Brian DiMento, PhD


Postdoctoral Scientist
Marine Chemistry
Phone: +1 (207) 315-2567, ext. 405
Fax: +1 (207) 315-2329
bdimento@bigelow.org

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Education

BA, Chemistry, Colby College, 2010

PhD, Oceanography, University of Connecticut, 2017


Research Interests

My research focuses on the fate of contaminants in the marine environment. During my PhD I studied the transformations of mercury and selenium species in the surface ocean and coastal waters. At Bigelow, I am studying the photochemical degradation of short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), a class of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) historically used in flame retardants, plasticizers, and as lubricants and coolants in industrial processes. Their toxicity and potential for bioaccumulation resulted in their ban under the Stockholm Convention, but little is known about their fate in the environment. They are generally considered resistant to biological degradation, but early studies indicate the potential for their degradation in sunlit surface waters.