Permanganate Oxidation of Cyanotoxins and the Impact of Natural Scavengers

November 6, 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Juliana Laszakovits will review what toxins permanganate is effective at removing and how to account for competition for permanganate. Potassium permanganate is used in drinking water treatment for a variety of reasons. This can include the removal of toxins produced by harmful algal blooms. These toxins are increasingly of concern as more water reservoirs are impacted by harmful algal blooms. 

Juliana R. Laszakovits is an environmental engineering PhD candidate in Dr. Allison MacKay’s lab at The Ohio State University. Prior to attending The Ohio State University, Juliana obtained an ACS-certified Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in May 2016 from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. At the University of Mary Washington, she conducted research on aquatic photochemistry under the direction of Dr. Charlie Sharpless and earned departmental honors for her work. Juliana transitioned into studying permanganate as a removal strategy for cyanotoxins when she joined Dr. Allison MacKay’s lab. Currently, she is interested in understanding how organic compounds are transformed during drinking water treatment using mass spectrometry.