Carsten Prasse, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, has been named a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Early CAREER Award, which recognizes early-stage scholars with high levels of promise and excellence. Carsten’s award project, “Development of a Novel Approach for the Identification of Toxic Byproducts and their Precursors in Oxidative Drinking Water Treatment,” aims to identify toxic byproducts and their precursors in drinking water treated with chemical oxidants which can adversely impact human health. 
Carsten’s research focuses on the occurrence and fate of organic contaminants in the urban water cycle and their impact on environmental and human health. Current projects include developing new technologies to remove contaminants from wastewater and drinking water, methods to assess the impact of chemical exposures to human health, and investigating the presence of anthropogenic chemicals in manure from concentrated animal feeding operations as well as biosolids generated in municipal wastewater treatment plants.