Journal Publications


Hower, J.C.; Hood, M.M.; Taggart, R.K.; Hsu-Kim, H. (2017). Chemistry and petrology of paired feed coal and combustion ash from anthracite-burning stoker boilers. Fuel. 199,438-446. DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2017.03.007

Jiang, C.; Castellon, B.T.; Matson, C.W.; Aiken, G.R.; Hsu-Kim, H. (2017). Relative contributions of copper oxide nanoparticles and dissolved copper to Cu uptake kinetics of Gulf killifish (Fundulus grandis) embryos. Environ. Sci. & Technol. In press. DOI:10.1021/acs.est.6b04672

Schwartz, G.E.; Redfern, L.K; Ikuma, K.; Gunsch, C.K.; Ruhl, L.S.; Vengosh, A.; Hsu-Kim, H. (2016). Impacts of coal ash on methylmercury production and the methylating microbial community in anaerobic sediment slurries. Environ. Sci.: Processes & Impacts. 18, 1427-1439. DOI: 10.1039/C6EM00458J

Taggart, R.K.; Hower, J.C.; Dwyer, G.S.; Hsu-Kim, H. (2016). Trends in the rare earth element content of U.S.-based coal combustion fly ashes. Environ. Sci. & Technol. 50(11), 5919-5926. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b00085.

Matson, C.W.; Bone, A.J.; Auffan, M.; Lindberg, T.T.; Arnold, M.C.; Hsu-Kim, H.; Wiesner, M.R.; Di Giulio,  R.T. (2016) Silver toxicity across salinity gradients: the role of dissolved silver chloride species (AgClx) in Atlantic killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) and medaka (Oryzias latipes) early life-stage toxicity. Ecotoxicology. 25(6), 1105-1118. DOI:10.1007/s10646-016-1665-3.

McEwen, A.R.; Hsu-Kim, H.; Robins, N.A.; Hagan, N.A.; Halabi, S.; Barras, O.; Richter, D.; Vandenberg, J.J. (2016). Residential metal contamination and potential health risks of exposure in adobe brick houses in Potosí, Bolivia. Sci. Total. Environ. 562, 237-246. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.03.152

Ge, K.; Hoelen, T.P.; Hsu-Kim, H.; Lowry, G.V. (2016). Mobility of four common mercury species in model and natural unsaturated soils. Environ. Sci. & Technol. 50(7), 3342–3351. DOI:10.1021/acs.est.5b04247.

Schwartz, G.E.; Rivera, N.A.; Lee, S.-W.; Harrington, J.M.; Hower, J.C.; Levine, K.E.; Vengosh, A.; Hsu-Kim, H. (2016). Leaching potential and redox transformations of arsenic and selenium in sediment microcosms with fly ash. Applied Geochemistry. 67, 177-185. DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeochem.2016.02.013.

Wyatt, L.H.; Diringer, S.E.; Rogers, L.A.; Hsu-Kim, H.; Pan, W.K.; Meyer, J.N. (2016). Antagonistic growth effects of mercury and selenium in Caenorhabditis elegans are chemical species-dependent and do not depend on internal Hg/Se ratios.  Environ. Sci. & Technol. 50 (6), 3256–3264. DOI:10.1021/acs.est.5b06044.

Lee, S.; Lowry, G.V.; Hsu-Kim, H. (2016). Biogeochemical transformations of mercury in solid waste landfills and pathways for release. Environ. Sci.: Processes & Impacts. 18, 176-189. DOI: 10.1039/C5EM00561B.

Maurer, L.L.; Yang, X., Schindler, A.; Taggart, R.K., Jiang, C.; Hsu-Kim, H.; Sherwood, D.R.; Meyer, J.N. (2016). Intrallecular trafficking pathways in silver nanoparticle uptake and toxicity in Caenorhabditis elegans. Nanotoxicology. 10, 831-834. DOI: 10.3109/17435390.2015.1110759.

Wilcox, J.; Wang, B.; Rupp, E.; Taggart, R.; Hsu-Kim, H.; Oliveira, M.L.S.; Cutruneo, C. M.N.L.; Taffarel, S.R.; Silva, L.F.O.; Hopps, S.D.; Thomas, G.A.; Hower, J.C. (2015) Observations and assessment of fly ashes from high-sulfur bituminous coals and blends of high-sulfir bituminous and subbituminous coals: Environmental processes recorded at the macro and nanometer scale. Energy & Fuels. 29(11), 7168–7177. DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.5b02033.

