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Name: Bonzongo, Jean-Claude
Title: Associate Professor
Organization: Environmental Engineering Sciences, ESSIE
Education: Ph.D., Environmental Chemistry and Biology, University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France, 1990
Office Address: 320 Black Hall PO Box 116450 Gainesville, FL 32611-6450
Email: bonzongo@ufl.edu
Telephone: +1 (352) 392-7604

My current research follows two main and distinct tracks in which fundamental knowledge in thermodynamics, geochemistry, microbiology, and toxicology is used to study the fate and impacts of both current and emerging pollutants in natural systems, and ultimately, to develop environment friendly techniques for remediation of contaminated water and soil systems. With regard to remediation, the focus has been on the development of cost effective remedial approaches for metal-contaminated soils and waters. The first research track is aimed at developing an “understanding of the potentially complex interplay between engineered nanomaterials and both ecosystem functions and living organisms”. Nanotechnology carries the potential to substantially benefit environmental quality through pollution prevention, treatment, and remediation. It could, however, also lead to serious environmental problems as their long-term impacts remain largely unknown. The second track focuses on the “environmental biogeochemistry of trace metals”. This research component emphasizes studies on the environmental cycling, regulation, implication, and the biological role of pollutants released into the environment by different anthropogenic activities. Current research topics include: value-added to waste materials for remediation of metal-contaminated soils and sediments, tailoring and use of engineered nanomaterials in remediation of metal-contaminated wastewater effluents, and resource recovery as approach to pollution prevention and control.