Dr. Tehrani has recently started his tenure-track research position at Temple University. Previously, he has served as an assistant professor of instruction from fall 2013 to fall 2018. His Ph.D. dissertation and post-graduation studies were mainly focused on the employment of molecular biology techniques in environmental engineering. The use of innovative materials and processes is his current passion and new area of research.
Dr. Tehrani has received his Ph.D. from Temple University, department of civil and environmental engineering. He has published the first critical review on the source, fate, and toxicity of OH-PCBs in the environment. He was also the first to systematically study and publish the bacterial degradation pathways for OH-PCBs and genomic responses of bacterial cells exposed to OH-PCBs. He has extensively employed biotechnology tools in investigating bacterial degradation pathways for OH-PCBs. He is currently the chair of the AEESP education committee. He has received his MS degree from the civil engineering department at Dalhousie University in Canada, where he studied arsenic removal from drinking water through adsorption mechanisms.
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Research Interests

  • Nanobiotechnology and Transcriptomics

Courses Taught




CEE 2712

Introduction to Environmental Engineering


CEE 3711

Environmental Engineering


CEE 3717

Chemical Principles of Environmental Engineering


CEE 3725

Water Quality and Analysis Lab


CEE 4622

Fate Pollutants in Subsurface Environments


CEE 5622

Fate of Pollutants in Subsurface Environments


ENVT 0845

The Environment


Selected Publications


  • Upadhyay, A., Alimohammadi, F., Aken, B.V., & Tehrani, R. (2021). Biogenic Synthesis of Self-Incorporated Indium Graphitic Composites from Electronic Waste Using Eleocharis acicularis. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. doi: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c04326

  • Atmatzidis, K., Alimohammadi, F., Aich, N., & Tehrani, R. (2020). Nano-enhanced Dialytic Fluid Purification: CFD Modeling of Pb(II) Removal by Manganese Oxide. ACS Omega, 5(50), pp. 32697-32705. United States. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.0c05069

  • Atmatzidis, K., Alimohammadi, F., Strongin, D.R., & Tehrani, R. (2020). Biomimetic System for the Application of Nanomaterials in Fluid Purification: Removal of Arsenic with Ferrihydrite. ACS Omega, 5(11), pp. 5873-5880. United States. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.9b04121

  • Khajevand, N. & Tehrani, R. (2019). Impact of population change and unemployment rate on Philadelphia's waste disposal. Waste Manag, 100, pp. 278-286. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.wasman.2019.09.024

  • Aken, B.V., Subramanian, S., & Tehrani, R. (2019). Understanding the toxicity of hydroxylated PCBs for plants: A transcriptomic analysis. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 257. Retrieved from

  • Tehrani, R., Helferty, J.J., Kiani, M.F., Suh, W.H., & Bellas, E. (2017). A project based approach to introduction to engineering. 2017 FYEE Conference.

  • Tehrani, R., Lyv, M.M., & Aken, B.V. (2014). Transformation of hydroxylated derivatives of 2,5-dichlorobiphenyl and 2,4,6-trichlorobiphenyl by Burkholderia xenovorans LB400. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int, 21(10), pp. 6346-6353. Germany. doi: 10.1007/s11356-013-1629-6

  • Kaveh, R., Li, Y., Ranjbar, S., Tehrani, R., Brueck, C.L., & Aken, B.V. (2013). Changes in Arabidopsis thaliana gene expression in response to silver nanoparticles and silver ions. Environ Sci Technol, 47(18), pp. 10637-10644. United States. doi: 10.1021/es402209w

  • Aken, B.v., Tehrani, R., & Kaveh, R. (2012). Uptake and Metabolism of Pharmaceuticals and Other Emerging Contaminants by Plants. In Phytotechnologies (pp. 541-570). CRC Press.

  • Tehrani, R.A., Aken, B.V., Lehmler, H., & Schnoor, J. (2011). Biodegradation of Mono-Hydroxylated PCBs by Burkholderia xenovorans LB400. Annual NIEHS Superfund Research Program.

  • Aken, B.V., Tehrani, R., & Schnoor, J.L. (2011). Endophyte-Assisted Phytoremediation of Explosives in Poplar Trees by Methylobacterium populi BJ001T. In Endophytes of Forest Trees, 80 (pp. 217-234). doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-1599-8_14