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Heileen Hsu-Kim

Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708-0287
118A Hudson Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708

Research Interests


Aquatic chemistry and geochemistry, trace element environmental chemistry, nanogeoscience, mercury biogeochemistry, water-particle surface processes.

Selected Grants


Customized Approaches for Evaluating and Reducing Chemical Exposures from Home Building Materials

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Department of Housing and Urban Development · 2022 - 2024

Duke University Program in Environmental Health

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2019 - 2024

AOI 1: Characterization of Arsenic and Selenium in Coal Fly Ash to Improve Evaluations for Disposal and Reuse Potential

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Department of Energy · 2019 - 2024

Convergence RAISE: Harnessing Extracellular Vesicle Mediated Interkingdom Communication

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2019 - 2023

Development of Predictive Capabilities for Mercury Bioavailability and Methylation Potential in Aquatic Ecosystems

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Oak Ridge National Laboratory · 2021 - 2022

Customized Approaches for Evaluating and Reducing Chemical Exposures from Home Building Materials

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Department of Housing and Urban Development · 2022 - 2024

Duke University Program in Environmental Health

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2019 - 2024

AOI 1: Characterization of Arsenic and Selenium in Coal Fly Ash to Improve Evaluations for Disposal and Reuse Potential

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Department of Energy · 2019 - 2024

Convergence RAISE: Harnessing Extracellular Vesicle Mediated Interkingdom Communication

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2019 - 2023

Development of Predictive Capabilities for Mercury Bioavailability and Methylation Potential in Aquatic Ecosystems

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Oak Ridge National Laboratory · 2021 - 2022

Application of Biosorption for REE Recovery from Coal Byproducts

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory · 2018 - 2021

Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

ResearchInvestigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2008 - 2021

Biogeochemical Framework to Evaluate Mercury Methylation Potential During in-situ Remediation of Contaminated Sediments

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences · 2014 - 2021

Net Methylation Potential of Mercury Sulfides for Different Groups of the Methylating Microbial Community

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Department of Energy · 2018 - 2020

SusChEM: Collaborative Research: Coal Ash Wastes as a Resource for Critical and Strategic Elements

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2015 - 2020

AOI 1: Predicting Trace Element Partitioning and Fate for Coal-Fired Power Plants Under Steady and Non-Steady State Operations

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Carnegie Mellon University · 2018 - 2019

Duke University Program in Environmental Health

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences · 2013 - 2019

Support for the 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Environmental Science: Water

ConferencePrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences · 2018 - 2019

Cooperative Program in Nanomaterials Hazard and Exposure Assessment Traineeships (NanoHEAT)

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by Environmental Protection Agency · 2015 - 2018

Earth Metal Extraction for Clean Technologies

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory · 2018 - 2018

REU Site: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2014 - 2018

Impact of El Nino on Environmental Mercury and Human Exposure

ResearchCo Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2016 - 2018

Workshop to Integrate of Research and Policy of Environmental Mercury Contamination in Ecosystems

ConferencePrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Department of Energy · 2017 - 2018

Nanoscale Mercury Sulfide-Organic Matter Interactions and Implications for Solubility and Biomethylation

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Department of Energy · 2011 - 2017

Novel Technologies to Improve the Management of Environmental Resources in the Global Marketplace

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Research Triangle Institute International · 2016 - 2016

Collaborative Research: Characterization of Contaminants and Isotopic Tracers Associated with Coal Combustion Products

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2012 - 2016

Legacy impacts of coal combustion residues on freshwater ecosystems in North Carolina

ResearchInvestigator · Awarded by Water Resources Research Institute · 2015 - 2016

Influence of Chelating Ligands for the Aggregation, Dissolution and Bioavailability of Soluble Nanomaterials

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2011 - 2015

Studies in Support of South River VA Remedial Planning

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Texas Tech University · 2014 - 2014

REU: Research Experience for Undergraudates on Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2010 - 2014

Bioavailability and Methylation Potential of Mercury Sulfides in Sediments

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Strategic Environmental Research & Development Program · 2010 - 2014

Mercury and Metal Contamination from Historical Mining at South American Urban Communities

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Environmental Protection Agency · 2011 - 2013

FEMMES 2012 (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science)

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation · 2011 - 2012

Occurrence and Stabilization of Colloidal and Nanoparticulate Mercury Sulfides

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Department of Energy · 2010 - 2012

To Support FEMMES 2008 (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science)

Institutional SupportPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Lord Foundation of North Carolina · 2007 - 2011

Environmental effects of the coal ash spill and remediation at Kingston TN

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2009 - 2010

FEMMES 2009 (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science)

Public ServicePrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation · 2008 - 2009

FEMMES 2008 (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science)

Public ServicePrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation · 2007 - 2008

External Relationships


  • American Chemical Scociety
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Foundation
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource

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