Peer Reviewed Papers


Bergstrom R. M.; Borch, T.; Martin P. H.; Melzer S.; Rhoades C. C.; Salley S. W.; Kelly E. F.: The Generation and Redistribution of Soil Cations in High Elevation Catenas in the Fraser Experimental Forest, Colorado, U.S. Geoderma 2019. 333 (1), 135-144 DOI:org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2018.07.024


Zhou, Z.; Latta, D. E.; Noor, N.; Thompson, A.; Borch, T.; Scherer, M. M., Fe(II)-catalyzed transformation of organic matter-ferrihydrite coprecipitates: A closer look using Fe isotopes. Environmental Science & Technology 2018 

Blotevogel, J.; Rappe, A. K.; Mayeno, A. N.; Sale, T.; Borch, T. The mechanism of C-H bond oxidation by aqueous permanganate. Environmental Science & Technology 2018. 52179845-9850 DOI/10.1021/acs.est.8b03157

Oetjen K.; Blotevogel J.; Borch, T.; Ranville J. F.; Higgins C. P.: Simulation of a Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewater Surface Spill on Agricultural Soil. Science of the Total Environment 2018. 645, 229- 243

Stratton, J. J.; Ham, J.; Borch, T.: Ammonia Emissions from Subalpine Forest and Mountain Grassland Soils in Rocky Mountain National Park. J. Environ. Qual. 2018. 47:778–785 DOI: 10.2134/jeq2018.01.0023

Peng, C.; Sundman, A.; Bryce, C.; Catrouillet, C.; Borch, T.; Kappler, A.: Oxidation of Fe(II)-Organic-Matter Complexes in the Presence of the Mixotrophic Nitrate-Reducing Fe(II)-Oxidizing Bacterium Acidovorax sp. BoFeN1. Environmental Science & Technology 2018. 52 (10), 5753-5763 DOI:10.1021/acs.est.8b00953

Young, R. B.; Avneri-Katz, S.; McKenna, A.M.; Chen, H.; Bahureksa, W.; Polubesova, T.; Chefetz, B.; Borch, T.: Composition-Dependent Sorptive Fractionation of Anthropogenic Dissolved Organic Matter by Fe(III)-Montmorillonite. Soil Syst. 20182(1), 14 DOI:10.3390/soilsystems2010014

Oetjen, K.; Chan, K. E.; Gulmark, K.; Christensen, J. H.; Blotevogel, J.; Borch, T.; Spear, J. R.; Cath, T. Y.; Higgins, C. P.: Temporal Characterization and Statistical Analysis of Flowback and Produced Waters and Their Potential for Reuse. Science of the Total Environment 2018. 619, 654-664 DOI:

Blotevogel, J.; Giraud, R. J.; Borch, T.: Reductive Defluorination of Perfluorooctanoic Acid by Zero-Valent Iron and Zinc: A DFT-Based Kinetic Model. Chemical Engineering Journal 2018. 335, 248-254  DOI:


Heyob, K. M.; Blotevogel, J.; Brooker, M.; Evans, M. V.; Lenhart, J. J.; Wright, J.; Lamendella, R.; Borch, T.; Mouser, P. J.: Natural Attenuation of Nonionic Surfactants Used in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids: Degradation Rates, Pathways, and Mechanisms. Environmental Science & Technology 2017. 51 (23), 13985-13994  DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b01539

Jasmann, J. R.; Gedalanga, P. B.; Borch, T.; Mahendra, S.; Blotevogel, J.: Synergistic Treatment of Mixed 1,4-Dioxane and Chlorinated Solvent Contaminations by Coupling Electrochemical Oxidation with Aerobic Biodegradation. Environmental Science & Technology 2017. 51 (21), 12619-12629 DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b03134

Hagemann, N.; Joseph, S.; Schmidt, H.P.; Kammann, C.I.; Harter, J.; Borch, T.; Young, R.B.; Varga, K.; Taherymoosavi, S;, Elliott, K.W.; McKenna, A.; Albu, M;, Mayrhofer, C.; Obst, M.; Conte, P.; Dieguez-Alonso, A.; Behrens, S.; Kappler, A.:  Organic Coating on Biochar Explains Its Nutrient Retention and Stimulation of Soil Fertility. Nature Communications 2017. 8 (1), 1089  DOI:10.1038/s41467-017-01123-0

Daugherty, E. E.; Gilbert, B.; Nico, P. S.; Borch, T.:  Complexation and Redox Buffering of Iron(II) by Dissolved Organic Matter.  Environmental Science & Technology 2017. 51 (19), 11096-11104 DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b03152

