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Matthew Ross

Associate Professor, Chemistry

PhD (Alberta), B.Sc. (Arizona State)

On Sabbatical Leave

5-138P, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Matthew Ross is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Sciences at MacEwan University. His research focuses on understanding the sources and fate of anthropogenic pollutants in the environment, as well as developing analytical methodologies to support those studies. In particular, current research in his group focuses on characterizing microplastic pollution in urban and freshwater environments. His multidisciplinary research encompasses areas of environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, and toxicology.

Dr. Ross received his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Arizona State University, after which he moved to Edmonton to pursue a PhD in environmental and analytical chemistry at the University of Alberta. After the completion of his PhD in 2011, Dr. Ross worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Alberta. He joined the Department of Physical Sciences at MacEwan University in 2012.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Pollutant fate and transport, microplastics, naphthenic acids, gas chromatography, liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, forensic chemistry

Teaching and Research Interests

Current research areas

  • Microplastic sources and fate in urban environments
  • Novel methods for characterization of microplastics
  • Identification of naphtenic acids in oil sands process water
  • Chromatography method development
  • Behavioral toxicology of environmetnal contaminants

Courses taught

  • CHEM 101/102 Introductory Chemistry
  • CHEM 353 Forensic Chemistry
  • CHEM 372 Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 472 Advanced Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM 474 Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 496 Techniques in Applied Laboratory Chemistry

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Bujaczek, T.; Kolter, S.; Locky, D.; Ross, M.S. Characterization of microplastics and anthropogenic fibers in surface waters of the North Saskatchewan River, Alberta, Canada. FACETS. 2020, doi: 10.1139/facets-2020-0057

Challis, J.K.; Parajas, A.; Anderson, J.; Asiedu, E.; Martin, J.W.; Wong, C.S.; Ross, M.S. Photodegradation of Bitumen-Derived Organics in Oil Sands Process-Affected Water. Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts. 2020, 22, 1243-1255. doi: 10.1039/D0EM00005A

Ross, M. S.; Pereira, A. S.; Fennell, J.; Davies, M.; Johnson, J.; Sliva, L.; Martin, J. W. Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Naphthenic Acids in Natural Waters Surrounding the Canadian Oil Sands Industry.  Environ. Sci. Technol. 2012, 46, 3196-3203.

Ross, M. S.; Wong, C. S.; Martin, J. W. Isomer Specific Siotransformation of Perfluorooctane Sulfonamide in Sprague-Dawley Rats. Environ. Sci. Tech. 2012, 46, 12796-12805.

Martin, J. W.; Asher, B. J.; Beesoon, S.; Benskin, J. P.; Ross, M. S.  PFOS or PreFOS? Are Perfluorooctane Sulfonate Precursors (PreFOS) Important Determinants of Human and Environmental Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) Exposure?  J. Environ. Monit. 2010, 12, 1979-2004.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Engage Grant, 2018 
  • MacEwan University, Strategic Project Grant, 2017 
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Discovery Grant, 2015 
  • MacEwan University, Special Projects Grant, 2015
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Discovery Grant, 2014–2019
  • MacEwan University Special Projects Grant, 2013
  • MacEwan University Arts and Sciences Research Fund, 2013
  • MacEwan University Project Grant, 2013

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, member
  • Canadian Society for Chemistry, member
  • American Chemical Society, member