Working with Native American communities to better understand biogeochemical processes affecting the transport of metals and radionuclides to inform risk assessment and remediation strategies.
Sustainable and energy-efficient water treatment technologies making use of nano-particulate metal-oxides and microbial redox processes.
Investigating the effect of wildfire ash transported after storm events on surface water quality.
Investigation of physical and chemical processes affecting wellbore integrity for oil and gas production.
The objective of this project is to identify aquifer restoration strategies that will result in re-establishment of high quality ground water following completion of ISL uranium mining.
Laboratory in Centennial Engineering Building for experiments.
The Analytical Chemistry Laboratory is located in the second floor, room 213 of Northrop Hall, Earth and Planetary Sciences and is equipped with various types of instruments including three PerkinElmer inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) systems for majors and minors elements analysis, one PerkinElmer NexION 300D inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) for trace elements analysis, Flexar PerkinElmer HPLC for organics and trace elements speciation, Dionex CoulChem III Electrochemical Detector for organics analysis, flow injection mercury (FIMS) for trace Hg analysis, X-ray fluorescence (XRF) for majors and minors solid samples elemental analysis, New Wave laser ablation elemental analysis with CryoCell for biota analysis, Dionex SCI 1100 Ion Chromatography anions analytical system, and various types of samples preparation apparatus for different sample analysis techniques.
XPS AXIS-Ultra DLD, Kratos Analytical is part of Center for Emerging Energy Technologies at UNM. The XPS has both a monochromatic Al anode as well as a non-monochromatic Mg x-ray source. It is equipped with heating and cooling stage as well as two types of guns (Ar and polyatomic) for depth sputtering. This instrument currently has sub-micron spatial resolution, while spectra can be acquired from areas ranging from less than 15 microns to greater than several millimeters. The high temperature catalyst reaction cell (WX-530) allows for in-situ analysis of high temperature (up to 1000Â°C) catalytic reactions. XPS data analysis also utilizes a number of multivariate analysis methods for evaluation of images and spectra.
The TEM laboratory is equipped with two transmission electron microscopes. The first is a JEOL 2010 200kV high resolution transmission electron microscope capable of a 0.19 nm point to point resolution. A Gatan high resolution Orius CCD camera is fitted to the instrument allowing on-line acquisition and processing of digital images. This instrument is equipped with a new (2009) Oxford Analytical INCA 200 EDS analytical system which uses an ultra thin window EDS detector capable of detecting all elements down to boron. In 2000 the TEM laboratory installed a JEOL 2010F FASTEM TEM/STEM instrument purchased with funds from NSF and the University of New Mexico. This has an exceptional array of analytical capabilities including energy filtered imaging (EFTEM), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), X-ray microanalysis and X-ray mapping at the subnanometer level, and bright and dark field STEM imaging, as well as traditional TEM techniques such as electron diffraction and high resolution imaging. Our instrument is equipped with a GATAN image filtering (GIF) system for energy filtered TEM (EFTEM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), an Oxford ultrathin window EDS detector connected an Oxford INCA X-ray analysis system. The laboratory is also equipped with a full range of sample preparation equipment including a GATAN Precision Ion Polishing System, a GATAN Duo ion beam milling instrument, ultramicrotome (RMC Ventana), and carbon coaters.
UNM installed an FEI Quanta 3D FEG Dualbeam focused ion beam/FEGSEM in the Electron Microbeam Facility in Earth and Planetary Sciences in late Fall 2008. The instrument is a high resolution FEGSEM that is also capable of a wide range of nanomachining and nanofabrication applications using the ion beam column, and will be used extensively for the preparation of site-specific TEM samples. The instrument is equipped with full in situ sample lift out capabilities for removing TEM foils from samples using an Omniprobe AutoProbe 200.2 micromanipulator. We have undergone advanced training in the lift out technique and have now attained a considerable degree of competency with the technique. In addition, the instrument also is equipped with an EDAX Genesis EDS system with an Apollo 40 SSD detector for X-ray microanalysis and a TSL EBSD system for electron crystallography. The Quanta FEG 3D is also an environmental SEM and can be used to study uncoated samples under controlled vacuum conditions.
