Erica McKenzie was originally attracted to environmental engineering to better understand human impacted natural environments. In the course of her studies, she earned degrees at University of California at Davis and Colorado State University, she completed NSF summer Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) experiences at University of Notre Dame and the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana State University, and she conducted research as a postdoctoral scholar at Colorado School of Mines and the Western Cooling Efficiency Center at UC Davis. Dr. McKenzie joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Temple University in January 2015.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Physicochemical Processes
  • Contaminant Fate & Transport

Courses Taught




CEE 3717

Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering


CEE 4622

Fate Pollutants in Subsurface Environments


CEE 4762

Environmental Organic Chemistry


CEE 4891

Independent Research in CEE: Effect of Copper on Denitrification in Bioretention Systems


CEE 5622

Fate of Pollutants in Subsurface Environments


CEE 5702

Chemical Principles of Environmental Systems


CEE 5762

Environmental Organic Chemistry


Selected Publications

  • Esfandiar, N., Suri, R., & McKenzie, E.R. (2022). Competitive sorption of Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb and Zn from stormwater runoff by five low-cost sorbents; Effects of co-contaminants, humic acid, salinity and pH. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 423. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.126938

  • Behbahani, A., Ryan, R.J., & McKenzie, E.R. (2021). Impacts of salinity on the dynamics of fine particles and their associated metals during stormwater management. Science of the Total Environment, 777. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146135

  • Esfandiar, N., Suri, R., & McKenzie, E.R. (2021). Simultaneous removal of multiple polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from urban stormwater using low-cost agricultural/industrial byproducts as sorbents. Chemosphere, 274. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.129812

  • Ebrahimi, F., Lewis, A.J., Sales, C.M., Suri, R., & McKenzie, E.R. (2021). Linking PFAS partitioning behavior in sewage solids to the solid characteristics, solution chemistry, and treatment processes. Chemosphere, 271. doi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.129530

  • Sikder, R.K., Ellithi, M., Uzzo, R.N., Weader, D.J., Metz, A.L., Behbahani, A., McKenzie, E.R., El-Deiry, W.S., & Abbosh, P.H. (2021). Differential effects of clinically relevant N- versus C-terminal truncating CDKN1A mutations on cisplatin sensitivity in bladder cancer. Molecular Cancer Research, 19(3). doi: 10.1158/1541-7786.MCR-19-1200

  • Donaghue, A.G. & McKenzie, E.R. (2021). Single versus multi-metal sulfide systems: The role of cysteine and complex environmental conditions. Science of the Total Environment, 750. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.142274

  • Smethurst, D., Kovalev, N., McKenzie, E.R., Pestov, D.G., & Shcherbik, N. (2020). Iron-mediated degradation of ribosomes under oxidative stress is attenuated by manganese. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 295(50), pp. 17200-17214. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA120.015025

  • Li, H., Xi, J., Donaghue, A.G., Keum, J., Zhao, Y., An, K., McKenzie, E.R., & Ren, F. (2020). Synthesis and catalytic performance of polydopamine supported metal nanoparticles. Scientific Reports, 10(1). doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-67458-9

  • Behbahani, A., Ryan, R.J., & McKenzie, E.R. (2020). Long-term simulation of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) accumulation and breakthrough in infiltration-based stormwater management practices (SMPs). Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 234. doi: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2020.103685

  • Lewis, A.J., Joyce, T., Hadaya, M., Ebrahimi, F., Dragiev, I., Giardetti, N., Yang, J., Fridman, G., Rabinovich, A., Fridman, A.A., McKenzie, E.R., & Sales, C.M. (2020). Rapid degradation of PFAS in aqueous solutions by reverse vortex flow gliding arc plasma. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology. Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). doi: 10.1039/c9ew01050e

  • Li, X., Aken, B.V., Mckenzie, E., Zhang, H., Abboud, B., & Davenport, W. (2019). Evaluating the environmental impact of selected chemical de-icers. Transportation Safety and Environment, 1(3), pp. 220-229. doi: 10.1093/tse/tdz015

  • Adhikari, U., Chabrelie, A., Weir, M., Boehnke, K., McKenzie, E., Ikner, L., Wang, M., Wang, Q., Young, K., Haas, C.N., Rose, J., & Mitchell, J. (2019). A Case Study Evaluating the Risk of Infection from Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in a Hospital Setting Through Bioaerosols. Risk Analysis, 39(12), pp. 2608-2624. doi: 10.1111/risa.13389

  • Sales, C., Fridman, A., Rabinovich, A., Fridman, G., McKenzie, E., Hammouri, R., Hadaya, M., Dragiev, I., & Joyce, T. (2019). Investigating the application of non-equilibrium cold plasma technologies for the degradation of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances in aqueous solutions. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 257. Retrieved from

  • Donaghue, A. & McKenzie, E. (2019). Influence of organic ligands and environmental factors on metal sulfide nanoparticle precipitation. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 257. Retrieved from

  • Zhang, H., Aken, B.V., Xoang, L.i., Abboud, B.E., Zhao, Z., Faheem, A., & Mckenzie, E.R. (2018). Winter Roadway Maintenance Material Enhancers (Field) Evaluation. Winter Roadway Maintenance Material Enhancers (Field) Evaluation. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Retrieved from

  • Kilmer, M., Makler, G., Kramer, K., & McKenzie, E. (2017). Metals concentrations and mobility in Philadelphia's urban watersheds as influenced by salinity. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 254. Retrieved from

  • McKenzie, E., Siegrist, R., McCray, J., & Higgins, C. (2016). Water quality and co-contaminant effects on PFAA sorption and transport through saturated porous media. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 252. Retrieved from

  • McKenzie, E., Siegrist, R., McCray, J., & Higgins, C. (2016). Perfluoroalkyl acid (PFAA) transport in saturated porous media as affected by chemical oxidants and trichloroethylene (TCE). ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 252. Retrieved from

  • Menumerov, E., Gilroy, K., Hajfathalian, M., Murphy, C., McKenzie, E., Hughes, R., & Neretina, S. (2016). High-performance ligand-free catalysts for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 252. Retrieved from

  • McKenzie, E.R., Siegrist, R.L., McCray, J.E., & Higgins, C.P. (2016). The influence of a non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) and chemical oxidant application on perfluoroalkyl acid (PFAA) fate and transport. Water Research, 92, pp. 199-207. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2016.01.025

  • Menumerov, E., Gilroy, K.D., Hajfathalian, M., Murphy, C.J., McKenzie, E.R., Hughes, R.A., & Neretina, S. (2016). Plastically deformed Cu-based alloys as high-performance catalysts for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol. Catalysis Science and Technology, 6(14), pp. 5737-5745. doi: 10.1039/c6cy00734a