Lucy M. Camacho

Personnel Profile

Lucy M. Camacho, Assistant Professor

Lucy M. Camacho


- Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, New Mexico State University, USA, 2000 
- M.S., Electrochemistry, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany, 1988
- B.S., Chemistry, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany,1987

Research Interests

Water Desalination; Membrane distillation, Electrodialysis metathesis, and other innovative technologies for water purification applications; novel adsorbent materials; graphene oxide and graphene membranes; sustainable wastewater reuse; wastewater subproducts; and water-energy-food nexus.


- “EAGER-SUSCHEM: Rare Earth Metals Recovery from Geothermal Waters using Novel Electrodialysis Metathesis Process”, Award, National Science Foundation (~$70,000)
- “Acquisition of a Liquid Chromatograph-Inductively-Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectroscopic Instrument (LC-ICP-MS) for Speciation of Metal Ions in the Environment", MRI Award, National Sience Foundation (~$220K)
- Fellowship to M.S. student Trent Pinion to design mixed matrix membranes for Membrane Distillation Desalination, American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) ($3,000) 

Sample Publications

- Camacho, L.M, Fox, J., Ajedegba, J. (2017) Optimization of Electrodialysis Metathesis (EDM) Desalination using Factorial Design Methodology. Desalination, 403 136-143.
- Sullivan, G.E.J., Baktian, N., Camacho, L.M., Chellam, S., Mroue, A., Sperling, J.B., Topolski, K., Xu, P. (2017) Energy for water and desalination, Curr. Sustainable Renewable Energy Rep., 4:109-116.
- Gutierrez, M., Mickus, K., Camacho, L.M. (2016) Abandoned Pb-Zn mining wastes and their mobility as proxy to toxicity: a review. Science of the Total Environment, 565, 392-400.
- Camacho, L.M. and Tangri, N. (2015) Desalination of simulated shale gas produced water by Membrane Distillation.  Proceedings of the International Desalination Association (IDA) World Congress; San Diego, California, Aug 30-Sep 04, 2015, Paper 15WC:51592.
- Camacho, L.M., Ponnusamy, S., Campos, I., Davis, T., Deng, S. (2015) Evaluation of novel activated alumina as regenerant sorbent for arsenic removal.  In: Elsevier Handbook of Arsenic Toxicology, 1st Edition, S. Flora, Academic Press-Elsevier, 08 Jan 2015, 752 pp; Print Book ISBN: 9780124186880; eBook ISBN: 9780124199552.
- Camacho, L.M., Ludovic Dumée, Jianhua Zhang, Jun-de Li, Mikel Duke, Juan Gomez, Stephen Gray (2013) Advances in Membrane Distillation for Water Desalination and Purification Applications. Water, 5, 94-196; doi:10.3390/w5010094.
- Camacho, L.M., Deng, S, Torres, Arely (2012) Adsorption equilibrium and kinetics of fluoride on two synthetic zeolites. Environmental Research Journal, 6-3, 237-250.
- Camacho, L.M., Deng, S, Torres, Arely (2012) Adsorption equilibrium and kinetics of fluoride on two synthetic zeolites. In: Zeolites: Synthesis, Chemistry and Applications, Moisey K. Andreyev and Olya L. Zubkov editors, Nova Science Publishers Inc, NY., ISBN: 978-1-61942-861-4, August 2012.
- Yarlagadda, S., Gnaneswar, V., Camacho, L.M. (2011) Potable Water Recovery from As, U, and F Contaminated Ground Waters by Direct Contact Membrane Distillation Process. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 192, 1388-1394.
- Camacho, L.M., Parra, R. R.; Deng, S. (2011) Arsenic Removal for Groundwater by MnO2-modified Natural Clinoptilolite Zeolite: Effects of pH and Initial Feed Concentration. Journal of Hazardous Material, 189, 286-293.  
- Camacho, L. M., Gutierrez, M. Alarcon, M.T., Villalba M. L. Deng, S. (2011) Occurrence and Treatment of Arsenic in Groundwater and Soil in Northern Mexico and Southwestern USA. Chemosphere, 83, 211-225. 
- Cortes, P., Deng, S., Camacho, L.M., Geoffrey, B., (2010) The adsorption properties of Bacillus atrophaeus spore on functionalized carbon nanotubes. Journal of Sensors, Volume 2010, Article ID 691585, 8 pages. DOI:10.1155/2010/691585.
- Camacho, L.M., Torres, A., Saha, D., Deng, S. (2010) Adsorption equilibrium and kinetics of fluoride on sol-gel derived activated alumina adsorbents. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 349, 307-313.
- Camacho, L.M., Deng, S., Parra, R. (2010). Uranium removal from groundwater by natural clinoptilolite zeolite: Effects of pH and feed concentration. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 175, 393-398.
- Patil, P., Gnaneswar, V., Camacho, L.M., Deng, S.  (2010) Microwave-Assisted Catalytic Transesterification of Camelina Sativa Oil. Energy Fuels, 24, 1298-1304.
- Yarlagadda, S., Camacho, L.M., Gnaneswar, V. Wei, Z., Deng., S. (2009) Membrane distillation for desalination and other separations. Recent Patents on Chemical Engineering, 2, 2 128-158.
- Gutierrez, M., Alarcon-Herrera, M.T., Camacho, L.M. (2009) Geographical distribution of arsenic in sediments within the Rio Conchos Basin, Mexico. Environmental Geology, 57: 929-935. 

Professional Affiliations

Member, International Desalination Association (IDA), American Water Works Association (AWWA), American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA), Association of Environmental Engineers and Science Professors (AEESP) , American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Chemical Society (ACS), Society for Advancing Hispanic/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

Group Photos

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Contact Information

Department of Environmental Engineering
Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering, EC 371
MSC 213 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: (361) 593-2476
fax: (361) 593-2069
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