Mel Suffet

Distinguished Professor

Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Environmental Science and Engineering Program

46-081B Center for Health Sciences
BOX 951772
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772

Campus Mailcode: 177220

(310) 206-8230


  • Water Quality
  • Environmental Chemistry-analysis
  • Fate and treatment of hazardous and odorous chemicals

Biographical Information

Dr. Suffet is Professor of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) and a core member of the Environmental Science and Engineering Program housed in the EHS Department. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Brooklyn College (1961), his M.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Maryland (1964), and his Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Chemistry from Rutgers University (1968). Dr. Suffet joined UCLA in 1991 after 21 years experience at the Department of Chemistry and the Environmental Studies Institute at Drexel University where he was the P. W. Purdom Professor of Environmental Chemistry.

Dr. Suffet has published more than 160 research papers and co-edited eight research treatises. He is the 1983 recipient of the F. J. Zimmerman Environmental Science Award of the American Chemical Society and the 2001 A. P. Black Award for lifetime achievement in drinking water quality research from the American Water Works Association. Dr. Suffet teaches on topics concerning the transport and fate and treatment of organic compounds in aquatic systems, and analytical and environmental chemistry.

Recent Publications

Comparison of two polarity measurements of hydrophobic organic matter for the evaluation of water treatment processes: XAD resin and PRAM

Marc Philibert, Fernando Rosario-Ortiz, Mel Suffet

Published Work | Water Science and Technology Journal