Megan Fuller

Megan Fuller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Chemistry
Email: fullerm@philau.edu

Megan graduated with a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia. She teaches freshman courses (Chemistry I and II) to upper-level Chemistry/Biochemistry major courses: Instrumental Methods of Analysis, Environmental Chemistry, and Quantitative Chemistry. 

Megan's research predominantly focuses on the fate and transport of contaminant compounds in aqueous surface and subsurface systems. She's interested in anthropogenic chemicals as well as nutrient loads derived from agricultural and/or urban applications. Recently, Megan has worked with students to quantify the sorption capacity of the antibiotic drug sulfamethoxazole to sustainably derived biochars (charcoal created through oxygen-deprived heating resulting in a negative carbon dioxide emission).  There is much work to be done in this field to fully understand the sorption behavior of a range of emergent contaminants to biochars and other sustainably sourced solids and to identify their place in urban storm water design.

Awards/Publications

  1. In 2015 Megan received a grant from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers to develop a design-driven laboratory experience to introduce students to the field of Environmental Engineering.

  2. In 2015, Megan collaborated with another Philadelphia University faculty to join NOAA’s Climate Stewards Education Project. Funding from this program was used to develop a participatory action research project to build students’ science literacy around climate change.

  3. In 2016, Megan was awarded a research development grant from Philadelphia University to further her research in the formation and utilization of biochars for removal of emergent contaminants.