Burgos, W. D.; Castillo-Meza, L.; Tasker, T. L.; Geeza, T. J.; Drohan, P. J.; Liu, X.; Landis, J. D.; Blotevogel, J.; McLaughlin, M.; Borch, T.; Warner, N. R.: Watershed-Scale Impacts from Surface Water Disposal of Oil and Gas Wastewater in Western Pennsylvania. Environmental Science & Technology 2017. 51 (15), 8851-8860 DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b01696

Bhattacharyya, A., Campbell, K.M., Kelly, S., Roebbert, Y., Weyer, S., Bernier-Latmani, R., Borch, T.: Biogenic Non-Crystalline U(IV) Revealed as Major Component in Uranium Ore Deposits. Nature Communications 2017. 8, 15538 DOI: 10.1038/NCOMMS15538

Percak-Dennett, E.; He, S.; Converse, B.; Konishi, H.; Xu, H.; Corcoran, A.; Noguera, D.; Chan, C.; Bhattacharyya, A.; Borch, T.; Boyd, E.; Roden, E. E.: Microbial Acceleration of Aerobic Pyrite Oxidation at Circumneutral pH. Geobiology, 2017. 15 (5), 690-703  DOI: 10.1111/gbi.12241

Avneri-Katz, S.; Young, R. B.; McKenna, A. M.; Chen, H.; Corilo, Y. E.; Polubesova, T.; Borch, T.; Chefetz, B.: Adsorptive Fractionation of Dissolved Organic Matter (DOM) by Mineral Soil: Macroscale Approach and Molecular Insight. Organic Geochemistry 2017. 103, 113-124

Gray, J.L.; Borch, T.; Furlong, E.T.; Davis, J.G.; Yager, T.J.; Yang, Y-Y.; Kolpin, D.W.: Rainfall-Runoff of Anthropogenic Waste Indicators from Agricultural Fields Applied with Municipal Biosolids.  Sci. Total Environ. 2017. 580, 83-89


Cawley, K. M.; Hohner, A. K.; McKee, G. A.; Borch, T.Omur-Ozbek, P.; Oropeza, J.; Rosario-Ortiz, F. L.: Characterization and Spatial Distribution of Particulate and Soluble Carbon and Nitrogen from Wildfire-Impacted Sediments. Journal of Soils and Sediments 2016. 1-13 

Kahrilas, G. A.; Blotevogel, J.; Corrin, E. R.; Borch, T.: Downhole Transformation of the Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Biocide Glutaraldehyde: Implications for Flowback and Produced Water Quality. Environmental Science & Technology 2016. 50 (20), 11414–11423 DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b02881

Jasmann, J. R.; Borch, T.; Sale, T. C.; Blotevogel, J.: Advanced Electrochemical Oxidation of 1,4-Dioxane via Dark Catalysis by Novel Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Pellets. Environmental Science & Technology 2016. 50 (16),  8817–8826 DOI10.1021/acs.est.6b02183

Paz, A.; Tadmor; G.; Malchi, T.; Blotevogel, J.; Borch, T.; Polubesova, T.; Chefetz, B.: Fate of Carbamazepine, Its Metabolites, and Lamotrigine in Soils Irrigated with Reclaimed Wastewater: Sorption, Leaching and Plant Uptake. Chemosphere 2016. 160, 23-29 DOI:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.06.048

McLaughlin, M.C.; Borch, T.; Blotevogel, J.: Spills of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals on Agricultural Topsoil: Biodegradation, Sorption, and Co-Contaminant Interactions. Environ. Sci. Technol. 201650 (11),  6071–6078 DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b00240

Fukami, C.S.; Sullivan, A.P.; Fulgham, S.R.; Murschell, T.; Borch, T.; Smith, J.N.; Farmer, D.: Technical Note: An Improved Approach to Determining Background Aerosol Concentrations with PILS Sampling on Aircraft. Atmospheric Environment 2016. 136, 16-20  DOI:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.04.005

McKee, G. A.; Soong, J. L.; Caldéron, F.; Borch, T.; Cotrufo, M. F.: An Integrated Spectroscopic and Wet Chemical Approach to Investigate Grass Litter Decomposition Chemistry. Biogeochemistry 2016. 128, 107–123


Figuring Out Fracking Wastewater. Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) Vol. 93 Issue 11 pp. 8-12, 2015

Kahrilas, G. A.; Blotevogel, J.; Stewart, P. S.; Borch, T.: Biocides in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids: A Critical Review of Their Usage, Mobility, Degradation, and Toxicity. Environmental Science & Technology 201549 (1), 16-32 DOI:10.1021/es503724k


