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Gregory V. Korshin

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Civil & Environmental Engineering


Professor Gregory Korshin obtained his Master’s degree in Physics from Kazan State University and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Kazan State Technological University, both in Kazan, Russia. He has been working at the University of Washington since then. He has been involved in research concerned with the characterization of natural organic matter, NOM halogenation reactions that cause the formation of disinfection by-products (DBPs), development of on-line methods to monitor processes affecting water quality, corrosion in drinking water, environmental chemistry of heavy metals and radionuclides, advanced oxidation processes and development of new approaches for quantitation of the degradation of trace-level pharmaceuticals and other organic contaminants in wastewater. Prof. Korshin has published over a hundred fifty refereed publications, a large fraction of them in Water Research and Environmental Science & Technology. He has contributed to research supported by Water Research Foundation, Water ReUse Foundation, National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations. Prof. Korshin is a member of the editorial board of the journal Water Research. He has held invited positions in universities in Australia, China, France and Italy.


  • Ph.D., Kirov State Technological University, Kazan, Russia, 1984
  • M.S., Kazan State University, Kazan, Russia, 1978
  • B.S., Kazan State University, Kazan, Russia, 1976

Previous appointments

  • Peking University (Visiting Professor)
  • University of South Australia (Visiting Professor)
  • University of Paris VII Diderot (Visiting Professor)

Research Statement

Gregory Korshin's research has been focused on microscopic-level examination of complex environmental reactions, their modeling and development of new methods to treat drinking water and wastewater. The methods developed in his group include differential optical spectroscopy that is especially useful to examine effects of halogenation and advanced oxidation on contaminants in drinking water and wastewater. Another focus is on the release of heavy metals in drinking water and their speciation in the environment. His recent activities continue address these issues and also have branched into new research venues, for instance the chemistry and treatment of contaminated groundwater, and development of new methods to characterize airborne pollutants.

Honors & awards

  • Fulbright U.S./Italy Scholarship award, March 2014
  • Distinguished Foreign Expert Award of Peking University/Chinese Ministry of Education, August 2013
  • Australian International Center of Excellence in Water Resource Management Visiting Scholar Award, September 2007, 2011
  • Fresh Ideas Best poster presentation at Annual Conference of American Water Works Association, San Diego, CA June 2009
  • Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris Invited Professor Award, 2008.