Date of Award

January 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Chi-hua Huang

Second Advisor

Laura C Bowling

Committee Member 1

Douglas R Smith


Excessive phosphorus (P) in water bodies is one of the most concerning water quality issues in the U.S., impacting public health, the environment and the economy. Managing excessive P is essential to reduce the incidence of environmental quality issues, such as eutrophication and harmful algal blooms. One potential strategy that is being developed for this purpose is the use of P sorption materials (PSMs) to sequester P from water systems, which is the objective of this study.