Department of Civil Engineering
Telephone: 787-832-4040 ext.2136
Research Areas: Filtration, Recycled Glass, Photo-Degradation, Trihalomethanes, Titanium Dioxide
My research area focuses in the expansion of fundamental science in biological and physico-chemical processes to address water quality issues to excel current treatment technologies for contaminant of emerging concern. My area of expertise, specifically, deals with the understanding and development of novel filtration media (such as sintered glass doped with photocatalytic nanoparticles and polymer nanocomposite membranes) for pathogens control, organic pollutants destruction and water desalination.
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, 2010.
M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, 1999.
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, 1997.
The Environmental Engineering Laboratory (EEL) located in the Department of Civil Engineering provides academic services to train and develop skilled students, professionals, and other members of the academic community in environmental science and engineering. The EEL is used for formal and informal courses, research activities, and community services. The EEL facilities include 3,430 ft2 of indoor laboratory space and 1721 ft2 of field space. The facilities are well equipped with instrumentation for water, air, waste, and soil analysis. The field site, which is located next to the Civil Engineering building, contains unsaturated and saturated wells and instrumentation and climatologic station. It also supports geophysical and underground field measurements. The facilities also house the EnviroBeds Facilities, which consist of several subsurface and engineered-environmental-systems physical models, and computational facilities. These facilities permit students to get acquainted and use the most advanced technology for water resources management and pollution control.