The XRD facilities consist of a Rigaku SmartLab II powder XRD instrument as well as a Rigaku Rapid microX-ray diffractometer. The Rapid instrument provides significant new research opportunities with the ability to obtain non-destructive power XRD patterns from very small samples and in situ from thin sections at a spatial resolution as high as about 30 microns.
Postdoc, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013
PhD, Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2010
MS, Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2005
BS, Civil Engineering, National Autonomous University of Honduras, 2001.
PhD in Environmental Sciences, Lebanese University and University of Paul Sabatier Toulouse-France, 2015.
MS, Hydrosciences. Ecole Doctorale des Sciences et de Technologie-EDST. Lebanese University, 2011
MS, Biochemistry. Lebanese University, 2010
BSc in Biochemistry. Lebanese University, 2008
PhD, Soil, Water & Environmental Chemistry, University of Arizona
MS, Soil, Water & Environmental Chemistry, University of Arizona
BS, Plant Production, Land Reclamation - Soils and Water Chemistry, University of Basrah, Iraq
PhD, Environmental Science and Engineering, Rice University
MS, Environmental Science and Engineering, Rice University
BS, Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis
MS, Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University
BS, Chemical Engineering, Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering
MS, Civil Engineering emphasis in Environmental Engineering, Univeristy of New Mexico
BE, Chemical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, Dubai
MS, Engineering Management Universidad Castilla La Mancha
MS, Chemical Engineering Oregon State University
BS, Chemical Engineering Universidad San Francisco de Quito - Ecuador
MS, Environmental Science, University of New Mexico
BS, Environmental Science, University of New Mexico
MWR, Hydroscience concentration, University of New Mexico
BA, Environmental Studies, Prescott College
BS, Water Resources Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
BS, Geoscience, Virginia Tech
BS, Civil Engineering, University of New Mexico
Former Postdoctoral Fellow at E-H2O
Former Postdoctoral Fellow at E-H2O
Former Postdoctoral Fellow at E-H2O
Former Postdoctoral Fellow at E-H2O
Co-advised by Dr. John Stormont
Co-advised by Dr. Bruce Thomson
Co-advised by Dr. Bruce Thomson
Dr. Rodriguez-Freire joined the E-H2O team in August 2015 and she investigated biogeochemical processes that affect the cycle of metals and radionuclides in the environment.
As an Assistant Professor of the John A. Reif, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology,
Dr. Rodriguez-Freire will be harnessing the interaction between biological and inorganic systems to: (1) investigate the effect of contaminants to natural biogeochemical cycles
in order to predict, avoid and/or remediate current and future detrimental effects to the environment; (2) engineer highly-efficient and sustainable resource-recovery technologies
from agricultural, industrial and mining waste; and (3) design state-of-the-art wastewater treatment systems to remove persistent contaminants in the environment using ubiquitous
and low-value materials. Congratulations Professor Rodriguez-Freire!
Carmen A. Velasco is on her second year of her doctoral degree at the UNM Civil Engineering Department. Carmen presented her research progress on the 2017
American Vacuum Society (AVS) Annual Symposium and was awarded the 1st place at the Poster Presentation on May 16, 2017. “AVS is an interdisciplinary,
professional Society that supports networking among academic, industrial, government, and consulting professionals involved in a several disciplines such
as chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and engineering..."
Carmen was also awarded as the winner of the 1st place on a Poster Presentation on the Rocky Mountain Section America Water Works Association (AWWA) Student Chapter Conference on May 22, 2017. She also presented her work at the AWWA-ACE17 Professional Conference in Philadelphia on June 2017. “AWWA is an international, nonprofit, scientific and educational society dedicated to providing total water solutions assuring the effective management of water."
Dr. Cerrato has been awarded the UNM School of Engineering (SOE) Junior Faculty Research Award.
Faculty awardees are nominated by their departmental chair and are selected by the previous year’s winners. The Junior Faculty Research Award is awarded to an
associate professor or lower in grade and no more than 6 years at UNM in a tenure-track position.
