Ashaki Rouff

Ashaki Rouff


ashaki.rouff [at]



Office Location

101 Warren Street,
Smith Hall Room 135
Newark, New Jersey, 07102

My research explores the behavior of inorganic and organic contaminants in aqueous geochemical (soil, sediment) and engineered (wastewaters) settings. The mechanisms and kinetics of contaminant interactions with mineral phases determine the mobility and bioaccessibility of these species in affected systems. Understanding these processes has important implications for predicting the fate of contaminant species in the environment.

We use laboratory-based model systems, field work, and advanced molecular-scale techniques; as applied to the areas of contaminant geochemistry, urban geochemistry, and sustainable geochemistry. Current research topics include the assessment of heavy metal contamination of human-impacted soils, and the evaluation of alternative mineral fertilizers as related to the sustainable use of natural resources.

For more information, visit: Environmental & Sustainable Geochemistry Group Website



B.A. Middlebury College, 1998

PhD Stony Brook University, 2004


Recent Publications

#Graduate student, †Undergraduate

Rouff, A.A., #O. Goswami, #A. Rabinovich and #M. V. Ramlogan 2018 Biochar as Sorbent for the Treatment of Inorganic Pollutants in Water and Wastewater In Non-Soil Biochar Applications, D. Kalderis, D. Ntarlagiannis and P. Soupios, Eds., Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY, U.S.A.

#Ramlogan, M.V., †D. Arrue and A.A. Rouff. 2018 Evaluation of Heat-Treated Struvite as a Non-Conventional Sorbent for Ammonia Gas using STA-PTA-FTIR. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 6, 2461-2469. doi:10.1016/j.jece.2018.03.048.

Zhu, Y. J. Liu, #O. Goswami, A.A. Rouff and E.J. Elzinga 2018 Effects of Humic Substances on Fe(II) Sorption onto Aluminum Oxide and Clay Geochemical Transactions, 19, 1-13.

#Rabinovich, A., A.A. Rouff, B. Lew, and #M.V. Ramlogan 2018 Aerated Fluidized Bed Treatment for Phosphate Recovery from Dairy and Swine Wastewater ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 6, 652–659.

Rouff, A.A., G.A. Lager, †D. Arrue and J. Jaynes 2018 Trace Elements in Struvite Equine Enteroliths: Concentration, Speciation and Influence of Diet Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, 45, 23-30. (;

Rouff, A.A., #M.V. Ramlogan and #A. Rabinovich 2016 Synergistic Removal of Zinc and Copper in Greenhouse Waste Effluent by Struvite. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 4, 1319–1327.

Rouff, A.A., #N. Ma and A.B. Kustka 2016 Adsorption of Arsenic with Struvite and Hydroxylapatite in Phosphate-Bearing Solutions. Chemosphere, 146, 574-581.

#Ramlogan, M.V. and A.A. Rouff. 2016 An Investigation of the Thermal Behavior of Magnesium Ammonium Phosphate Hexahydrate. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 123, 145-152.