Pham, A. L.-T.; Johnson, C.A.; Manley, D.; Hsu-Kim, H. (2015). Influence of sulfide nanoparticles on dissolved mercury and zinc quantification by diffusive gradient in thin-films (DGT) passive samplers. Environ. Sci. & Technol. 49(21), 12897-12903. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b02774

Jiang, C.; Aiken, G.R.; Hsu-Kim, H. (2015). Effects of Natural Organic Matter Properties on the Dissolution Kinetics of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles. Environ. Sci. & Technol. 49(19), 11476-11484. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b02406

Lauer, N.E.; Hower, J.C.; Hsu-Kim, H.; Taggart, R.K.; Vengosh, A. (2015). Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials in Coals and Coal Combustion Residuals in the United States. Environ. Sci. & Technol. 49(18), 11227-11233. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01978 

Kucharzyk, K.H.; Deshusses, M.A.; Porter, K.A.; Hsu-Kim, H. (2015). Relative Contributions of Mercury Bioavailability and Microbial Growth Rate on Net Methylmercury Production by Anaerobic Mixed Cultures. Environ. Sci.: Processes & Impacts. 17, 1568-1577. DOI: 10.1039/C5EM00174A.

Ticknor, J.L; Kucharzyk, K.H.; Porter, K.A.; Deshusses, M.A.; Hsu-Kim, H. (2015). Thiol-Based Selective Extraction Assay to Comparatively Assess Bioavailable Mercury in Sediments. Environ. Engr. Sci. 32(7), 564-573. DOI: 10.1089/ees.2014.0526

Diringer, S.; Feingold, B; Ortiz, E.J.; Gallis, J.A.; Araújo-Flores, J.M.; Berky, A.; Pan, W.K.; Hsu-Kim, H. (2015). River Transport of Mercury from Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining and Risks for Dietary Mercury Exposure in Madre de Dios, Peru. Environ. Sci.: Processes & Impacts. 17, 478-487. DOI: 10.1039/C4EM00567.

Deonarine, A.; Hsu-Kim, H.; Zhang, T.; Cai, Y.; Richardson, C.J. (2015). Legacy source of mercury in an urban stream-wetland ecosystem in central North Carolina, USA. Chemosphere. 138, 960-965. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.12.038

Hagan, N.; Robins, N.; Hsu-Kim, H.; Halabi, S.; Espinoza Gonzales, R.D.; Ecos, E.; Richter, D.; Vandenberg, J. (2015). Mercury hair levels and factors that influence exposure for residents of Huancavelica, Peru. Environmental Geochemistry and Health. 37(3), 507-514. DOI: 10.1007/s10653-014-9665-9.

Ruhl, L.S.; Dwyer, G.; Hsu-Kim, H.; Hower, J.C.; Vengosh, A. (2014). Boron and strontium isotopic characterization of coal combustion residuals: Validation of new environmental tracers. Environ. Sci. & Technol. 48(24), 14790-14798. DOI: 10.1021/es503746v.

Jiang, C. and Hsu-Kim, H. (2014). Direct in situ measurement of dissolved zinc in the presence of zinc oxide nanoparticles using anodic stripping voltammetry. Environ. Sci.: Processes & Impacts. 16(11), 2536-2544. DOI: 10.1039/c4em00278d.

Zhang, T.; Kucharzyk, K.H.; Kim, B.; Deshusses, M.A.; Hsu-Kim, H. (2014). Net methylation of mercury in estuarine sediment microcosms amended with dissolved, nanoparticulate, and microparticulate mercuric sulfides. Environ. Sci. & Technol. 16, 9133-9141. DOI: 10.1021/es500336j.

Hagan, N.; Robins, N.; Espinoza Gonzales, R.D.; Hsu-Kim, H. (2014). Mercury speciation and bioaccessibility from adobe bricks and dirt floors in Huancavelica, Peru. Environmental Geochemistry and Health. 37(2), 263-272. DOI: 10.1007/s10653-014-9644-1 

Arnold, M.C.; Lindberg, T.T.; Liu, Y.-T.; Porter, K.A.; Hsu-Kim, H.; Hinton, D.E.; Di Giulio, R.T. (2014). Bioaccumulation and speciation of selenium in fish and insects collected from a mountaintop removal coal mining-impacted stream in West Virginia. Ecotoxicology. 1-10. DOI: 10.1007/s10646-014-1236-4.

Pham, A. L.-T.; Morris, A., Zhang, T., Ticknor, J.; Levard, C.; Hsu-Kim, H. (2014). Precipitation of Nanoscale Mercuric Sulfides in the Presence of Natural Organic Matter: Structural Properties, Aggregation, and Biotransformation. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta. 133, 204-215. DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2014.02.027.

Yang, X.; Jiang, C.; Hsu-Kim, H.; Badireddy, A.R.; Dykstra, M.; Wiesner, M.R.; Hinton, D.E.; Meyer, J. (2014). Silver nanoparticle behavior, uptake, and toxicity in Caenorhabditis elegans: Effects of natural organic matter. Environ. Sci. & Technol. 48(6), 3486-3495. DOI: 10.1021/es404444n.

