Pakistan (Fulbright S&T Alumna 2008)
Rubina Firdous is a Ph.D. candidate in Hydrogeology at University of Kansas. She investigates the factors affecting the reactivity of zero-valent iron on trichloroethylene removal rates in column experiments. Zero-valent iron is a leading reactive medium used in permeable reactive barriers for the remediation of contaminated groundwater.
This work investigates causes of granular iron reactivity at two scales. The magnitude of the reactivity variation due to difference in grain packing and the link between the macro-scale parameters from the Kinetic Iron Model (KIM) and microscale characteristics on the iron grains using Raman spectroscopy.
A native of Pakistan, Rubina Firdous completed her M.Sc. in Geology from University of Karachi. During her Master’s she earned specializations in Petroleum Geology, Geochemistry and Sedimentology and later worked as an Assistant Director at the Geological Survey of Pakistan. After completing her Ph.D. program, Rubina looks forward to returning to Pakistan and plans to work on issues relating to environmental and groundwater pollution.