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

  • Behbahani, A., McKenzie, E.R., & Ryan, R.J. (2022). Impacts of Size Distribution and Storm Intensity on the Behavior of Suspended Particles and Their Associated Metals in a Bioswale Stormwater Control Measure. Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment, 8(3). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). doi: 10.1061/jswbay.0000984

  • Lewis, A.J., Yun, X., Spooner, D.E., Kurz, M.J., McKenzie, E.R., & Sales, C.M. (2022). Exposure pathways and bioaccumulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in freshwater aquatic ecosystems: Key considerations. Sci Total Environ, 822, p. 153561. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.153561

  • Donaghue, A.G., Morgan, N., Toran, L., & McKenzie, E.R. (2022). The impact of bioretention column internal water storage underdrain height on denitrification under continuous and transient flow. Water Res, 214, p. 118205. England. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2022.118205

  • 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. J Hazard Mater, 423(Pt A), p. 126938. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.126938

  • Donaghue, A.G., Beganskas, S., & McKenzie, E.R. (2022). Inverted versus Raised: The Impact of Bioretention Underdrain Height on Internal Water-Storage Hydraulics. Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment, 8(1). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). doi: 10.1061/jswbay.0000974

  • Guelfo, J.L., Korzeniowski, S., Mills, M.A., Anderson, J., Anderson, R.H., Arblaster, J.A., Conder, J.M., Cousins, I.T., Dasu, K., Henry, B.J., Lee, L.S., Liu, J., McKenzie, E.R., & Willey, J. (2021). Environmental Sources, Chemistry, Fate, and Transport of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: State of the Science, Key Knowledge Gaps, and Recommendations Presented at the August 2019 SETAC Focus Topic Meeting. Environ Toxicol Chem, 40(12), pp. 3234-3260. United States. doi: 10.1002/etc.5182

  • 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, p. 129812. England. 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, p. 129530. England. 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. Mol Cancer Res, 19(3), pp. 403-413. United States. 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. Sci Total Environ, 750, p. 142274. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.142274

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

  • 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). J Contam Hydrol, 234, p. 103685. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2020.103685

  • Li, H., Xi, J., Donaghue, A.G., Keum, J., Zhao, Y., An, K.e., McKenzie, E.R., & Ren, F. (2020). Synthesis and catalytic performance of polydopamine supported metal nanoparticles. Sci Rep, 10(1), p. 10416. England. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-67458-9

  • 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 Anal, 39(12), pp. 2608-2624. United States. 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 Res, 92, pp. 199-207. England. 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

  • Schaefer, C.E., Andaya, C., Urtiaga, A., McKenzie, E.R., & Higgins, C.P. (2015). Electrochemical treatment of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) in groundwater impacted by aqueous film forming foams (AFFFs). J Hazard Mater, 295, pp. 170-175. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.04.024

  • McKenzie, E.R., Siegrist, R.L., McCray, J.E., & Higgins, C.P. (2015). Effects of chemical oxidants on perfluoroalkyl acid transport in one-dimensional porous media columns. Environ Sci Technol, 49(3), pp. 1681-1689. United States. doi: 10.1021/es503676p

  • Brozell, A., Erbil, I., Abed-Amoli, A., McKenzie, E., Kamiya, T., Richardson, J., Flynn, M., & Berliner, A. (2014). Biomimetic membrane coatings for >2x higher flux wasterwater treatment using forward osmosis, microfiltration and ultrafiltration. AWWA/AMTA 2014 Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition.

  • McKenzie, E.R., Pistochini, T.E., Loge, F.J., & Modera, M.P. (2013). An investigation of coupling evaporative cooling and decentralized graywater treatment in the residential sector. Building and Environment, 68, pp. 215-224. doi: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2013.07.007

  • McKenzie, E.R., Jenkins, M.W., Tiwari, S., Darby, J., Saenyi, W., & Gichaba, C.M. (2013). In-home performance and variability of Biosand filters treating turbid surface and rain water in rural Kenya. Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, 3(2), pp. 189-198. doi: 10.2166/washdev.2013.050

  • Nover, D.M., McKenzie, E.R., Joshi, G., & Fleenor, W.E. (2013). Assessment of Colloidal Silver Impregnated Ceramic Bricks For Small-Scale Drinking Water Treatment Applications. International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship, 8(1), pp. 18-35. doi: 10.24908/ijsle.v8i1.4516

  • McKenzie, E.R. & Young, T.M. (2013). A novel fractionation approach for water constituents - distribution of storm event metals. Environ Sci Process Impacts, 15(5), pp. 1006-1016. England. doi: 10.1039/c3em30612g

  • McKenzie, E.R. & Young, T.M. (2013). Quality control considerations for size exclusion chromatography with online ICP-MS: a powerful tool for evaluating the size dependence of metal-organic matter complexation. Water Sci Technol, 67(5), pp. 1075-1082. England. doi: 10.2166/wst.2013.659

  • Kayhanian, M., McKenzie, E.R., Leatherbarrow, J.E., & Young, T.M. (2012). Characteristics of road sediment fractionated particles captured from paved surfaces, surface run-off and detention basins. Sci Total Environ, 439, pp. 172-186. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.08.077

  • McKenzie, E.R. & Young, T.M. (2012). Novel fractionation approach for the distribution of metals: Application to storm-events from four land-uses. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 243. Retrieved from

  • Nover, D.M., McKenzie, E.R., Joshi, G., & Fleenor, W.E. (2012). Assessment of colloidal silver coated substrate for small-scale drinking water treatment applications. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 243. Retrieved from

  • McKenzie, E.R., Green, P.G., & Young, T.M. (2012). Metal complexation by macro-molecules assessed with size exclusion chromatography and online inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 243. Retrieved from

  • Mckenzie, E.R., Backman, C., German, A., Dakin, B., Weitzel, E., Pistochini, T.E., Harrington, C., Breyfogle, P., Kirkeide, L., Xing, B., Amarnath, K.R., & Domitrovic, R. (2012). Evaporative condensers lab and field test results. ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Fueling our Future with Efficiency, Washington, DC: ACEEE American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

  • McKenzie, E.R. & Young, T.M. (2010). Effect of organic matter on zinc oxide nanoparticle aqueous interactions. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 239. Retrieved from

  • McKenzie, E.R., Money, J.E., Green, P.G., & Young, T.M. (2009). Metals associated with stormwater-relevant brake and tire samples. Sci Total Environ, 407(22), pp. 5855-5860. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2009.07.018

  • McKenzie, E.R., Wong, C.M., Green, P.G., Kayhanian, M., & Young, T.M. (2008). Size dependent elemental composition of road-associated particles. Sci Total Environ, 398(1-3), pp. 145-153. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2008.02.052