J. César Bezares-Cruz

Personnel Profile

J. César Bezares-Cruz, Assistant Professor

J. César Bezares-Cruz

- Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso, 2016
- M.S. Environmental Engineering, Purdue University, 2003
- B.S. Industrial Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico Humacao Campus, 2001

Research Interests
Environmental fate and transport of micro pollutants in engineered and natural systems
- Enhancement of advanced oxidation processes for sustainable water production
- Interaction of bacteria with estrogenic chemicals in granular suspended matter

Professional Experiences
Assistant Professor, TAMUK (Environmental Engineering Dep.), 2017 – present
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, 2016-2017

Sample Publications
  • Bezares-Cruz, J.C.; Walker, W.S.; Cox, M.B.; Garcia, Y.A.; Lee, W.Y.; “Detection of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds in Municipal Wastewater Treatment Facilities in El Paso, TX.”  Environmental Engineering Science  (Under Review - Environmental Engineering Science)
  • Peterson, K.; Tan, D.; Bezares-Cruz, J. C.; Novak, P.  "Estrone biodegradation in laboratory-scale systems designed for total nitrogen removal from wastewater" Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology 2017. https://doi.org/10.1039/C7EW00164A
  • A.F. Toro-Vélez; C.A. Madera-Parra; M.R. Peña-Varón; W.Y. Lee; J.C. Bezares- Cruz; W.S. Walker; H. Cárdenas-Henao; S. Quesada-Calderón; H. García-Hernández; P.N.L. Lens; “BPA and NP removal from municipal wastewater by tropical horizontal subsurface constructed wetlands” Sci. Total Environ., 542 (2016), pp. 93-101.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.09.154
  • Nienow AM; Hua I.; Poyer I.C.; Bezares-Cruz, J.C.; Jafvert CT.; “Multifactor Statistical Analysis of H2O2-Enhanced Photodegradation of Nicotine and Phosphamidon.”  Ind. Eng. Chem. Chem. Res.; 2009; 48(8); 3955-3963. https://doi.org/10.1021/ie801311f
  • Nienow, AM; Bezares-Cruz, JC; Poyer, IC; Hua, I; Jafvert, CT.; “Hydrogen peroxide-assisted UV photodegradation of Lindane.”  Chemosphere; 2008; 72(11); 1700-1705.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2008.04.080
  • Ahn, M.; Filley, T.; Jafvert, C.; Nies, L.; Hua, I.; Bezares-Cruz, J.; “Photodegradation of decabromodiphenyl ether adsorbed onto clay minerals, metal oxides, and sediment.”  Environ. Sci. Technol.; 2006; 40(1); 215-220. https://doi.org/10.1021/es051415t
  • Bezares-Cruz, J.; Jafvert, C. T.; Hua, I.; “Solar Photodecomposition of Decabromodiphenyl Ether: Products and Quantum Yield” Environ. Sci. Technol.; 2004; 38(15); 4149-4156. https://doi.org/10.1021/es049608o

Contact Information

Department of Environmental Engineering
Engineering Complex 267
MSC 213 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: 361-593-5830
fax: 361-593-2069
email: juan.bezares-cruz@tamuk.edu
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This page was last updated on: April 13, 2018