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Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products
Gordon Research Conference

Charting the Horizons of Interdisciplinary Research and Application in Water Disinfection, By-Products, Water Reuse and Public Health


August 9-14, 2015


Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA


Michael Plewa

Vice Chair:
William A. Mitch

Meeting Description

The 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products (DBPs) will present cutting-edge research on the purification of water and the generation of disinfection by-products. With the era of pristine source waters ending, vitally important issues confront scientists, engineers, water utilities, industry groups and public health professionals in the production and delivery of high quality potable water. Increasing demands on scarce water sources, drought, water pollution and an aging water delivery infrastructure are preeminent challenges for society. The Conference will feature a wide range of topics including DBP formation, occurrence, toxicity and its molecular mechanisms, engineering solutions, health effects and regulation. Keeping with the spirit of the GRC, this high impact Conference will assemble scientists at the forefront of their field and will provide a venue for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career scientists to network, to learn and to plan future work together. A Gordon Research Seminar will expand the opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to present their work and have it integrated into the general discussion of the Conference. Some poster presentations will be selected for short talks within program sessions. This Conference provides for session lectures with in depth discussions, program discussion sessions, poster presentations as well as for relaxed gatherings during the afternoons and evenings. A hallmark of the GRC is its informal and collegial atmosphere. This Conference will be a catalyst for scientists from different disciplines to gather, to converse, and to fully participate in the excitement of science in the promotion of interdisciplinary collaborations to devise future creative investigations and solutions to the global drinking water crisis.

Related Meeting

This GRC was held in conjunction with the "Drinking Water Disinfection By-Products" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmWater Disinfection in an Era of Water Scarcity
Discussion Leader: Benito Marinas (University of Illinois, USA)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmDavid Sedlak (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"New Challenges in DBP Formation in Recycled or Desalinated Source Waters"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmBenjamin Stanford (Hazen and Sawyer, P.C., USA)
"Climate Change Effects on Source Waters and DBP Formation"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmChemistry: Analytical Approaches on the Formation and Detection of Emerging DBPs
Discussion Leader: Lynn Roberts (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
9:00 am - 9:40 amSusan Richardson (University of South Carolina, USA)
"Emerging DBPs: From Wastewater-Impacted Waters to Desalination to Swimming Pools"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:30 amJiang Guibin (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
"Progress and Challenges of DBP and Emerging Chemical Research in China"
10:30 am - 10:35 amDiscussion
10:35 am - 10:55 amCoffee Break
10:55 am - 11:35 amBenito Marinas (University of Illinois, USA)
"Reverse Osmosis/Nanofiltration (RO/NF) Treatment of Disinfected Water: Characterization of TOX in Membrane and Fouling Layers by Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry (RBS)"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:25 pmUrs Von Gunten (Eawag, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, Switzerland)
"Halide Ions in Oxidative Processes: Role of Kinetics for DBP Formation"
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmDBP Toxicity: Molecular Mechanisms
Discussion Leader: Frederic Leusch (Griffith University, Australia)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmXingfang Li (University of Alberta, Canada)
"Halobenzoquinone DBPs: Analytical Chemistry and Toxicology"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmBeate Escher (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ, Germany)
"Bioanalytical Assessment of DBPs"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmIntegration of Analytical Chemistry, Quantitative Toxicology and Epidemiology of DBPs
Discussion Leader: Manolis Kogevinas (Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, Spain)
9:00 am - 9:40 amWeidong Qu (Fudan University, China)
"Exposure to Disinfection By-Products and Their Health Effects"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:30 amCristina Villanueva (Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology, Spain)
"DBP Epidemiology Research"
10:30 am - 10:35 amDiscussion
10:35 am - 10:55 amCoffee Break
10:55 am - 11:35 amJ. Michael Wright (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA)
"The Effect of Disinfection By-Product Exposures on Risk of Birth Defects"
11:35 am - 11:45 amDiscussion
11:45 am - 12:25 pmJane Simmons (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA)
"Incorporation of Biomarkers for DBP Epidemiological Studies and Health Risks"
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmWater Energy Nexus
Discussion Leader: Jeanne Vanbriesen (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmWilliam Mitch (Stanford University, USA)
"Hydraulic Fracturing: Impact of Fracking Wastewater-Contaminated Source Waters on the Spectra of DBP Formation"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmSteve Via (American Water Works Association, USA)
"Brominated DBPs – Observed Levels, Risk, and Potential Impact from the Power Sector"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmWastewater Reuse and Desalination
Discussion Leader: Jean-Philippe Croue (Curtin University, Australia)
9:00 am - 9:40 amEric Dickinson (Southern Nevada Water Authority, USA)
"Wastewater Reuse and DBP Formation"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:30 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amPaul Westerhoff (Arizona State University, USA)
"How Much Wastewater-Based DBP Precursors Are in My Drinking Water Supply?"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmKathryn Linge (Curtin University, Australia)
"DBPs in Wastewater Recycling: Case Studies from Western Australia"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmWater Disinfection Challenges and DBP Research in China
Discussion Leader: Yuefeng Xie (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:05 pmHong-Ying Hu (Tsinghua University, China)
"Evaluation and Control of DBP Formation in Reclaimed Water"
8:05 pm - 8:10 pmDiscussion
8:10 pm - 8:45 pmHailin Wang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
"Redox-Active Quinones Induce Genome-Wide DNA Methylation Change"
8:45 pm - 8:50 pmDiscussion
8:50 pm - 9:25 pmJun Ma (State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resource and Environment, China)
"Control of Disinfection By-Products by Pretreatment Technology"
9:25 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmEngineering Options on DBP Control
Discussion Leader: Chao Chen (Tsinghua University, China)
9:00 am - 9:40 amXiangru Zhang (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR China)
"Removal of Intermediate Aromatic Halogenated DBPs by Activated Carbon Adsorption: A New Approach to Controlling Halogenated DBPs in Chlorinated Drinking Water"
9:40 am - 9:50 amDiscussion
9:50 am - 10:30 amStuart Krasner (Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, USA)
"Balancing the Control of Regulated and Emerging DBPs While Meeting Other Treatment Objectives"
10:30 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 11:00 amCoffee Break
11:00 am - 11:40 amTanju Karanfil (Clemson University, USA)
"Disinfection By-Product Formation and Speciation During Seawater Desalination"
11:40 am - 11:50 amDiscussion
11:50 am - 12:25 pmRalph Franco (Calgon Carbon Corporation, USA)
"Activated Carbon Technology in Controlling DBPs"
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmThe Way Forward, Future DBP Research and Regulation
Discussion Leader: Stuart Krasner (Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, USA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmRex Pegram (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA)
"What Are the Forcing Agents Involved with Toxic DBPs and How Do We Control These Processes to Protect the Public Health?"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmStig Regli (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA)
"DBP Research: Roadmap for the Future"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13ES025978-01 from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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