Dr. Erick R. Bandala Gonzalez

Assistant Research Professor Environmental Science
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Water Quality, Water Treatment, Advanced Oxidation Processes, Water Disinfection and Water Detox, Nano-sized Materials, Site Restoration

Dr. Bandala performs research in water quality, water treatment and site restoration. His major experience is in developing countries on the generation and adaptation of technology for the generation of safe drinking water and proper sanitation. Development and implementation of cutting-edge analytical approach to chemical and microbiological water quality is also within his areas of expertise. Specific research interest includes solar driven Advanced Oxidation Processes, assessing the effect of Climate Change on water quality, developing adaptive technologies for sustainable water quality management, water chemistry, stormwater quality and treatment.

Further areas of interest are: site restoration, non-conventional energy sources and the effect of water quality on human health. He holds a PH.D. degree in Engineering, M.Sc. degree in Organic Chemistry and B.Eng. degree in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Bandala is author or co-author of over 100 publications including 68 peer-reviewed papers (average impact factor 2.7, >1530 citations, h-index 22); 5 books, 28 book chapters and 60 works published in proceedings of international conferences. He also possess wide experience working as consultant working with different companies along North and South America.

Publications & Presentations


Bandala, E. R., Berli, M. (2018). Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) and their role at the nexus of food, energy, and water, Materials Science for Energy Technologies, 2, (1), 29-40, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mset.2018.09.004
Bandala, E. R., Berli, M. (2018). Nanomaterials: New agrotechnology tools to improve soil quality?, In Agricultural nanobiotechnology: Modern agriculture for a sustainable future, 127-140
Martinez-Austria, P., Bandala, E. R. (2018). Heat waves: Health effects, observed trends and climate change, In Extreme Weather, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.72136
Moon, J., Bandala, E. R. (2018). Effect of nanoparticles on the growth and development of crops for indoor agriculture applications, In Agricultural nanobiotechnology: Modern agriculture for a sustainable future, 11-120
Quevedo-Castro, A., Rangel-Peraza, J., Bandala, E. R., Amabilis-Sosa, L., Rodriguez-Mata, A., Bustos-Terrones, Y. (2018). Developing a water quality index in a tropical reservoir using a measure of multiparameters, Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, https://doi.org/10.2166/washdev.2018.049
Rodriguez-Narnaez, O., Perez, L., Yee, N., Peralta, J., Bandala, E. R. (2018). Comparison between Fenton and Fenton-like reactions for L-proline degradation, International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13762-018-1764-1
Sanchez-Salas, J. L., Flores-Cervantes, D., Bandala, E. R. (2018). Water recalcitrant contaminants: Sources, assessment and remediation, In Wastewater and water contamination, 1-76
Villasenor-Basulto, D., Astudillo-Sanchez, P., del Real-Olvera, J., Bandala, E. R. (2018). Wastewater treatment using Moringa oleifera Lam seeds: A review, Journal of Water Process Engineering, 23, 151-164, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jwpe.2018.03.017
Villasenor-Basulto, D., Pedavoah, M., Bandala, E. R. (2018). Plant materials for the synthesis of nanomaterials: Greener sources, In Handbook of Ecomaterials


