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  1. Herkert, N., Kassotis,C., Zhang, S., Han, Y., Pulikkal, V.F., Sun, M., Ferguson, P. L., Stapleton, H. ” Characterization of polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) present in commercial anti-fog products and their in vitro adipogenic activity”. Environmental Science & Technology. 2022, 56(2), 1162–1173.
  2. Liu, Y., Sun, M. “Ion exchange removal and resin regeneration to treat per- and polyfluoroalkyl ether acids and other emerging pfas in drinking water”, Water Research, 2021, 207, 117781
  3. Han, Y., Pulikkal, V.F., Sun, M. “Comprehensive validation of the adsorbable organic fluorine analysis and performance comparison of current methods for total per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in water samples”, ACS ES&T Water, 2021, 1(6), 1474–1482
  4. Liu, Z., Bentel, M.J., Yu, Y., Ren, C., Gao, J., Pulikkal, V.F., Sun, M., Men, Y., Liu, J. “Near-quantitative defluorination of perfluorinated and fluorotelomer carboxylates and sulfonates with integrated oxidation and reduction”, Environmental Science & Technology, 2021, 55 (10), 7052-7062
  5. Zhou, J., Baumann, K., Mead, R.N., Skrabal, S., Kieber, R., Avery, G., Shimizu, M.S., DeWitt, J.C., Sun, M., Vance, S.A., Bodnar, W., Zhang, Z., Collins, L.B., Surratt, J.D., Turpin, B.J., “PFOS dominates PFAS composition in ambient fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) collected across North Carolina nearly 20 years after the end of its us production”, Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 2021, 23 (4), 580-587
  6. Silva, A.O.D, Armitage, J.M., Bruton, T.A., Dassuncao, C., Heiger-Bernays, W., Hu, X.C., Kärrman, A., Kelly, B., Ng, C., Robuck, A., Sun, M., Webster, T.F., Sunderland, E.M., “PFAS exposure pathways for humans and wildlife: a synthesis of current knowledge and key gaps in understanding”, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2021, 40 (3), 631-657
  7. He, H., Sun, M., Wu, D., Di, G., Fei, X. “Cu(III) generation and air sparging extend catalytic effectiveness of Cu2S/H2O2 from neutral to acidic condition: performance and mechanism in comparison with CuS/ H2O2”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2021, 278(1), 123572
  8. Zhang, C., Maness, J.C., Cuthbertson, A.A., Kimura, S.Y., Liberatore, H.K., Richardson, S.D., Stanford, B.D., Sun, M., Knappe, D.R.U. “Treating water containing elevated bromide and iodide levels with granular activated carbon and free chlorine: impacts on disinfection byproduct formation and calculated toxicity”, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 2020,6, 3460-3475
  9. Lou, Z., Zhou, J., Sun, M., Xu, J., Yang, K., Lv, D. Zhao, Y., Xu, X., “MnO2 enhances electrocatalytic hydrodechlorination by Pd/Ni foam electrodes and reduces Pd needs”, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2018, 352 (15), 549-557
  10. Hopkins, Z.R., Sun M., DeWitt, J.C., Knappe, D.R.U. “Recently detected drinking water contaminants: Genx and other per- and polyfluoroalkyl ether acids” Journal of the American Water Works Association, 2018, 110 (7), 13-28 (Top downloaded paper of 2018-2019 of the journal)
  11. Hao Z., Sun M., Ducoste J., Benson C.H., Luettich S., Castaldi M.J., Barlaz M.A. “Heat generation and accumulation in municipal solid waste landfills” Environmental Science & Technology, 2017, 51 (21), 12434-12442
  12. Sun, M., Arevalo, E., Strynar, M., Lindstrom, A., Richardson, M., Kearns, B., Smith, C., Pickett, A., and Knappe, D.R.U. “Legacy and emerging perfluoroalkyl substances are important drinking water contaminants in the Cape Fear River Watershed of North Carolina.” Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 2016, 3(12), 415–419 (Best paper of 2016 of the journal)
  13. Sun, W., Sun, M. and Barlaz, M.A., “Characterizing the biotransformation of sulfur-containing wastes in simulated landfill reactors.” Waste Management, 2016, 53, 82–91.
  14. Sun, M., Lopez-Velandia, C. and Knappe, D.R.U. “Determination of 1,4-dioxane in the Cape Fear River watershed by heated purge-and-trap preconcentration and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry.” Environmental Science & Technology, 2016. 50(5), 2246–2254
  15. Sun, M., Sun, W. and Barlaz, M.A., “A batch assay to measure microbial hydrogen sulfide production from sulfur-containing solid wastes.” Science of the Total Environment, 2016, Volumes 551–552, 23–31
  16. Sun, M., Lowry, G. V. and Gregory, K. B. “Selective oxidation of bromide in wastewater brines from hydraulic fracturing.” Water Research. 2013, 47 (11), 3723-3731
  17. Sun, M., Reible, D. D., Lowry, G. V. and Gregory, K. B. “Effect of applied voltage, initial concentration and natural organic matter on sequential reduction/oxidation of nitrobenzene by graphite electrodes.” Environmental Science & Technology. 2012, 46 (11), 6174-6181
  18. Sun, M., Yan, F., Zhang, R., Reible, D. D., Lowry, G. V. and Gregory, K. B. “Redox control and hydrogen production in sediment caps using carbon cloth electrodes.” Environmental Science & Technology. 2010, 44 (21), 8209-8215



  1. Tian, Q., Sun, M., “Analysis of GenX and Other Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Environmental Water Samples”, book chapter in “Evaluating Water Quality to Prevent Future Disasters” (Ahuja, S. Ed.), Separation Science and Technology, 2019, vol 11, pg 355-370
  2. Sun, M., Sun, W. and Barlaz, M.A., “Development of Methods to Measure the Hydrogen Sulfide Production Potential of Sulfur-Containing Wastes.” 2018, Environmental Research and Education Foundation
  3. Knappe, D.R.U., Lopez-Velandia, C., Hopkins, Z., and Sun, M., “Occurrence of 1, 4-Dioxane in the Cape Fear River Watershed and Effectiveness of Water Treatment Options for 1, 4-Dioxane Control.” 2016, NC Water Resources Research Institute
  4. Knappe, D.R.U., Ingham, R. S., Moreno-Barbosa, J. J., Sun, M., Summers, R. S. and Dougherty, T. “Evaluation of Henry’s Law Constants and Freundlich Adsorption Constants for VOCs.” 2016, Water Research Foundation.