George Mason Chemistry welcomes Dr. Benoit Van Aken
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry gladly welcomes Dr. Benoit Van Aken as one of the newest members of the department. Dr. Van Aken will join us in January 2018 as an Associate Professor of Environmental Chemistry and will have a research lab at the Potomac Science Center. He is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of the Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). Dr. Benoit Van Aken earned a Masters in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (1995) and a PhD in Biological Engineering (2000) at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. Dr. Van Aken is recognized for his research on the biodegradation of toxic organic pollutants by plants and bacteria. His specific area of expertise is the use molecular biology techniques for understanding and solving environmental engineering problems, such as biodegradation, sustainable biofuel production, and waterborne pathogens. Dr. Van Aken has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and he has received funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Agriculture, National Park Service, and Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program.