Troyer, L. D.; Tang, Y.; Borch, T.: Simultaneous Reduction of Arsenic(V) and Uranium(VI) by Mackinawite: Role of Uranyl Arsenate Precipitate Formation. Environ. Sci. Technol. 201448 (24), 14326-14334 DOI:10.1021/es5037496

Thurman, E. M.; Ferrer, I.; Blotevogel, J.; Borch, T.: Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback and Produced Waters Using Accurate Mass: Identification of Ethoxylated Surfactants. Anal. Chem. 2014. 86 (19), 9653-9661 DOI:10.1021/ac502163k

Olson, M. R.; Blotevogel, J.; Borch, T.; Petersen, M. A.; Royer, R. A.; Sale, T. C.: Long-term Potential of in situ Chemical Reduction for Treatment of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Soils. Chemosphere 2014114, 144-149 DOI:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.03.109

Troyer, L. D.; Stone, J. J.; Borch, T.: Effect of Biogeochemical Redox Processes on the Fate and Transport of As and U at an Abandoned Uranium Mine Site: An X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy Study. Environ. Chem. 20141118-27

Young, R. B.; Chefetz, B.; Liu, A.; Desyaterik, Y.; Borch, T.: Direct Photodegradation of Lamotrigine (an Antiepileptic) in Simulated Sunlight – pH Influenced Rates and Products. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 2014. 16, 848-857. DOI:10.1039/C3EM00581J

Porsch, K.; Rijal, M. L.; Borch, T.; Troyer, L. D.; Behrens, S.; Wehland, F.; Appel, E.; Kappler, A.: Impact of Organic Carbon and Iron Bioavailability on the Magnetic Susceptibility of Soils. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 2014. 128, 44-57 DOI:10.1016/j.gca.2013.12.001

Grossberger, A.; Hadar, Y.; Borch, T.; Chefetz, B.: Biodegradability of Pharmaceutical Compounds in Agricultural Soils Irrigated with Treated Wastewater. Environmental Pollution 2014. 185, 168-177 DOI:10.1016/j.envpol.2013.10.038


Shimizu, M.; Zhou, J.; Schröder, C.; Obst, M.; Kappler, A.; Borch, T.: Dissimilatory Reduction and Transformation of Ferrihydrite-Humic Acid Coprecipitates. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2013. 47, 13375-13384 DOI:10.1021/es402812j

Young, R. B.; Latch, D. E.; Mawhinney, D. B.; Nguyen, T.-H.; Davis, J. C. C.; Borch, T.: Direct Photodegradation of Androstenedione and Testosterone in Natural Sunlight: Inhibition by Dissolved Organic Matter and Reduction of Endocrine Disrupting Potential. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2013. 47, 8416-8424 DOI:10.1021/es401689j


Borch, T.; Roche, N.; Johnson, T. E.: Determination of Contaminant Levels and Remediation Efficacy in Groundwater at a Former in situ Recovery Uranium mine. J. Environ. Monit. 2012. 14, 1814-1823 DOI:10.1039/C2EM30077J

Amstaetter, K.; Borch, T.; Kappler, A.: Influence of Humic Acid Imposed Changes of Ferrihydrite Aggregation on Microbial Fe(III) Reduction. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 2012. 85, 326-341 DOI:10.1016/j.gca.2012.02.003

Kozubal, M. A.; Macur, R. E.; Jay, Z. J.; Beam, J. P.; Malfatti, S. A.; Tringe, S. G.; Kocar, B. D.; Borch, T.; Inskeep, W. P.: Microbial Iron Cycling in Acidic Geothermal Springs of Yellowstone National Park: Integrating Molecular Surveys, Geochemical Processes and Isolation of Novel Fe-Active Microorganisms. Frontiers in Microbiology 2012. 3, 1-16 DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2012.00109

Yang, Y.-Y.; Gray, J. L.; Furlong, E. T.; Davis, J. G.; ReVello, R. C.; Borch, T.: Steroid Hormone Runoff from Agricultural Test Plots Applied with Municipal Biosolids. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2012. 46, 2746-2754 DOI:10.1021/es203896t

Burgos, W. D.; Borch, T.; Troyer, L. D.; Luan, F.; Larson, L. N.; Brown, J. F.; Lambson, J.; Shimizu, M.: Schwertmannite and Fe Oxides Formed by Biological Low-pH Fe(II) Oxidation versus Abiotic Neutralization: Impact on Trace Metal Sequestration. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 201276, 29-44 DOI:10.1016/j.gca.2011.10.015


