Environmental Engineering Laboratory


EEL Publications (peer-reviewed papers) 2016 – 2020:

Clurman, A.M., Rodriguez-Narvaez O.M., Jayarathne A., De Silva G., Ranasinghe M.I., Goonetilleke A., Bandala E.R. 2020 Influence of surface hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity of biochar on the removal of emerging contaminants. Chemical Engineering Journal 402, 126277.

Zeidman A. Rodriguez O.M., Moon J., Bandala E.R. 2020. Removal of antibiotics in aqueous phase using silica-based immobilized nanomaterials: A review. Environmental Technology & Innovation 20, 101030.

Medrano-Rodriguez F., Picos-Benitez A., Brillas E., Bandala E.R., Perez T., Peralta-Hernandez J.M. 2020. Electrochemical advanced oxidation discoloration and removal of three brown diazo dyes used in the tannery industry. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry 873, 114360.

Laney B., Rodriguez-Narvaez O.M., Apambire B., Bandala E.R. Water defluoridation using sequentially coupled Moringa oleifera seed extract and electrocoagulation. Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation (In press).

Hong N., Goonetilleke A., Bandala E.R., Liu A. 2020. Assessing the effect of surface hydrophobicity/hydrophilicity on pollutant leaching potential of biochar in water treatment. Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry 89, 222-232.

Chiliquinga M., Espinoza-Montero P.J., Rodriguez O., Picos A., Bandala E.R., Gutierrez-Granados S., Peralta-Hernandez, J.M. 2020. Simultaneous electrochemical generation of ferrate and oxygen radicals to blue BR dye degradation. Processes 8, 753.

Rodriguez-Narvaez O.M., Rajapaksha R.D., Ranasinghe M.I., Bai X., Peralta-Hernandez J.M., Bandala E.R. 2020. Peroxymonosulfate decomposition by homogeneous and heterogeneous Co: Kinetics and application for the degradation of acetaminophen. Journal of Environmental Sciences 93, 30-40.

Ortiz A., Amabilis L., Bandala E.R., Garces R.A.G., Roe A., Moeller G. 2020. Using sequential coupled UV/H2O2-biologic system to treat industrial wastewater with high carbon and nitrogen contents. Process Safety and Environmental Protection 137, 192-199.

Rodriguez-Narvaez O.M., Pacheco-Alvarez M.O.A., Wrobel K., Bandala E.R., Brillas E., Peralta-Hernandez J.M. 2020. Development of a Co2+/PMS process involving target contaminant degradation and PMS decomposition. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology 17, 17-26.

Mortazavian S., Bandala E.R., Bae J., Chun D., Moon J. 2020. Assessment of p-nitroso dimethylaniline (pNDA) suitability as a hydroxyl radical probe: Investigating bleaching mechanism using immobilized zero-valent iron nanoparticles. Chemical Engineering Journal 385, 123748.

Bandala E.R., Rodriguez-Narvaez O.M. 2019. On the nature of hydrodynamic cavitation process and its application for the removal of water pollutants. Air, Soil, and Water Research 12, 1-16.

Rodriguez-Narvaez O.M., Peralta-Hernandez J.M., Goonetilleke A., Bandala E.R. Biochar-supported nano-materials for environmental applications. Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry 78, 21-33.

Quevedo-Castro A., Bandala E.R., Rangel-Peraza J., Amabilis-Sosa L., Sanhouse-Garcia A., Bustos-Terrones Y. 2019. Temporal and spatial study of water quality and trophic evaluation of a large tropical reservoir. Environments 6, 61-75.

Garcia-Alonso J.A., Sulbaran-Rangel B.C., Bandala E.R., Del Real J. 2019. Adsorption and kinetic studies of the removal of ciprofloxacin from aqueous solutions by diatomaceous earth. Desalination and Water Treatment 162, 331-340.

Bandala E.R., Kebede K., Jonsson N., Murray R., Green D., Mejia J.F., Martinez-Austria P.F. 2019. Extreme heat and mortality rates in Las Vegas, Nevada: Decadal trends and thresholds. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology 1-12.

Mortazavian S., Jones-Lepp T., Bae J., Chun D., Bandala E.R. Moon J. 2019. Heat-treated biochar impregnated with zero-valent iron nanoparticles for organic contaminants removal from aqueous phase: Material characterizations and kinetic studies. Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry 76, 197-214.

Bandala E.R., Berli M. 2019. Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) and their role at the nexus of food, energy, and water. Materials Science for Energy Technologies 2(1), 29-40.

