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Treavor Boyer

Treavor Boyer
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Associate Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Program Chair, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

thboyer@asu.edu

School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Arizona State University
PO Box 873005
Tempe, AZ 85287-3005

Dr. Treavor Boyer is an associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) at Arizona State University. His research is broadly focused on water sustainability, and spans drinking water and wastewater treatment, and natural aquatic systems. His engineering passion is to develop robust approaches to the treatment of water at various stages in its lifecycle so as to maximize water conservation, recover valuable materials, sequester harmful contaminants, minimize the production of waste byproducts, and advance the water–energy–food nexus. He strongly supports taking a systems-thinking approach to water quality and treatment that considers global drivers such as urbanization, climate change, biogeochemical cycles, sustainable engineering, and disruptive innovation. In 2012, he earned an National Science Foundation CAREER award for his efforts toward using urine source separation and treatment as catalysis for new research directions in wastewater treatment and resource recovery. Other research interests include innovative ion exchange treatment and regeneration for small drinking water systems, and impacts of sea-level rise and seawater intrusion on drinking water treatment and disinfection. In addition to his research interests, he is currently leading the creation of the new Environmental Engineering undergraduate degree program, housed in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and will direct this program through his role as Program Chair. Dr. Boyer earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Florida. Dr. Boyer was previously an Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences at the University of Florida.

PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2008

MS, Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2004

BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, 2002

Journal Articles

2017

Foster, J. T., Y. Hu and T. H. Boyer. 2017. Affinity of potassium-form cation exchange resin for alkaline earth and transition metals. Separation and Purification Technology 175(Mar):229-237. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2016.11.034. (link )

2016

Crippen, K. J., T. H. Boyer, M. Korolev, T. de Torres, P. J. Brucat and C. Wu. 2016. Research and Teaching: Transforming discussion in general chemistry with authentic experiences for engineering students. Journal of College Science Teaching 5(75-83):. (link )

de Torres, T. and T. H. Boyer. 2016. Fluorescence, absorbance, and ion exchange: coupling analysis with water treatment for improved insight on copper complexation with natural organic matter. Desalinization and Water Treatment 57(14):6290-6301. DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2015.1005694. (link )

Hu, Y., J. Foster and T. H. Boyer. 2016. Selectivity of bicarbonate-form anion exchange for drinking water contaminants: Influence of resin properties. Separation and Purification Technology 163(May):128-139. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2016.02.030. (link )

Ishii, S. K. and T. H. Boyer. 2016. Student support and perceptions of urine source separation in a university community. Water Research 100(Sep):146-156. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2016.05.004. (link )

Jian, Q., T. H. Boyer, X. Yang, B. Xia and X. Yang. 2016. Characteristics and DBP formation of dissolved organic matter from leachates of fresh and aged leaf litter. Chemosphere 152(Jun):335-344. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.02.107. (link )

Landry, K. A. and T. H. Boyer. 2016. Life cycle assessment and costing of urine source separation: Focus on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug removal. Water Research 105(Nov):487-495. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2016.09.024. (link )

Mayer, B. K., L. A. Baker, T. H. Boyer, P. Dreschel, M. Gifford, M. A. Hanjra, P. Parameswaran, J. Stoltzfus, P. Westerhoff and B. E. Rittmann. 2016. Total value of phosphorus recovery. Environmental Science & Technology 50(13):6606-6620. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01239. (link )

Sindelar, H. R., J. Lloyd, M. T. Brown and T. H. Boyer. 2016. Transformation of dissolved organic phosphorus to phosphate using UV/H2O2. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy 35(3):680-691. DOI: 10.1002/ep.12272. (link )

2015

Amini, A., Y. Kim, J. Zhang, T. H. Boyer and Q. Zhang. 2015. Evaluation and economic sustainability of ion exchange drinking water treatment for organics removal. Journal of Cleaner Production 104(Oct):413-421. DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.05.056. (link )

Boyer, T. H. 2015. Removal of dissolved organic matter by magnetic ion exchange resin. Current Pollution Reports 1(3):142-154. DOI: 10.1007/s40726-015-0012-2. (link )

Crippen, K., C. Wu, T. Boyer, T. de Torres, P. Brucat and M. Korolev. 2015. A design-based apprenticeship approach to transform freshman chemistry for engineering students. QScience Proceedings 2015(Engineering Leaders Conference 2014):71. DOI: 10.5339/qproc.2015.elc2014.71. (link )

Ged, E. C., P. A. Chadik and T. H. Boyer. 2015. Predictive capability of chlorination disinfection byproducts models. Journal of Environmental Management 149(Feb):253-262. DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.10.014. (link )