Duran-Encalada, J., Paucar-Caceres, A., Bandala, E. R., Wright, G. (2017). The impact of global climate change on water quantity and quality: A system dynamics approach to the US-Mexican transborder region, European Journal of Operational Research, 256, (2), 567-581, doi: 10.1016/j.ejor.2016.06.016
Goonetilleke, A., Wijesiri, B., Bandala, E. R. (2017). Water and soil pollution implications of road traffic, Eds. Hester, R., Harrison, R., In Environmental impacts of road vehicles: Past, present and future, 86-106, The Royal Society of Chemistry
Goonetilleke, A., Liu, A., Managi, S., Wilson, C., Gardner, T., Bandala, E. R., Walker, L., Holden, J., Wibowo, M., Supirin, S., Joshi, H., Bonotto, D., Rajapaksa, D. (2017). Stormwater reuse, a viable option: Fact or fiction?, Economic Analysis and Policy, 56, 14-17
Huesca-Espitia, L., Aurioles-Lopez, V., Ramirez, I., Sanchez-Salas, J., Bandala, E. R. (2017). Photocatalytic inactivation of highly resistant microorganisms in water: A kinetic approach, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A-Chemistry, 337, 132-139, doi: 10.1016/jjphotochem.2017.01.025
Martinez-Austria, P. F., Bandala, E. R. (2017). Temperature and heat-related mortality trends in the Sonoran and Mojave Desert region, Atmosphere, 8, (3), doi:10.3390/atmos8030053Article No. 53
Ramirez-Sanchez, I. M., Tuberty, S., Hambourger, M., Bandala, E. R. (2017). Resource efficiency analysis for photocatalytic degradation and mineralization of estriol using TiO2 nanoparticles, Chemosphere, 184, 1270-1285
Ramirez, I., Mendez-Rojas, M., Bandala, E. R. (2017). Photocatalytic degradation of natural and synthetic estrogen with semiconducting nanoparticles, In Advanced Environmental Analysis: Applications of Nanomaterials, doi: 10.1039/9781782629139-00153
Rodriguez, O., Peralta, J., Goonetilleke, A., Bandala, E. R. (2017). Treatment technologies for emerging contaminants in water: A review, Chemical Engineering Journal, 323, 361-380, doi: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.04.106
Sanchez-Salas, J., Aguilar Ubeda, A., Flores Gomez, B., Maynez Navarro, O., Mendez Rojas, M., Reyna Tellez, S., Bandala, E. R. (2017). Inactivation of bacterial spores and vegetative bacterial cells by interaction with ZnO-Fe2O3 nanoparticles and UV radiation, AIMS Gesciences, 3, (4), 498-513
Sanchez-Salas, J., Raynal-Gutierrez, M. E., Bandala, E. R. (2017). Aerobic treatment of petroleum industry effluents, Eds. Lee, D., Jegatheesan, V., Ngo, H., Hallenbeck, P. C., Pandey, A., In Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 79-102, doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-63665-2.00003-5 Elsevier: Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Aurioles-Lopez, V., Polo-Lopez, I., Fernandez-Ibanez, P., Lopez-Malo, A., Bandala, E. R. (2016). Effect of iron salt counter ion in dose-response curves for inactivation of Fusarium solani in water through solar driven Fenton-like processes., Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 91, 46-52
Bandala, E. R., Goonetilleke, A. (2016). Emerging contaminants in urban stormwater: Challenges and perspectives for sustainable water use., 1-3, Brief for GSDR-2016 Update: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/science/crowdsourcedbriefs
Bandala, E. R., Patiño-Gómez, C. (2016). Appropriate technology and climate change adaptation., Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 91, 1
Bustos-Terrones, Y., Rangel-Peraza, J., Sanhouse, A., Bandala, E. R. (2016). Degradation of organic matter from wastewater using advanced primary treatment by O3 and O3/UV in a pilot plant, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 91, 61-67
Martinez, P., Bandala, E. R. (2016). Heat Waves: A growing climate change-related risk, https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/science/crowdsourcedbriefs, 1-3, Brief for GSDR-2016 Update: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/globalsdreport/2016
Martinez, P., Bandala, E. R. (2016). Maximum temperatures and heat-waves in Mexicali, Mexico: Trends and thresholds' analysis, Air, Soil and Water Research, 9, 21-28, doi: 10.4137/ASWR.532778
Martinez, P., Bandala, E. R., Patino-Gomez, C. (2016). Temperature and heat wave trends in northwest Mexico, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 91, 20-26, doi: 10.1016/j.pce.2015.07.005
Perez, L. S., Rodriguez, O., Sanchez-Salas, J. L., Lozada, D., Quiroz, M. A., Bandala, E. R. (2016). Oil refinery wastewater treatment using coupled electrocoagulation and fixed film biological processes., Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 91, 53-60, doi: 10.1016/j.pce.2015.10.018
Ramirez, I., Bandala, E. R. (2016). Use of ferrate and ferrites for water disinfection, In Ferrites and Ferrates: Chemistry and applications in sustainable energy and environmental remediation, ACS Books: Washington DC
Velez-Lee, E., Cordova-Lozano, F., Bandala, E. R., Sanchez-Salas, J. L. (2016). Cloning and expression of vgb gene in Bacillus cereus, improve phenol and pnitrophenol biodegradation, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, 91, 38-45, doi: 10.1016/j.pce.2015.10.017