Mawhinney, D. B.; Young, R. B.; Vanderford, B. J.; Borch, T.; Snyder, S. A.: The Artificial Sweetener Sucralose in U.S. Drinking Water Systems. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2011. 45, 8716–8722 DOI: 10.1021/es202404c

Yang, Y.-Y.; Pereyra, L. P.; Young, R. B.; Reardon, K. F.; Borch, T.: Testosterone-Mineralizing Culture Enriched from Swine Manure: Characterization of Degradation Pathways and Microbial Community Composition. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2011. 45, 6879-6886 DOI:10.1021/es2013648

Blotevogel, J.; Borch, T.: Determination of Hexamethylphosphoramide and Other Highly Polar Phosphoramides in Water Samples Using Reversed-Phase Liquid Chromatography/Electrospray Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Chromatography A 2011. 1218, 6426-6432 DOI:10.1016/j.chroma.2011.07.020

Blotevogel, J.; Mayeno, A. N.; Sale, T. C.; Borch, T.: Prediction of Contaminant Persistence in Aqueous Phase: A Quantum Chemical Approach. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2011. 45, 2236-2242 DOI: 10.1021/es1028662

Sivaswamy, V.; Boyanov, M. I.; Peyton, B. M.; Viamajala, S.; Gerlach, R.; Apel, W. A.; Sani, R. K.; Dohnalkova, A.; Kemner, K. M.; Borch, T.: Multiple Mechanisms of Uranium Immobilization by Cellulomonas sp. Strain ES6. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 2011. 108, 264-276 DOI: 10.1002/bit.22956


Blotevogel, J.; Borch, T.; Desyaterik, Y.; Mayeno, A.N.; Sale, T.C.: Quantum Chemical Prediction of Redox Reactivity and Degradation Pathways for Aqueous Phase Contaminants: An Example with HMPA. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2010. 44, 5868-5874 DOI: 10.1021/es1006675

Borch, T.; Kretzschmar, R.; Kappler, A.; Van Cappellen, P.; Ginder-Vogel, M.; Voegelin, A.; Campbell, K. M.: Biogeochemical Redox Processes and their Impact on Contaminant Dynamics. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2010. 44, 15-23 DOI: 10.1021/es9026248

Yang, Y.-Y.; Borch, T.; Young, R. B.; Goodridge, L. D.; Davis, J. G., Degradation Kinetics of Testosterone by Manure-Borne Bacteria: Influence of Temperature, pH, Glucose Amendments, and Dissolved Oxygen. J. Environ. Qual. 2010. 39, 1153-1160 DOI:10.2134/jeq2009.0112

Amstaetter, K.:Borch, T.; Larese-Casanova, P.; Kappler, A.: Redox Transformation of Arsenic by Fe(II)-Activated Goethite (α-FeOOH). Environmental Science & Technology, 2010. 44, 102-108 DOI:10.1021/es901274s

Kocar, B.D.; Borch, T.; Fendorf, S.: Arsenic Mobilization and Repartitioning during Biogenic Sulfidization and Transformation of Ferrihydrite. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 201074, 980-994 DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2009.10.023


Moberly, J.; Borch, T.; Sani, R.; Spycher, N.; Şengör, S.; Ginn, T.; Peyton, B.: Heavy Metal–Mineral Associations in Coeur d’Alene River Sediments: A Synchrotron-Based Analysis. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution 2009. 201 (1), 195-208 DOI 10.1007/s11270-008-9937-z


Borch. T.; Camper, A.K.; Biederman, J.A.; Butterfield, P.W.; Gerlach, R.; Amonette, J.E.: Evaluation of Characterization Techniques for Iron Pipe Corrosion Products and Iron Oxide Thin Films. Journal of Environmental Engineering 2008. 134, 835-844

Geesey, G. G.; Borch, T.; Reardon, C. L.: Resolving Biogeochemical Phenomena at Hgh Spatial Resolution Through Electron Microscopy. Geobiology 20086 (3), 263-269 DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4669.2008.00160.x


Ziganshin, A.M.; Gerlach, R.; Borch, T.; Naumov, A.V.; Naumova, R.P.: Production of Eight Different Hydride Complexes and Nitrite Release from 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene byYarrowia lipolytica. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2007. 73, 7898-7905 DOI:10.1128/AEM.01296-07

Borch, T.; Masue, Y.; Kukkadapu, R.K.; Fendorf, S.: Phosphate Imposed Limitations in Biological Reduction and Alteration of Ferrihydrite. Environmental Science & Technology. 2007. 41, 166-172 DOI:10.1021/es060695p


