Title: "Unraveling Chemical Environmental Fate: Bridging Analytical Expertise and Predictive Chemistry for Sustainable Solutions"
Joseph Wasswa, PhD
School of Engineering Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT
Abstract: Photochemically produced reactive intermediates (PPRIs) play a pivotal role in the indirect photodegradation and fate of contaminants. The first segment of my talk will delve into the intricate roles played by diverse biogeochemical and natural processes, such as acidification, photodegradation, biodegradation, and harmful algal blooms in driving the generation of PPRIs within aquatic systems. The second part of my talk will expound upon the outcomes derived from the systematic assessment of computational tools and machine learning techniques for environmental physical chemical property predictions. I will elucidate the impact of various molecular representations for the fate of chemical compounds. This presentation will showcase the impactful synergy between analytical and computational tools in unraveling the fate of contaminants.