Quevedo-Castro A., Lopez J.L., Rangel-Peraza J.G., Bandala E.R., Bustos-Terrones Y. 2019. Study of the water quality of a tropical reservoir. Environments 6(1), 7 (org/10.3390/environments6010007).

Ramirez-Sanchez I.M., Bandala E.R. Photocatalytic degradation of estriol using iron-doped TiO2 under high and low UV irradiation. Catalysis 8, 625.

Quevedo-Castro A., Rangel-Peraza J.G., 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 multiparameter. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 8(4), 752-766.

Bandala E.R. 2018. Engineered nanomaterials in the food-energy-water nexus: The next quantum leap or global threat? EC Ecology and Environmental Science1 (2018).

Rodriguez-Narvaez O.M., Perez L.S., Yee N.G., Peralta Hernandez J.M., Bandala E.R. Comparison between Fenton and Fenton-like reactions for L-proline degradation. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology (DOI 10.1007/s13762-018-1764-1).

Villasenor-Basulto D., Del Real-Olvera J., Astudillo-Sanchez P., Bandala E.R. Wastewater treatment using Moringa oleifera Lam seeds: A review. Journal of Water Process Engineering 23,151-164.

Campos Diaz K.E., Alvarez Cruz J.L., Lira Rodriguez M.L., BandalaR. 2017. Coupled inverse fluidized bed bioreactor with advanced oxidation process for treatment of vinasse. AIMS Geosciences 3(4), 538-551.

Goonetilleke A., Liu A., Managi S., Wilson C., Gardner T., Bandala E.R., Walker L., Holden J., Wibowo M.A., Suripin S., Joshi H., Benotto D.M., Rajapaksa D. 2017. Stormwater reuse, a viable option: Fact of fiction? Economic Analysis and Policy 56, 14-17.

Alvarez-Cruz J.L., Campos Diaz K.E., Bandala E.R., Lopez Sanchez F. 2017. Landfill leachate treatment using coupled, sequential coagulation-flocculation and advanced oxidation processes. AIMS Geosciences 3(4), 526-537.

Ramirez-Sanchez I.M., Tuberty S., Hambourger M., Bandala E.R. Resource efficiency analysis for photocatalytic degradation and mineralization of estriol using TiO2 nanoparticles. Chemosphere 184, 1270-1285.

Huesca-Espitia L.C., Sanchez-Salas J.L., Bandala E.R. Effect of coat layers in Bacillus subtilis spores resistance to photo-catalytic inactivation. AIMS Geosciences 3(4), 514-525.

Rodriguez O., Peralta-Hernandez J.M., Goonetilleke A., Bandala E.R. Treatment technologies for emerging contaminants in water: A review. Chemical Engineering Journal 323, 361-380.

Sanchez-Salas J.L., Aguilar Ubeda A., Flores Gomez B., Maynez Navarro O.D., Mendez Rojas M.A., Reyna Tellez S., Bandala E.R. Inactivation of bacterial spores and vegetative bacterial cells by interaction with Zn-Fe2O3 nanoparticles and UV radiation. AIMS Geosciences 3(4), 498-513.

Martinez-Austria P., Bandala E.R. Temperature and heat-related mortality trends in the Sonoran and Mojave Desert region. Atmosphere 8, 53-66.

Huesca-Espitia L.C., Aurioles-Lopez V., Ramirez I. Sanchez-Salas J.L., Bandala E.R. Photocatalytic inactivation of highly resistant microorganisms in water: A kinetic approach. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry 337, 132-139.

Duran-Encalada J.A., Paucar-Caceres A., Bandala E.R., Wright G.H. 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, 567-581.

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.

Bandala E.R., Patino-Gomez C. 2016. Appropriate technology and climate change adaptation. Physics and Chemistry of Earth 91,1.

Bustos-Terrones Y., Rangel-Peraza J.G., Sanhouse A., Bandala E.R., Torres L.G. 2016. Degradation of organic matter from wastewater using advanced primary treatment by O3 and O3/UV in a pilot plant. Physics and Chemistry of Earth 91, 61-67.

Perez L.S., Rodriguez O.M., Reyna S., Sanchez-Salas J.L., Lozada J.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.

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 p-nitrophenol biodegradation. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 91, 38-45.

Aurioles-Lopez V., Polo-Lopez M.I., Fernandez-Ibañez 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

Martínez-Austria P.F., Bandala E.R., Patiño C. 2016.Temperature and heat wave trends in northwest Mexico. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth 91, 20-26.


Erick R. Bandala, Ph.D.
Lab Director


Desert Research Institute
755 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119


Hydrologic Sciences