Ishii, S. K. and T. H. Boyer. 2015. Life cycle comparison of centralized wastewater treatment and urine source separation with struvite precipitation: Focus on urine nutrient management. Water Research 79(Aug):88-103. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2015.04.010. (link )

Ishii, S. K., T. H. Boyer, D. A. Cornwell and S. H. Via. 2015. Public perceptions of direct potable reuse in four US cities. Journal American Water Works Association 107(11):E559-E570. DOI: 10.5942/jawwa.2015.107.0132. (link )

Landry, K. A., P. Sun, C. Huang and T. H. Boyer. 2015. Ion-exchange selectivity of diclofenac, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, and naproxen in ureolyzed human urine. Water Research 68(Jan):510-521. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.09.056. (link )

O'Neal, J. A. and T. H. Boyer. 2015. Phosphorus recovery from urine and anaerobic digester filtrate: Comparison of adsorption–precipitation with direct precipitation. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology 1(4):481-492. DOI: 10.1039/C5EW00009B. (link )

Rokicki, C. A. and T. H. Boyer. 2015. Effect of divalent metal cations on contaminant removal by bicarbonate-form anion exchange resin. Separation Science and Technology 50(15):2284-2294. DOI: 10.1080/01496395.2015.1056358. (link )

Saetta, D., S. K. Ishii, W. E. Pine III and T. H. Boyer. 2015. Case study and life cycle assessment of a coastal utility facing saltwater intrusion. Journal American Water Works Association 107(10):E543-E558. DOI: 10.5942/jawwa.2015.107.0148. (link )

Sindelar, H. R., M. T. Brown and T. H. Boyer. 2015. Effects of natural organic matter on calcium and phosphorus co-precipitation. Chemosphere 138(Nov):218-224. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.05.008. (link )

Sindelar, H. R., J. N. Yap, T. H. Boyer and M. T. Brown. 2015. Algae scrubbers for phosphorus removal in impaired waters. Ecological Engineering 85(Dec):144-158. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2015.09.002. (link )

Zhang, J., A. Amini, J. A. O'Neal, T. H. Boyer and Q. Zhang. 2015. Development and validation of a novel modeling framework integrating ion exchange and resin regeneration for water treatment. Water Research 84(Nov):255-265. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2015.07.027. (link )

Zhang, R., P. Sun, T. H. Boyer, L. Zhao and C. Huang. 2015. Degradation of pharmaceuticals and metabolite in synthetic human ruine by UV, UV/H2O2, and UV/PDS. Environmental Science & Technology 49(5):3056-3066. (link )

2014

Boyer, T. H., K. Taylor, A. Reed and D. Smith. 2014. Ion-exchange softening of human urine to control precipitation. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy 33(2):564-571. DOI: 10.1002/ep.11825. (link )

Comstock, S. E. and T. H. Boyer. 2014. Combined magnetic ion exchange and cation exchange for removal of DOC and hardness. Chemcial Engineering Journal 241(Apr):366-375. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2013.10.073. (link )

Ged, E. C. and T. H. Boyer. 2014. Effect of seawater intrusion on formation of bromine-containing trihalomethanes and haloacetic acids during chlorination. Desalination 345(Jul):85-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2014.04.021. (link )

Indarawis, K. and T. H. Boyer. 2014. Evaluation of ion exchange pretreatment options to decrease fouling of a reverse osmosis membrane. Desalinization and Water Treatment 52(25-27):4603-4611. DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2013.867416. (link )

Kisekka, I., K. W. Migliaccio, R. Munoz-Carpena, B. Shaffer, T. H. Boyer and Y. Li. 2014. Simulating water table response to proposed changes in surface water management in the C-111 agricultural basin of south Florida. Agricultural Water Management 146(Dec):185-200. DOI: 10.1016/j.agwat.2014.08.005. (link )

Maul, G. A., Y. Kim, A. Amini, Q. Zhang and T. H. Boyer. 2014. Efficiency and life cycle environmental impacts of ion-exchange regeneration using sodium, potassium, chloride, and bicarbonate salts. Chemical Engineering Journal 254(Oct):198-209. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2014.05.086. (link )

Sindelar, H. R., M. T. Brown and T. H. Boyer. 2014. Evaluating UV/H2O2, UV/perchlorate, and UV/perborate for natural organic matter reduction from alternative water sources. Chemosphere 105(Jun):112-118. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.12.040. (link )

2013

Carey, R. O., G. J. Hochmuth, C. J. Martinez, T. H. Boyer, M. D. Dukes, G. S. Toor and J. L. Cisar. 2013. Evaluating nutrient impacts in urban watersheds: Challenges and research opportunities. Environmental Pollution 173(Feb):138-149. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2012.10.004. (link )

