Benny Chefetz is a professor of Environmental Chemistry in the Department of Soil and
Water Sciences (as of 2001). He received his B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences (1992), and his
Ph.D. (1999) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Chefetz was a postdoctoral
fellow at the lab of Prof. Hatcher at the Department of Chemistry, Ohio State University
The goal of Prof. Chefetz’s multidisciplinary research program is to improve our understanding of organic contaminants and contaminants of emerging concern from emission through transport and ultimately environmental and human exposure. The research is mainly focused on the agricultural environment with an overarching goal to elucidate physical, chemical and biological processes that influence the fate of contaminants. Special interests are: (1) Fate of pharmaceutical and personal care products in the water-soil-plant-food chain-human continuum; (2) Sorption-desorption behavior of xenobiotics in soils and sediments; (3) Irrigation with reclaimed wastewater: effects on environmental and human health; (4) Nano particles in the environment; and (5) Nature and reactivity of dissolved organic matter.