Chad Cuss

Dissolved organic matter (DOM) is a complex and dynamic system of interacting molecules that is ubiquitous in aquatic environments. DOM governs the speciation, toxicity, and mobility of metals and other pollutants, and provides microorganisms with nutrients, energy, and protection from UV light.

As part of the Athabasca River project in the SWAMP lab, Dr. Chad W. Cuss applies asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation coupled to UV-Visible and fluorescence detectors (AF4-UV-FLD) to distinguish natural and processed bitumen, and to characterize DOM in the Athabasca R. and its source waters. Furthermore AF4-UV-FLD coupled to ICP-SFMS is used to measure the size distribution of trace metals. Chad also collaborates with project partners Drs. JW Martin and Chenxing Sun to characterize DOM and bitumen in ultrahigh resolution using the Orbitrap Elite mass spectrometer. 

Chad obtained his PhD from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, developing novel analytical and chemometric methods to better understand the composition, structure, and functioning of DOM.