Anthony Straub, Assistant ProfessorStraub_2021

Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering Program

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  • Postdoc, Materials Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • PhD, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Yale University
  • MSc & MPhil, Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Yale University
  • BS, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Anthony Straub is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental Engineering Program at the University of Colorado Boulder and is rostered in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering.  Dr. Straub obtained his B.S. in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He earned his Ph.D., M.Sc., and M.Phil. at Yale University in the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.  His doctoral research focused on next-generation membrane-based processes for energy production.  Prior to starting at Boulder, Dr. Straub worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology supported by a Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.  Outside of the office, Dr. Straub enjoys trail running, cycling, swimming, and other outdoor activities.

Sangsuk LeeSangsuk Lee

Ph.D Student, Environmental Engineering

Sangsuk Lee is a Ph.D. student who joined the University of Colorado Boulder in Fall 2019. He received his B.S. and M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Korea University and Carnegie Mellon University, respectively. During his B.S. and M.S. work, he ran experiments to develop a new fouling control method for forward osmosis and built data-driven models to elucidate the impacts of various factors on membrane selectivity. Currently, he is working on modeling and experimental characterization of membrane processes that can overcome the permeability and selectivity limitations of conventional systems. Other than research, he enjoys walking, watching YouTube, visiting hot springs, and scuba diving.

Duong Nguyen
Duong Nguyen

Ph.D. Student, Environmental Engineering

Duong Nguyen has been a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering at University of Colorado Boulder since Fall 2019, working with Prof. Straub on advanced membrane materials for water treatment and sustainable energy conversion.  He received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Vietnam National University, Hanoi and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University. During his M.S. work, he investigated the fate and reactions of oxyanions in groundwater, removal of halide ions using amended lime softening, treatment of taste and odor micro-pollutants, and photocatalytic degradation of trace organic contaminants by UV-based advanced oxidation in a pilot-scale system. In his leisure time, he goes fishing, hiking, and running, and also enjoys playing soccer and badminton.

Elizabeth HjelvikElizabeth Hjelvik

Ph.D. Student, Materials Science and Engineering

Elizabeth began her Ph.D. program at CU in the Material Science and Engineering department in the Fall of 2019. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of New Mexico. During her undergraduate career she researched how synthetic parameters affected silica nanoparticle material characteristics. After graduating, she worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory as a post baccalaureate intern where she focused on functionalizing polymer surfaces with functional chemistries for robust biosensing applications. Currently, she is investigating how to modify membrane surfaces with vapor phase chemistry methods. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, drawing, cooking, climbing, and hiking. 

Kian LopezKian Lopez

Ph.D. Student, Environmental Engineering

Kian Lopez is a first year Ph.D. student who joined the University of Colorado Boulder in Fall 2020. He received a B.S in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin where he worked on the synthesis and transport properties of ion exchange membranes. He is currently working on testing the effects of fouling on novel hydrophobic membranes to be used in water reuse and desalination applications. He typically spends his free time running, backpacking, boxing, climbing, and cooking.

Trisha NickersonTrisha Nickerson

Ph.D. Student, Chemical Engineering, Co-Advised with Prof. Michael Toney

Trisha joined the Chemical Engineering Ph.D. program at CU in Fall 2020. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky where she conducted research on graphene oxide membranes for removal of industrial contaminants. Her research at CU is currently focused on understanding the local behavior of ions within traditional reverse osmosis membranes by utilizing advanced materials characterization methods and synchrotron radiation facilities. Trisha likes to be outdoors as much as possible, go to concerts and music festivals, and travel with friends.

Hannah CairneyHannah Cairney

Undergraduate Student, Environmental Engineering

Hannah Cairney is a junior at the University of Colorado Boulder pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Engineering. Currently, she is investigating the effects of oxidant exposure on hydrophobic membranes used in desalination systems. Outside of school and research, she enjoys hiking, climbing, painting, and spending time with friends.


Group photo at the NAMS 2021 Conference in Estes Park, CO!  (September 2021)


Backpacking in James Peak Wilderness!  (July 2021)

Backpacking 2021

Go-karts and brewery visit!  (June 2021)


Yard games and drinks with the Korak group  (April 2021)

Yard games - April 3

Group cross country ski trip!  (Feb 2021)

Ski trip

Left to right: Tony Straub (PI), Kian Lopez (grad), Sangsuk Lee (grad), Hannah Cairney (undergrad), Emma Antonio (postdoc in Mike Toney's group), Duong Nguyen (grad)

Lab dinner at Korea House in Boulder  (Feb 2020)

Group photo - Feb 2020

Left to right: Sonrisa Macharia (undergrad), Sangsuk Lee (grad), Tony Straub (PI), Duong Nguyen (grad), Hannah Cairney (undergrad)


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