Ginder-Vogel, M.A.; Borch, T.; Mayes, M.; Jardine, P.; Fendorf, S.: Chromate Reduction and Retention Processes within Hanford Sediments. Environmental Science & Technology. 2005. 39, 7833-7839 DOI:10.1021/es050535y

Borch, T.; Inskeep, W.P.; Harwood, J.A.; Gerlach, R.: Impact of Ferrihydrite and Anthraquinone-2,6-Disulfonate on the Reductive Transformation of 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene by a Gram-Positive Fermenting Bacterium. Environmental Science & Technology. 2005. 39, 7126-7133 DOI:10.1021/es0504441


Borch, T. and Gerlach, R.: Use of Reversed-Phase High-Performance Liquid Chromatography – Diode Array Detection for Complete Separation of 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene Metabolites and EPA M8330 Explosives: Influence of Temperature and an Ion-Pair Reagent. Journal of Chromatography A. 2004. 1022, 83-94. DOI:10.1016/j.chroma.2003.09.067


Borch, T.; Ambus, P.; Laturnus, F.; Svensmark, B.; Grøn, C.: Biodegradation of Chlorinated Solvents in a Water Unsaturated Topsoil. Chemosphere. 2003. 51, 143-152 DOI:10.1016/S0045-6535(02)00851-2


Laturnus, F.; Borch, T.; Haselmann, K.F.; Grøn, C.: (Hvor Naturlig er Kloroform?) How Natural is Chloroform? (Vand & Jord) Water & Soil. (In Danish). 2002. 9, 84-88

Laturnus, F.; Haselmann, K.F.; Borch, T.; Grøn, C.: Terrestrial Natural Sources of Trichloromethane (Chloroform, CHCl3) – An Overview. Biogeochemistry. 2002. 60, 121-139

Holman, H-Y. N.; Nieman, K.; Sorensen, D.L.; Miller, C.D.; Martin, M.C.; Borch, T.; McKinney, W.R.; Sims, R.C.: Catalysis of PAH Biodegradation by Humic Acid Shown in Synchrotron Infrared Studies. Environmental Science & Technology. 2002. 36, 1276-1280 DOI:10.1021/es0157200

Comments in Scientific Journals

Borch, T.; Campbell, K.; Kretzschmar, R., How electron flow controls contaminant dynamics. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2010, 44, 3-6 (PDF)


Glossary of Soil Science Terms 2008 — by Soil Science Glossary Terms Committee. 92 pages, 2008, SSSA. ISBN 978-0-89118-851-3. The 2008 revision of Glossary of Soil Science Terms replaces the 2001 edition. The SSSA has published definitions or glossaries since 1956. Those making major contributions to this edition include Glenn Wilson, Thomas Borch, Robert Kremer, Margie Faber, Ward Hurt, Michael Wilson, Sally Logsdon, and some of the recent chairs of the S374 Glossary of Soil Science Terms Committee (Louis Schipper, Ray Weil, Christian Schulthess, Philip Schoenberger).

Book Chapters

Borch, T., Fendorf, S. Phosphate Interactions with Iron (Hydr)oxides: Mineralization Pathways and Phosphorus Retention Upon Bioreduction. Chapter 12 in Adsorption of Metals by Geomedia II: Variables, Mechanisms, and Model Applications; edited by Barnett, M. O., Kent, D. B., Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2008, p. 321-348 (PDF).

Young, R. B.; Borch, T., Sources, Presence, Analysis, and Fate of Steroid Sex Hormones In Freshwater Ecosystems – A Review. In Aquatic Ecosystem Research Trends, Nairne, G. H., Ed. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. : Hauppauge, New York, 2009; pp 103-164 (PDF).

Conference Presentations

Additional details on the area please refer to Borch CV 2017.

Blotevogel, J.; Kahrilas, G.; Corrin, E. R.; Landry, C. F.; Borch, T. (2014). “Degradation of the Biocide Glutaraldehyde Under Down-Hole Conditions.”Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 246, 86-ENVR. 1155 16TH ST, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA: American Chemical Society.

Bhattacharyya, A., Borch, T., Johnson, T. and Stone, J., (2013) Geochemical Characterization of Uranium from Baseline- and Post-Mining Site Conditions at an In-situ Recovery (ISR) Mine, Global U-2013 Symposium, Oral Presentation, Corpus Christi, TX, USA.

Kahrilas, G.; Blotevogel, J.; Corrin, E. R.; Borch, T. (2013). “Fate of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals Under Down-Hole Conditions.” Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 246. 1155 16TH ST, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA: American Chemical Society.

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