Sumant Avasarala, a PhD student in the UNM Department of Civil Engineering, was awarded first place for an Outstanding Poster Presentation
in the 1st Environmental Division Student Poster Session at the 2017 Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) annual conference and expo
and the Colorado Mining Association’s (CMA) 119th National Western Mining Conference in Denver, CO.
Dr. Cerrato has been awarded the Inaugural New Mexico EPSCoR Mentoring Award at the NM EPSCoR All Hands Meeting on April 27, 2017.
"The NM EPSCoR Mentoring Award is designed to recognize NM EPSCoR participants who not only build relationships with students and support their academic, research, and career endeavors, but also work to create inclusive environments for our diverse students."
Dr. Cerrato received the NSF CAREER AWARD for his project “Understanding Reactivity in American Native Impacted Uranium Mines (URANIUM): Research, Education and Outreach.
The CAREER is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research
and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.
Dr. Cerrato’s project integrates research, education, and outreach activities to identify governing biogeochemical mechanisms affecting the contamination and remediation of metals in organic-rich sediments in abandoned uranium (U) mine wastes in northwest and central New Mexico. The knowledge from this project will help inform reclamation strategies, investigating resources that could be recovered from these wastes to potentially benefit affected communities. Partnership with Native American communities in New Mexico will facilitate information exchange, access to sites, and collaborative training opportunities for students.
For more information please visit the following website: NSF Link.
Dr. Cerrato's research was featured in the Emerging Investigators 2016 special issue of the journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts.
The following statement from the journal describes the objective of this special issue: "Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts is committed to supporting early career scientists, and it is because of this that we are very pleased to introduce the fourth edition of our Emerging Investigators issue, which celebrates the best and brightest among early career scientists around the world." Additional details about this special issue can be found at the following link: Link.
The title of the article from Dr. Cerrato's research group featured in this issue is "Wildfires and water chemistry: effect of metals associated with wood ash", which was co-authored in collaboration with undergraduate students Chris Hirani and Alexander Clark, and Drs. Johanna Blake, Abdul-Mehdi Ali, Kateryna Artyushkova, Eric Peterson, and Rebecca Bixby from the University of New Mexico. Link To Paper.
Dr. José Cerrato, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, recently received the 2016 Faculty of Color Award in the "Research Category" from the Project of New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC). The award recognizes an individual who engages in research that is significant to communities of color, uses community-based practices, critical methodologies or theories, or who promotes co-research with students. Award nominations are submitted by students; his PhD student Nabil Shaikh submitted the nomination. Link.
Johanna Blake, postdoc of the E-H2O Research Group, has received an offer to work at the US Geological Survey in Albuquerque, congratulations!
Our paper titled Elevated concentrations of U and co-occurring metals in abandoned mine wastes in a Northeastern Arizona Native American community has been published in Environmental Science & Technology.
The work of the E-H2O Research Group on reactivity of metals from Abandoned Uranium Mine Wastes has been featured in the NMEPSCOR website.
Jan 27, 2017
Dr. Cerrato receives the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER AWARD!
May 24, 2016
Dr. Lucia Rodriguez-Freire wins Best Oral Presentation (Third Place) in the New Mexico AVS Symposium, which took place in Albuquerque on May 24th
April 28, 2016
Dr. Jose Cerrato, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, recently received the 2016 Faculty of Color Award in the "Research Category" from the Project of New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC).
April 18, 2016
Sumant Avasarala wins Best Student Presentation Award (First Place) in NGWA Conference on Hydrology and Water Quality in the Southwest which took place in Albuquerque, NM
May 22, 2015
Cherie DeVore wins Best Student Presentation Award (Second Place) in AWWA Rocky Mountain Chapter Student Conference which took place in New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
Chris Hirani, SCCORE Student of the UNM Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) program sponsored by NSF co-advised by Drs. Johanna Blake, Abdul-Mehdi Ali, and Jose Cerrato wins best student poster presentation award in the New Mexico Academy of Sciences Symposium
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