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Name: Mazyck, David
Title: Associate Professor
Organization: Environmental Engineering Sciences, ESSIE
Education: Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Penn State University, State College, PA, 2000
Office Address: 306 Ap Black Hall PO Box 116450 Gainesville, FL 32611-6450
Email: dmazyck@ufl.edu
Telephone: +1 (352) 846-1039

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Dr. Mazyck's primary research responsibilities and objectives are to lead a nationally and internationally recognized research program dedicated to advancing the current understanding of adsorption phenomena, photocatalysis, and air/water purification through novel engineered systems. Broadly, his research focuses on the purification of air and water via adsorption, photocatalysis, and/or a combination of the two for maintaining public health. Fundamentals of adsorption are used to tailor adsorbents through the optimization of physical (e.g., pore size distribution) and chemical (e.g., electron density) properties. More specifically, the surface chemistry of carbonaceous (e.g., activated carbon) and silica adsorbents are studied to better understand the adsorbent-adsorbate interface. The robustness of these adsorbents is enhanced through the incorporation of photocatalysts (e.g., TiO2) to either improve remediation efficiency or to accomplish in-situ regeneration. The overarching theme of my research program is to tailor sorbents for the purification of water and air (e.g., Hg capture). In other words, I rely on the fundamentals of adsorption phenomena, chemistry, photocatalysis, and engineering to custom build particles that are more efficient at their task compared to currently available technologies. Current research efforts are divided equally amongst activated carbon, silica, and photocatalytic particles. The primary objective is to tailor these materials to solve particular problems (e.g., removal of mercury from coal-fired power plant flue gas, VOCs from paper mills and potential drinking water, and taste and odor causing compounds from drinking water).


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