Ticknor, J.L.; Hsu-Kim, H.; Deshusses, M.A. (2014). A robust framework to predict mercury speciation in combustion flue gases. J. Hazardous Materials. 264, 380-385. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2013.10.052.

Liu, Y,-T.; Chen, T.-Y.; Mackebee, W.G.; Ruhl, L.; Vengosh, A.; Hsu-Kim, H. (2013). Selenium Speciation in Coal Ash Spilled at the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston Site. Environ. Sci. & Technol. 47(24), 14001-14009. DOI: 10.1021/es4041557.

Hagan N., Robins N., Hsu-Kim H., Halabi S., Espinoza Gonzales R.D., Richter D., Vandenberg J. (2013). Residential Mercury Contamination in Adobe Brick Homes in Huancavelica, Peru. PLoS ONE. 8(9), e75179. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0075179.

Hsu-Kim H., Kucharzyk K.H., Zhang T., Deshusses M.A. (2013). Mechanisms Regulating Mercury Bioavailability for Methylating Microorganisms in the Aquatic Environment: A Critical Review. Envir. Sci & Technol.  47(6): 2441-2456. DOI: 10.1021/es304370g.

Bartov G., Deonarine A., Johnson T.M., Ruhl L., Vengosh A., Hsu-Kim H. (2013). Environmental impacts of the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston coal ash spill. 1. Source apportionment using mercury stable isotopes. Envir. Sci & Technol. 47(4), 2092-2099. DOI: 10.1021/es303111p.

Deonarine A., Bartov G., Johnson T.M., Ruhl L., Vengosh A., Hsu-Kim H. (2013). Environmental impacts of the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston coal ash spill. 2. Effect of coal ash on methylmercury in historically contaminated river sediments. Envir. Sci & Technol. 47(4), 2100-2108. DOI: 10.1021/es303639d.

Ruhl L., Vengosh A., Dwyer G., Hsu-Kim H., Schwartz G., Romanski A., Smith S.D. (2012). The impact of coal combustion residue effluent on water resources: a North Carolina example. Envir. Sci & Technol. 46(21), 12226–12233. DOI: 10.1021/es303263x.

Gondikas A.P., Morris A., Reinsch B.C., Marinakos S.M., Lowry G.V., Hsu-Kim H. (2012). Cysteine-induced modifications of zero-valent silver nanomaterials: Implications for particle surface chemistry, aggregation, dissolution, and silver speciation. Envir. Sci & Technol. In press. DOI: 10.1021/es3001757

Lowry G.V., Espinasse B.P., Badireddy A.R., Richardson C.J., Reinsch B.C., Bryant L.D., Bone A.J., Deonarine A., Chae S., Therezien M., Colman B.P., Hsu-Kim H., Bernhardt E.S., Matson C.W., Wiesner M.R. (2012). Long-term transformation and fate of manufactured Ag nanoparticles in a simulated large scale freshwater emergent wetland. Envir. Sci & Technol. 46(13), 7027-7036. DOI: 10.1021/es204608d

Zhang T., Kim B., Levard C., Reinsch B.C., Lowry G.V., Deshusses M.A., Hsu-Kim H. (2012). Methylation of mercury by bacteria exposed to dissolved, nanoparticulate, and microparticulate mercuric sulfides. Envir. Sci & Technol. 46(13), 6950-6958. DOI: 10.1021/es203181m

    (Winning paper for the ACS Environmental Chemistry Division 2012 Graduate Student Paper Award. Congratulations Tong!)

Robins N., Hagan N., Halabi S., Hsu-Kim H., Espinoza Gonzales R.D., Morris M., Woodall G., Richter D., Heine P., Zhang T., Bacon A., Vandenberg J. (2012). Estimations of historical atmospheric mercury concentrations from mercury refining and present-day soil concentrations of total mercury in Huancavelica, Peru. Science of the Total Environment. 426, 145-154. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.03.082

Yang X., Gondikas A., Marinakos S.M., Auffan M., Liu J., Hsu-Kim H., Meyer J.N. (2012). The mechanism of silver nanoparticle toxicity is dependent on dissolved silver and surface coating in Caenohabditis elegans. Envir. Sci & Technol. 46(2), 1119-1127. DOI: 10.1021/es202417t

Gondikas A. P., Masion A., Auffan M., Lau, B. L. T., Hsu-Kim H. (2012) Early-stage precipitation kinetics of zinc sulfide nanoclusters forming in the presence of cysteine. Chemical Geology. 329, 10-17. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2011.06.009

Hagan N., Robins H., Hsu-Kim H., Zhang T., Morris M., Woodall G., Halabi S., Bacon A., Richter D.D., Vandenberg J. (2011) Estimating Historical Atmospheric Mercury Concentrations from Silver Mining and their Legacies in Present-Day Soils in Potosí, Bolivia. Atmospheric Environment. 45, 7619-7626. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2010.10.009.

