Title: Professor Emeritus
Office: 254 Science and Engineering Building
Phone: (248) 370-2325
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
Our current interests include the fate of toxic organic compounds in the environment. We have examined the fate of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's) in conjunction with zebra mussels, who are known to process enormous volumes of Great Lakes water, and consequently ingest considerable qunatities of organic and inorganic pollutants.
We are also interested in the biologically active components of herbal medicines. Here we have concentrated on the identification of the active ingredients in Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) fruits and St. John's Wort. In addition, we carry out research in organic synthesis, with an emphasis on the discovery of new methods.
G.Brieger,J.R.Wells,and R.D.Hunter, "Plant and Animal Species and Heavy Metal Content in Fly Ash Ecosystems" Water, Air & Soil Pollut., 63, 87-103 (1992)
G. Brieger, "Microscale Synthesis of Azulene" J.Chem.Ed., 69, (1992)
G.Brieger and R. D. Hunter, "Uptake and Depuration of PCB 77, PCB 169,and Hexachlorobenzene by Zebra Mussels (Dreissena polymorpha)", Ecotoxicol. and Env. Safety, 26, 153 (1993)