Bustos, Y., Rangel-Peraza, J., Rojas-Valencia, N., Bandala, E. R., Alvarez-Gallegos, A., Vargas-Estrada, L. (2015). Treatment of industrial effluents by electrochemical generation of H2O2 using a FVC cathode in a parallel plate reactor, Environmental Technology, 1-13
Castillo-Ledezma, J., Rodriguez, F., Lopez-Malo, A., Sanchez-Mora, E., Quiroz, M. A., Bandala, E. R. (2015). Synthesis, structural characterization and photocatalytic activity of iron-doped titanium dioxide nanopowders synthesized by co-precipitation., Journal of Technology Innovations in Renewable Energy, 4, (1), 1-9
Lopez-Ayala, S., Rincon, M. E., Quiroz, M. A., Bandala, E. R., Mendez-Rojas, M., Castano, V. (2015). Nanocrystalline titania doped by metal precursors in the photocatalytic degradation of 2,4-D sodium salt, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology, 311, 166-175
Romero-Zarazua, M., Sanchez-Salas, J. L., Quiroz, M. A., Bandala, E. R., Mendez-Rojas, M. (2015). Occupational exposure to heavy metals in a metalmechanical auto part manufacturing plant in Puebla, Mexico, International Journal of Environmental Health Engineering, 4, (1), 8-15
Sanchez-Arreola, E., Martin-Torres, G., Lozada-Ramirez, J. D., Hernandez, L. R., Bandala, E. R., Bach, H. (2015). Biodiesel production and de-oiled seed cake nutritional values of a Mexican edible Jatropha curcas, Renewable Energy, 76, 143-147, doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2014.11.017


Bustos, Y., Vaca, M., Lopez, R., Bandala, E. R., Torres, L. G., Rojas-Valencia, N. (2014). Disinfection of primary municipal wastewater effluents using continuous UV and ozone treatment, Journal of Water Resource and Protection, 6, 16-21
Castillo-Ledezma, J., Lopez-Malo, A., Pelaez, M. A., Dionysiou, D., Bandala, E. R. (2014). Modeling the enhanced photocatalytic photocatalytic solar disinfection of Escherichia coli using Nitrogen-doped TiO2., Journal of Surfaces and Interfaces of Materials, 2, (4), 1-9
Molina, J., Sanchez-Salas, J. L., Zuniga, C., Mendoza, E., Cuahtecontzi, R., Garcia-Perez, R., Gutierrez, E., Bandala, E. R. (2014). Low temperature processing of thin films based on rutile TiO2 nanoparticles for UV photocatalysis and bacteria inactivation., journal of Materials Sciences, 49, 786-793
Molina, J., Zuniga, C., Gutierrez, E., Mendoza, E., Sanchez-Salas, J. L., Bandala, E. R. (2014). Carrier Photogeneration in Metal-Semiconductor Structures Using Thin Films of Rutile-Phase TiO2 Nanoparticles., International Journal on Advances in Systems and Measurements, 7, (1-2), 34-43
Molina, J., Zuniga, C., Mendoza, E., Sanchez-Salas, J. L., Gutierrez, E., Bandala, E. R. (2014). Using thin films of rutile-phase TiO2 nanoparticles as photoactive materials in metal-semiconductor structures with low thermal processing., Energy and Environmental Focus, 2, (4), 299-306
Molina, J., Zúñiga, C., Moreno, M., Calleja, W., Rosales, P., Ambrosio, R., De la Hidalga, F., Gutiérrez, E., Sánchez-Salas, J. L., Bandala, E. R. (2014). Physical and electrical characterization of TiO2 particles after high temperature processing and before/after UV irradiation, Canadian Journal of Physics, 92, 832-837
Quiroz, M. A., Sanchez-Salas, J. L., Reyna, S., Bandala, E. R., Peralta-Hernandez, J. M., Martinez-Huitle, C. (2014). Degradation of 1-hydroxy-2,4dinitrobenzene from aqueous solutions by electrochemical oxidation: role of anodic material., Journal of Hazardous Materials, 268, 6-13


Bandala, E. R., Tiro, J. B., Lujan, M., Camargo, F., Sanchez-Salas, J. L., Reyna, S., Moeller, G., Torres, L. (2013). Petrochemical effluent treatment using natural coagulants and an aerobic biofilter., Advances in Environmental Research, 2, (3), 229-243




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