Shuen J.A., Elia A.R., Xu K., Chen C.-F. J., Jiang A., Litkowski E., Bonhivert A., Hsu-Kim H., Schwartz-Bloom R.D. (2011), FEMMES: A one-day mentorship program to engage 4th – 6th grade girls in STEM activities. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. 17(4), 295-312. DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2011002292

Chen C.-F. J., Jiang A., Litkowski E., Elia A.R., Shuen J.A., Xu K., Bonhivert A., Hsu-Kim H., Schwartz-Bloom R.D. (2011). Females excelling more in math, engineering, and science (FEMMES): An after-school STEM program for girls that fosters hands-on learning and female-to-female mentorship. Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. 17(4), 313-324. DOI: 10.1615/JWomenMinorScienEng.2011002293

Bryant L.D., Hsu-Kim H., Gantzer P.A., Little J.C. (2011) Solving the problem at the source: controlling Mn release at the sediment-water interface via hypolimnetic oxygenation. Water Research. 45, 6381-6392. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2011.09.030

Aiken G.R., Hsu-Kim H., Ryan J.N. (2011). Influence of dissolved organic matter for the environmental fate of metals, nanoparticles, and colloids. Envir. Sci & Technol. 45, 3196–3201. [publication]

Deonarine A., Lau B.L.T., Aiken G.R., Ryan J.N., Hsu-Kim H. (2011). Effects of humic substances on precipitation and aggregation of zinc sulfide nanoparticles. Envir. Sci & Technol. 45, 3217–3223. [publication]

 Ruhl L., Vengosh A., Dwyer G.S., Hsu-Kim H., Deonarine A. (2010).Environmental Impacts of the Coal Ash Spill in Kingston, Tennessee: An 18-month survey. Envir. Sci & Technol. 44, 9272-9278. DOI: 10.1021/es1026739

 Zhang T. and Hsu-Kim H. (2010). Photolytic degradation of methylmercury enhanced by binding to natural organic ligands. Nature Geoscience. 3(7), 473-476. DOI: 10.1038/NGEO892

 Gondikas A.P., Jang E.K., Hsu-Kim H. (2010). Influence of amino acids cysteine and serine on aggregation kinetics of zinc and mercury sulfide colloids. J. Coll. Interf. Sci. 347, 167-171. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2010.03.051

 Ruhl L., Vengosh A., Dwyer G.S., Hsu-Kim H., Deonarine A., Berkin M., Kravchenko J. (2009). Survey of the potential environmental and health impacts in the immediate aftermath of the coal ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee. Envir. Sci & Technol. 43, 6323-6333.  [publication]

 Deonarine A. and Hsu-Kim H. (2009). Precipitation of mercuric sulfide nanoparticles in NOM-containing water: Implications for the natural environment. Envir. Sci & Technol. 43, 2368-2373.  [publication](Winning paper for the ACS Environmental Chemistry Division 2009 Graduate Student Paper Award. Congratulations Amy!)

Lau B.L.T. and Hsu-Kim H. (2008). Precipitation and growth of Zn-sulfide nanoparticles in the presence of thiol-containing natural organic ligands. Envir. Sci & Technol. 42, 7236-7241.  [publication]

 Hsu-Kim H., Mullaugh K.M., Tsang J.J., Yucel M., Luther G.W. (2008). Formation of Zn- and Fe-sulfides near hydrothermal vents at the Eastern Lau Spreading Center: Implications for sulfide bioavailability to chemoautotrophs. Geochem. Trans. 9:6. [publication]

 Waite, T.J., Moore T.S., Childress J.J., Hsu-Kim H., Mullaugh K.M., Nuzzio D.B., Paschal A.N., Tsang J., Fisher C.R.,  and Luther G.W. (2008). Variation in sulfur speciation with shellfish presence at a Lau Basin diffuse flow vent site. J Shellfish Res. 27(1), 163-168. [abstract]

 Hsu-Kim H. (2007). Stability of Metal-Glutathione Complexes During Oxidation by Hydrogen Peroxide and Cu(II)-Catalysis. Envir. Sci & Technol. 41, 2338-2342. [publication]

 Tsang J.J., Rozan T.F., Hsu-Kim H., Mullaugh K.M., Luther, G.W. (2006). Pseudopolarographic determination of Cd2+ complexation in freshwater. Envir. Sci & Technol. 40, 5388-5394. [publication]

 Hsu-Kim H. and D. L. Sedlak. (2005). Similarities between inorganic sulfide and the strong Hg(II)-complexing ligands in municipal wastewater effluent. Envir. Sci & Technol. 39, 4035-4041. [publication]

 Hsu H. and D. L. Sedlak. (2003). Strong mercury(II) complexation in wastewater effluent and surface waters. Envir. Sci & Technol. 37, 2743-2749. [publication]