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Bruce Sass, Ph.D.


groundwater assessment and remediation

site investigation and remediation

specialized in situ treatment technology

industrial wastewater treatment and design

environmental management assessment and systems


Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania

M.S., Geochemistry, Washington State University

B.S., Geology, State University of New York, Binghamton University,

Primary Disciplines:
Hydrogeology, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences,
Dr. Bruce Sass, a senior environmental scientist and geochemist based in Ohio, has more than 20 years of experience in the development and implementation of chemical process improvements and environmental remediation technologies.  His practice focuses on developing a deep understanding of chemical processes in engineered systems and in geological settings.  He provides analysis, design, and forensic investigation services to clients in the electric power, manufacturing, and oil and gas industries.

Practice Specialties
Dr. Sass is nationally recognized for his expertise in geochemical site characterization, chemical and geochemical modeling at ambient and extreme conditions, and laboratory experimentation.  He has extensive experience in the assessment of chromium in the environment resulting from past manufacturing and processing operations.  Working U.S. Department of Defense research programs, Dr. Sass contributed to new approaches for the assessment of contaminant mobility in sediments.  In a study for NASA, Dr. Sass combined groundwater chemistry data with stable isotope analyses to improve the understanding of groundwater flow conditions associated with source delineation of perchlorate contamination. Additionally, he has worked extensively on gas and liquid separations, air pollution control systems, and developing environmental controls for recalcitrant compounds and metals. He recently applied his expertise to developing a carbon management services business, with emphasis on CO2 capture from combustion and hydrocarbon streams.

Advancing the State of the Practice
Dr. Sass continues to advance the state of the practice as the author or co-author of more than 60 professional scientific publications and reports.  He is widely recognized for his expertise in the remediation of recalcitrant compounds and metals-impacted sites as well as the areas of carbon footprint analysis and sustainability.  He chaired Battelle’s International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds (Monterey, California) in 2006 and 2008.  He was a pioneer in the development, demonstration, and application of permeable reactive barriers for degrading chlorinated organic compounds.  Dr. Sass developed carbon sequestration strategies for oxy-combustion retrofitting for coal-fired boilers. He evaluated manufacturing practices of large, integrated steel mills to identify potential opportunities for economically capturing carbon dioxide (CO2).  He assisted in bringing a new mercury scrubbing technology to market.  He was the lead author on a patent for a novel method for separating CO2 from gas mixtures.
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