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Ronald Hites

Distinguished Professor

hitesr@indiana.edu
(812) 855-9038
MSBII Room 320


Education
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1968
B.A., Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, 1964

Professional Experience

  • Distinguished Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1989-present
  • Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs and of Chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, 1979-1989
  • Associate and Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1972-1979
  • Research Staff, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1969-1972
  • National Academy of Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, Agricultural Research Service, Peoria, Illinois, 1968-1969

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • American Chemical Society Fellow, 2009-present
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1996-present
  • SPEA Teaching Award, Undergraduate Instruction, 2007
  • President, International Association for Great Lakes Research, 2008-2009
  • Associate Editor, Environmental Science and Technology, 1990 to present
  • Institute of Scientific Information, A Highly Cited Author in Environmental Science or Engineering

Professional Interests
Applying organic analytical chemistry techniques to the analysis of trace levels of toxic pollutants, such as polybrominated flame retardants and polychlorinated biphenyls and pesticides, with a focus on understanding the behavior of these compounds in the atmosphere and in the Great Lakes

Current Projects
The Hites' Laboratory

OnTOPIC Podcast

SPEA Podcasts Flame Retardants in the Environment

Selected Publications
Full Vita

2012

  • Kinetic isotope effects and rate constants for the gas-phase reactions of three deuterated toluenes with OH from 298 to 353 K, InternationalJournal of Chemical Kinetics, 44:821-827 (2012); with D. Kim and P. Stevens.
  • Tribromophenoxy flame retardants in the Great Lakes atmosphere, Environmental Science and Technology, 46, 13112-13117 (2012); with Y. Ma and M. Venier.
  • Bromobenzene flame retardants in the Great Lakes atmosphere, Environmental Science and Technology, 46, 8653-8660 (2012); with M. Venier and Y. Ma.
  • Temporal Trends of Persistent Organic Pollutants: A Comparison of Different Time Series Models, Environmental Science and Technology, 46:3928-3934 (2012); with M. Venier, H. Hung, and W. Tych.
  • 2-Ethylhexyl tetrabromobenzoate and di(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate flame retardants in the Great Lakes atmosphere, Environmental Science and Technology, 46, 204-208 (2012); with Y. Ma, and M. Venier.

2011

  • Dechlorane Plus and related compounds in the environment: A review, Environmental Science and Technology, 45, 5088-5098 (2011); with E. Sverko, G. T. Tomy, E. J. Reiner, Y. F. Li, B. E. McCarry, J. A. Arnot, and R. J. Law.
  • Flame retardants in the serum of pet dogs and in their food, Environmental Science and Technology, 45, 4602-4608 (2011); with M. Venier.
  • Rate constants for the gas-phase reactions of OH and O3 with, β-ocimene, β-myrcene, and α- and β-farnesene as a function of temperature, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 115, 500-506 (2011); with D. Kim and P. S Stevens.
  • Radical dependence of the yields of methacrolein and methyl vinyl ketone from the OH-initiated oxidation of isoprene under NOx-free conditions, Environmental Science and Technology, 45, 923-929 (2011); with M. A. Navarro, S. Dusanter, and P. S. Stevens.
  • Dioxins: An overview and history, Environmental Science and Technology, 45, 16-20 (2011) [an invited feature article].
  • Toward identifying the next generation of Superfund and hazardous waste site contaminants, Environmental Health Perspectives, 119, 6-10 (2011); with W. P. Ela, D. L. Sedlak, and 20 others [a workshop report]

2010

  • Time trend analysis of atmospheric POPs concentrations near the Great Lakes since 1990, Environmental Science and Technology, 44, 8050-8055 (2010); with M. Venier.
  • Evaluation of tree bark as a passive atmospheric sampler for flame retardants, PCBs, and organochlorine pesticides, Environmental Science and Technology, 44, 6196-6201 (2010); with A. Salamova.
  • Flame retardants and organochlorine pollutants in bald eagle plasma from the Great Lakes region, Chemosphere, 80, 1234-1240 (2010); with M. Venier, M. Wierda, and W. W. Bowerman.
  • Regression model of partial pressures of PCBs, PAHs, and organochlorine pesticides in the Great Lakes’ atmosphere, Environmental Science and Technology, 44, 618-623 (2010); with M. Venier.