Assist. Prof. Dr. Hale DEMİRTEPE

Environmental Engineering Department

Assistant Professor Doctor 

Contact Info:

  • +90 232 750 6855

  • Civil Engineering Building, Room: B-204


  • Ph.D.: Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
  • M.S.:  Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
  • B.S.:    Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Research Interests:

  • Remediation of contaminated soils, sediments
  • Fate of pollutants in the environment via laboratory and modeling studies
  • Biotic and abiotic degradation of persistent organic pollutants
  • Indoor contamination and human exposure assessment
  • Semi-volatile organic compounds

Recent publications:

  • Melymuk L., Demirtepe H., Jílková R.S. (2020) Indoor dust and associated chemical exposures, Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health, 15, 1-6.
  • Kaya D., Sowers K.R., Demirtepe H., Stiell B., Baker J.E., Imamoglu I., Kjellerup B.V. (2019) Assessment of PCB contamination, the potential for in situ microbial dechlorination and natural attenuation in an urban watershed at the East Coast of the United States, Science of the Total Environment, 683, 154–165.
  • Demirtepe H., Melymuk L., Diamond M.L., Bajard L., Vojta S., Prokeš, R., Sáňka, O., Klánová J., Palkovičová Murínová Ľ., Richterová D., Rašplová V., Trnovec T. (2019) Linking past uses of legacy SVOCs with today’s indoor levels and human exposure, Environment International, 127, 653–663.
  • Demirtepe H., Imamoglu I. (2019) Biostimulation enhanced the biotic degradation of hexabromocyclododecane, Journal of Soils and Sediments, 19 (6), 2859–2868.
  • Demirtepe H., Imamoglu I. (2019) Levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers and hexabromocyclododecane in treatment plant sludge: Implications on sludge management, Chemosphere, 221, 606-615.
  • Demirtepe H., Imamoglu I. (2019) Degradation of decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-209) in microcosms mimicking sediment environment subjected to comparative bioremediation strategies, Journal of Environmental Management,233, 120-130.
  • Demirtepe H., Kjellerup B., Sowers K., and Imamoglu I. (2015) Evaluation of PCB dechlorination pathways in anaerobic sediment microcosms using an anaerobic dechlorination model, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 296, 120-127.