Environmental Engineering

Department of Environmental Engineering

David Ramirez


Chair and Professor

Education

  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000
  • B.S., Biochemical Engineering, Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Mexico, 1995

Research Interest

Air quality control technology; capture and recovery of organic vapors emitted from industrial sources using carbon based adsorbents; sustainable technology for pollution prevention and green manufacturing; atmospheric transformations of engineered nanomaterials, manufacture of carbon based adsorbents, nanoparticle adsorption.

Honors and Awards

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2009
  • Professor of the Year, Classes of 2014 – 2016 and 2019, Department of Environmental Engineering
  • 2012 Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering, Dean’s Research Award
  • 2011 Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering, Dean’s Teaching Award
  • 2010 Young Professional Best Paper Award, 103rd Annual Conference & Exhibition of the Air & Waste Management Association
  • Annual National Scholarship Award, Air & Waste Management Association, 2002-2003

Professional Experience

  • Chair, TAMUK (Environmental Engineering Dep.), 2019 - present
  • Professor, TAMUK (Environmental Engineering Dep.), 2018 - present
  • Interim Department Chair, TAMUK (Environmental Engineering Dep.), Feb-Aug. 2018
  • Associate Professor, TAMUK (Environmental Engineering Dep.), 2012 - 2018
  • Interim Executive Director, Eagle Ford Center for Research, Education and Outreach (EFCREO), 2015-2016
  • Director of Environmental Technology, EFCREO, 2014-2015
  • Director, CREST-RESSACA, Texas A&M University–Kingsville, 2012-2014
  • Assistant Professor, TAMUK (Environmental Engineering Dep.), 2006 - 2012
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at
  • Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
  • Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC
  • Network Administrator, Air Quality Engineering & Science Research Group, UIUC
  • Graduate Researcher, UIUC - Abbot Laboratories
  • Sanitary Inspector, Institute of Health of the State of Aguascalientes, Mexico
  • High School Teacher, C.E.T.I.S. No. 155, Aguascalientes, Mexico

Sample Publications

  1. Ghobadi, J.; Ramirez, D.; Khoramfar, S.; Jerman, R.; Crane, M.; Oladosu, O. (2019) “An Experimental Study of a Hollow-Fiber Membrane-Contacting System for Carbon Dioxide/Methane Separation”, SPE Production & Operations, 34(2), 9.
  2. Haces-Fernandez, F.; Li, H.; Ramirez, D. (2018) “Wave energy characterization and assessment in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, East and West Coasts with Energy Event concept”, Renewable Energy, 123, 312-322.
  3. Haces-Fernandez, F.; Li, H.; Ramirez, D. (2018) “Assessment of the Potential of Energy Extracted from Waves and Wind to Supply Offshore Oil Platforms Operating in the Gulf of Mexico”, Energies, 11(5), 1084.
  4. Ghobadi, J.; Ramirez, D.; Khoramfar, S.; Jerman, R.; Crane, M.; Hobbs, K. (2018) “Simultaneous absorption of carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide from simulated flue gas stream using gas-liquid membrane contacting system”, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 77, 37-45.
  5. Ghobadi, J.; Ramirez, D.; Jerman, R.; Crane, M.; Khoramfar, S. (2018) “CO2 separation performance of different diameter polytetrafluoroethylene hollow fiber membranes using gas-liquid membrane contacting system”, Journal of Membrane Science, 549, 75-83.
  6. Ramirez D.; Xi, W.; Malwade, K.; Oyelakin, O. (2017) “The Climate Change-Air Pollution Connection: Adsorption as a Mitigation Strategy”, book chapter in Facing the Threat: Climate Change, UDLAP, 45-59; ISBN 978-607-7690-60-3.
  7. Malwade, K.; Lataye, D.; Mhaisalkar, V.; Kurwadkar, S.; Ramirez, D. (2016) “Adsorption of hexavalent chromium onto activated carbon derived from Leucaena leucocephala waste sawdust: kinetics, equilibrium and thermodynamics”, International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 13, 2107-2116.
  8. