maeng, S., Axe, L., Tyson, T., Jiang, A. 2005, An Investigation of Structures of Thermal and Anodic Tantalum Oxide Films, Journal of the Electrochemical Society 152(2), B60-B64.

 

Xu, Y., Axe, L. 2005, Synthesis and Characterization of Iron Oxide-Coated Silica and Its Effect on Metal Adsorption, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 282(1), 11-19.

 

Boonfueng, T., Axe, L., Xu, Y. 2005, Properties and structure of manganese oxide-coated clay, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 281(1), 80-92.

 

Fan, M., Boonfueng, T., Xu, Y., Axe, L., Tyson, T. A. 2005, Modeling Pb Sorption to Microporous Amorphous Oxides as Discrete Particles and Coatings, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 281(1) 39-48.

 

 

Conference Proceedings

 

 

Boonfueng, T., and Axe, L., 2004, Adsorption of Heavy Metals on Manganese Oxide Coated Clay, Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium on Water-Rock Interactions, (Ed. Wanty, R.B. and Seal, R.R.II), Taylor & Francis Group plc, London, UK, 1259-1263.

 

Xu, Y., and Axe, L., 2004, Characterization and Pb adsorption to iron oxide-coated silica, Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium on Water-Rock Interactions (Ed. Wanty, R.B. and Seal, R.R.II), Taylor & Francis Group plc, London, UK, 1425-1429.

 

Yossapoll, C., Caudill, R., Axe, L., Dickinson, D., Watts, D., and  Mosovsky, J., 2002Carrying capacity estimates for assessing environmental performance and sustainability Electronics and the Environment, 2002 IEEE International Symposium, 6-9 May 2002 , 32 – 37.

 

Upadhya, H., Axe, L., Trivedi, P., Dyer, J. A., Competitive adsorption studies of Ni, Zn, and Ca to goethite: Single, binary, and tertiary systems, Hazard. Ind. Wastes (2000), 32nd, 767-776. 

 

Lu, H., Thongsri, T., Jing, X., Axe, L., Tyson, T. A. Computer simulation tools for ecological risk assessments, Hazard. Ind. Wastes  (2000), 32nd, 93-102. 

 

Dowd, B. A., Campbell, G. H., Marr, R. B., Nagarkar, V., Tipnis, S., Axe, L., and D. P. Siddons, 1999, Developments in synchrotron x-ray computed microtomography at the National Synchrotron Light Source, Proceedings of the 44th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Optical Engineering Conference, vol. 3727, pp. 224-236, Denver, CO.