Faculty Profile

Stuart  Batterman, PhD

Stuart Batterman, PhD

  • Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
  • Professor, Global Public Health, School of Public Health
  • Professor, Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • M6075 SPH II
  • 1415 Washington Heights
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Dr. Batterman's research and teaching interests address environmental impact assessment, human exposure and health risk assessment, and environmental management. His research addresses both theoretical work and applied laboratory and field studies. He is particularly interested in improving exposure measures that can be used in risk assessments and epidemiological studies; measuring toxic compounds including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found as pollutants in drinking water, ambient and indoor air, and statistical and modeling methods that can be used to interpret and extend available measurements. His research is applied to contemporary problems including ambient and indoor air quality, environmental epidemiology, policy analysis, environmental engineering, environmental justice, and life cycle analysis. His international projects include training and research programs in the environmental sciences and engineering in Africa (especially South Africa) and Europe (especially Portugal, Russia and Finland). He directs the Hazardous Substances Academic Training Program and the Pilot Project Research Program in the NIOSH-supported Education and Resource Center.

  • PhD, Water Resources & Environmental Engineering (Civil Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1986
  • M.S., Water Resources & Environmental Engineering (Civil Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981
  • B.S., Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, 1979

  • My current research addresses a range of topics in occupational, indoor and environmental settings that include: Exposure assessment (especially for volatile organic compounds or VOCs); emerging contaminants in occupational and environmental settings (e.g., brominated flame retardants); biological monitoring; air quality monitoring; indoor air quality (e.g., assessment and management); air pollution control engineering (e.g., vapor and particle air filtration); and environmental epidemiology. Other research experience and interests include: characterization of VOCs in air, soils and fuels, environmental impact assessment, health impact assessment, risk assessment, environmental statistics, uncertainty analysis; VOC measurement techniques (including Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, adsorbent collection/thermal desorption); disinfection by-products in drinking water; hazardous waste/medical waste management; environmental justice; sustainable systems; urban scale air pollutant modeling; environmental impacts of energy production; life cycle analysis.
  • Ambient, Indoor, Personal and Breath Concentrations of Volatile Organic Air Toxics among Populations in Industrial and Urban Settings
    Sponsor: American Chemical Council (ACC)
  • Ambient Air Pollution & Adverse Birth Outcomes: A Linked Analysis
    Sponsor: State of Michigan - MDCH
  • Health, Pollution and Economic Development in South Durban
    Sponsor: NIH/Fogarty - Heed
  • Sustainable Concrete Infrastructure Materials and Systems
    Sponsor: NSF
  • Health Status & Risk Factors Associated with Adverse Health Outcomes among the South Durban Community
    Sponsor: University of Natal, Durban Metropolitian Health Authority
  • The University of Michigan Education and Research Center - HSAT Core
    Sponsor: CDC/NIOSH
  • Distribution & Effects of Emerging Contaminant on Great Lakes Ecosystem Health
    Sponsor: Great Lakes Seed Grant - OVPR

  • Goutman, S.A., J. Boss, A. Patterson, B. Mukherjee, S.A. Batterman and E.L. Feldman (2019), “High plasma concentrations of organic pollutants negatively impact survival in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,” Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, February 2019, 0: 1-6 DOI: 10.1136/jnnp-2018-319785
  • Batterman, S.A., S. McGinnis, A.E. DeDolph and E.C. Richter (2019). “Evaluation of Changes in Lead Levels in Drinking Water Due to Replacement of Water Mains:A Comprehensive Study in Chicago, Illinois.” Environmental Science & Technology, accepted July 2019
  • Laskaris, Z., C. Milando, S.A. Batterman, B. Mukherjee, N. Basu, M.S. O’Neill, T. Robins and J. Fobil (2019). “Derivation of time-activity data using wearable cameras and measures of personal inhalation exposure among workers at an informal electronic-waste recovery site. Annals of Work Exposures and Health, 1-13. doi: 10.1093/annweh/wxz056
  • Martenies, S.E., C.W. Milando and S.A. Batterman (2018). “Air pollutant strategies to reduce adverse health impacts and health inequalities: a quantitative assessment for Detroit, Michigan,” Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, 1-14, Feb. 2018, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11869-017-0543-3
  • Bastos, B., P. Marques, S.A. Batterman, Fausto Freire (2018). “Life-cycle assessment of commuting alternatives in Lisbon: addressing particulate matter impacts on health,” International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, May, 2018, DOI:10.1080/15568318.2018.1501519
  • Martenies, S.E. and S.A. Batterman (2018). "Effectiveness and Health Benefits of Enhanced Filters in Schools and Homes for Children with Asthma", Environmental Science & Technology, 2018 Sep 18;52(18):10767-10776. PMID: 30141330
  • Batterman, S.A., F.C. Su, A. Wald, F. Watkins, C. Godwin and Geoffrey Thun (2017). “Ventilation Rates in Recently Constructed US School Classrooms,” Indoor Air, 5: 880-890. doi: 10.1111/ina.12384
  • Batterman, S.A., S. Chernyak and F.C. Su (2016). “Measurement and Comparison of Organic Compound Concentrations in Plasma, Whole Blood and Dried Blood Spot Samples,” Frontiers in Genetics (Toxicogenomics), 7:64. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2016.00064. PMC4838759
  • Batterman, S.A., L. Xu, F. Chen, F. Chen and X. Zhong (2016). “Characteristics of PM2.5 Concentrations across Beijing during 2013-2015,” Atmospheric Environment, 145, 104-114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.08.060
  • Batterman, S.A., L. Du, C. Godwin, Z. Rowe and Jo-Yu Chin (2015). “Air exchange rates and migration of VOCs in basements and residences,” Indoor Air, 25, 6, 598-609

  • Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering (2002-5)
  • Faculty Associate, Program in the Environment, University of Michigan (2008-present)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Environment and Public Health (2008-present)
  • Honorary Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, Medical School, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa (nominated)