Ged, E. C. and T. H. Boyer. 2013. Molecular weight distribution of phosphorus fraction of aquatic dissolved organic matter. Chemosphere 91(7):921-927. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2013.01.113. (link )

Indarawis, K. and T. H. Boyer. 2013. Superposition of anion and cation exchange for removal of natural water ions. Separation and Purification Technology 118(Oct):112-119. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2013.06.044. (link )

Kisekka, I., K. W. Migliaccio, R. Munoz-Carpena, Y. Khare and T. H. Boyer. 2013. Sensitivity analysis and parameter estimation for an approximate analytical model of canal-aquifer interaction applied in the C-III Basin. Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 56(3):977-992. DOI: 10.13031/trans.56.10037. (link )

Landry, K. A. and T. H. Boyer. 2013. Diclofenac removal in urin using strong-base anion exchange polymer resins. Water Research 47(17):6432-6444. DOI: 0.1016/j.watres.2013.08.015. (link )

O'Neal, J. A. and T. H. Boyer. 2013. Phosphate recovery using hybrid anion exchange: Applications to source-separated urine and combined wastewater streams. Water Research 47(14):5003-5017. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2013.05.037. (link )

Palomino, P. A. and T. H. Boyer. 2013. Magnetic ion exchange (MIEX) treatment of surface water, groundwater, and landfill leachate wastewater: Effect on organic matter fluoresence. Separation Science and Technology 48(15):2277-2286. DOI: 10.1080/01496395.2013.805227. (link )

Sendrowski, A. and T. H. Boyer. 2013. Phosphate removal from urine using hybrid anion exchange resin. Desalinization 322(Aug):104-112. DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2013.05.014. (link )

Wang, Y., S. Sikora, H. Kim, T. H. Boyer, J. Bonzongo and T. G. Townsend. 2013. Effects of solution chemistry on the removal reaction between calcium carbonate-based materials and Fe(II). Science of the Total Environment 443(Jan):717-724. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.11.009. (link )

2012

Boyer, T. H., C. Overdevest, L. Christiansen and S. K. Ishii. 2012. Expert stakeholder attitudes and support for alternative water sources in a groundwater depleted region. Science of the Total Environment 437(Oct):245-254. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.07.067. (link )

Carey, R. O., G. J. Hochmuth, C. J. Martinez, T. H. Boyer, V. D. Nair, M. D. Dukes, G. S. Toor, A. L. Shober, J. L. Cisar, L. E. Trenholm and J. B. Sartain. 2012. A review of turfgrass fertilizer management practices: Implications for urban water quality. HortTechnology 22(3):280-291. (link )

Carey, R. O., G. J. Hochmuth, C. J. Martinez, T. H. Boyer, V. D. Nair, M. D. Dukes, G. S. Toor, A. L. Shober, J. L. Cisar, L. E. Trenholm and J. B. Sartain. 2012. Regulatory and resource management practices for urban watersheds: The Florida experience. HortTechnology 22(4):418-429. (link )

Indarawis, K. and T. H. Boyer. 2012. Alkaline earth metal cation exchange: Effect of mobile counterion and dissolved organic matter. Environmental Science & Technology 46(8):4591-4598. DOI: 10.1021/es204289c. (link )

Ishii, S. K. and T. H. Boyer. 2012. Behavior of reoccurring PARAFAC components in fluorescent dissolved organic matter in natural and engineered systems: A critical review. Environmental Science & Technology 46(4):2006-2017. DOI: 10.1021/es2043504. (link )

Qi, S., L. C. Schideman and T. H. Boyer. 2012. Determining minimum ion exchange resin usage for NOM removal. Journal of Environmental Engineering 138(10):1058-1066. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0000569#sthash.IqhunE06.dpuf. (link )

Singh, S. K., T. G. Townsend and T. H. Boyer. 2012. Evaluation of coagulation (FeCl3) and anion exchange (MIEX) for stabilized landfill leachate treatment and high-pressure membrane pretreatment. Separation and Purification Technology 96(Aug):98-106. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2012.05.014. (link )

Singh, S. K., T. G. Townsend, D. Mazyck and T. H. Boyer. 2012. Equilibrium and intra-particle diffusion of stabilized landfill leachate onto micro- and meso-porous activated carbon. Water Research 46(2):491-499. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2011.11.007. (link )

Willison, H. and T. H. Boyer. 2012. Secondary effects of anion exchange on chloride, sulfate, and lead release: Systems approach to corrosion control. Water Research 46(7):2385-2394. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2012.02.010. (link )

2011

Boyer, T. H., K. C. Graf, S. E. Comstock and T. G. Townsend. 2011. Magnetic ion exchange treatment of stabilized landfill leachate. Chemosphere 83(9):1220-1227. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2011.03.040. (link )

