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Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Dr. Amy Teel

Associate Research Professor



Lab Phone:

(509) 335-5999


(509) 335-7632


  • Ph.D., Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Genetics. University of Minnesota, 1996
  • B.S., Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Washington, 1990

Professional Experience

  • Associate Research Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, WSU, 2008–present
  • Research Scientist, Civil & Environmental Engineering, WSU, 1996–2008
  • Research Associate, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroanatomy, University of Minnesota, 1993–96
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Minnesota, 1992–95
  • Research Associate, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, 1990–93
  • Laboratory Assistant, Immunex Corp., Seattle, Washington, 1988–90


  • Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellowship, 1990–95
  • National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 1990

Research Interests

  • Physicochemical and biological treatment processes, particularly chemical oxidations and reductions applied to the treatment of soils and groundwater, concentrated hazardous wastes, and industrial wastes. Recent projects include Fenton’s reagent and activated persulfate treatment of contaminated soils and groundwater.


  • Smith, B. A., Teel, A. L., and Watts, R. J. 2015. Destruction of 1,1,1-Trichloroethane and 1,2-Dichloroethane DNAPLs by Catalyzed H2O2 Propagations (CHP). J. Environ. Sci. Health A Tox. Hazard. Subst. Environ. Eng., 50(8), 846–854.
  • Mitchell, S. M., Ahmad, M., Teel, A. L., and Watts, R. J. 2014. Degradation of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) by Reactive Species Generated Through Catalyzed H2O2 Propagation Reactions. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 1(1), 117–121.
  • Elloy, F. C., Teel, A. L., and Watts, R. J. 2014. Activation of Persulfate by Surfactants Under Acidic and Basic Conditions. Ground Water Monit. R., 34(4), 51–59. Mitchell, S. M., Ullman, J. L., Teel, A. L., and Watts, R. J. 2014. pH and Temperature Effects on the Hydrolysis of Three ß-Lactam Antibiotics: Ampicillin, Cefalotin and Cefoxitin. Sci. Tot. Environ., 466–467, 547–555.
  • Ahmad, M., Teel, A. L., and Watts, R. J. 2013. Mechanism of Persulfate Activation by Phenols. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47:5864–5871.
  • Mitchell, S. M., Ullman, J. L., Teel, A. L., Watts, R. J., Fear, C. 2013. The Effects of the Antibiotics Ampicillin, Florfenicol, Sulfamethazine, and Tylosin on Biogas Production and Their Degradation Efficiency During Anaerobic Digestion. Biores. Technol., 149, 244–252.
  • Ahmad, M., Teel, A. L., Furman, O., and Watts, R. J., 2012. Oxidative and Reductive Pathways in Iron-Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) Activated Persulfate Systems. J. Environ. Engr. 138:411–418. Furman, O., Teel, A. L., Ahmad, M., Merker, M. C., and Watts, R. J. 2011. Effect of Basicity on Persulfate Reactivity. J. Environ. Engr. 137:241–247.
  • Petri, B., Watts, R. J., Tsitonaki, A., Crimi, M., Thomson, N., and Teel, A. L. Fundamentals of ISCO Using Persulfate. 2011. In: R.L. Siegrist, M. Crimi, and T.E. Simpkin (Eds). In Situ Chemical Oxidation for Groundwater Remediation (SERDP/ESTCP Environmental Remediation Technology Volume 3). Springer. p. 147–191.
  • Furman, O., Teel, A. L., and Watts, R. J. 2010. Mechanism of Base Activation of Persulfate. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44:6423–6428.
  • Ahmad, M., Teel, A. L., and Watts, R. J. 2010. Persulfate Activation by Subsurface Minerals. J. Contam. Hydrol. 115:34–45.
  • Furman, O., Laine, D. F., Blumenfeld, A., Teel, A. L., Shimizu, K., Cheng, I. F., and Watts, R. J. 2009. Enhanced Reactivity of Superoxide in Water-Solid Matrices. Environ. Sci. Technol. 43:1528–1533.