Boyer, T. H., A. Persaud, P. Banerjee and P. Palomino. 2011. Comparison of low-cost and engineered materials for phosphorus removal from organic-rich surface water. Water Research 45(16):4803-4814. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2011.06.020. (link )

Comstock, S. E., T. H. Boyer and K. C. Graf. 2011. Treatment of nanofiltration and reverse osmosis concentrates: Comparison of precipitative softening, coagulation, and anion exchange. Water Research 45(16):4855-4865. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2011.06.035. (link )

Ishii, S. K. and T. H. Boyer. 2011. Evaluating the secondary effects of magnetic ion exchange: Focus on corrosion potential in the distribution system. Desalination 274(1-3):31-38. DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2011.01.061. (link )

Rokicki, C. A. and T. H. Boyer. 2011. Bicarbonate-form anion exchange: Affinity, regeneration, and stoichiometry. Water Research 45(3):1329-1337. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2010.10.018. (link )

Walker, K. M. and T. H. Boyer. 2011. Long-term performance of bicarbonate-form anion exchange: Removal of dissolved organic matter and bromide from the St. Johns River, FL, USA. Water Research 45(9):2875-2886. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2011.03.004. (link )

2010

Apell, J. N. and T. H. Boyer. 2010. Combined ion exchange treatment for removal of dissolved organic matter and hardness. Water Research 44(8):2419-2430. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2010.01.004. (link )

Boyer, T. H., C. T. Miller and P. C. Singer. 2010. Advances in modeling completely mixed flow reactors for ion exchange. Journal of Environmental Engineering 136(10):1128-1138. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0000241#sthash.5CtkXpWT.dpuf. (link )

Bu, S., J. Huang, T. H. Boyer and C. T. Miller. 2010. An evaluation of solution algorithms and numerical approximation methods for modeling an ion exchange process. Journal of Computational Physics 229(13):4996-5010. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcp.2010.03.021. (link )

Comstock, S. E., T. H. Boyer, K. C. Graf and T. G. Townsend. 2010. Effect of landfill characteristics on leachate organic matter properties and coagulation treatability. Chemosphere 81(7):976-983. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2010.07.030. (link )

2009

Singer, P. C., T. H. Boyer, A. Holmquist, J. Morran and M. Bourke. 2009. Integrated analysis of NOM removal by magnetic ion exchange. Journal American Water Works Association 101(1):65-73. (link )

2008

Boyer, T. H., C. T. Miller and P. C. Singer. 2008. Modeling the removal of dissolved organic carbon by ion exchange in a completely mixed flow reactor. Water Research 42(8-9):1897-1906. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2007.11.018. (link )

Boyer, T. H. and P. C. Singer. 2008. Removal of natural organic material by a magnetic ion exchange resin. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply 8(2):167-172. DOI: 10.2166/ws.2008.052. (link )

Boyer, T. H., P. C. Singer and G. R. Aiken. 2008. Removal of dissolved organic matter by anion exchange: Effect of dissolved organic matter properties. Environmental Science & Technology 42(19):7431-7437. DOI: 10.1021/es800714d. (link )

Chow, A. T., D. M. Leech, T. H. Boyer and P. C. Singer. 2008. Impact of simulated solar irradiation on disinfection byproduct precursors. Environmental Science & Technology 42(15):5586-5593. DOI: 10.1021/es800206h. (link )

2007

Boyer, T. H. and P. C. Singer. 2007. Stoichiometry of removal of natural organic matter by ion exchange. Environmental Science & Technology 42(2):608-613. DOI: 10.1021/es071940n. (link )

2006

Boyer, T. H. and P. C. Singer. 2006. A pilot-scale evaluation of magentic ion exchange treatment for removal of natural organic material and inorganic anions. Water Research 40(15):2865-2876. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2006.05.022. (link )

2005

Boyer, T. H. and P. C. Singer. 2005. Bench-scale testing of a magnetic ion exchange resin for removal of disinfection by-product precursors. Water Research 39(7):1265-1276. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2005.01.002. (link )

Book Chapters

2015

Boyer, T. H. 2015. Meta-analysis of trihalomethane formation models and application to bromide intrusion. Pp. 97-116 In: Karanfil, T., B. Mitch, P. K. Westerhoff and Y. Xie eds., Recent Advances in Disinfection By-Products. Vol 1190. American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/bk-2015-1190.ch006. ISBN: 13: 9780841230767. (link )

2014

Boyer, T. H. 2014. Physical-chemical processes for nitrogen removal. Pp. 163-195 In: Ahuja, S. ed., Comprehensive Water Quality and Purification. Vol 3. Wastewater Treatment and Reuse. Elsevier Inc.. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-382182-9.00085-2. ISBN: 978-0-12-382183-6. (link )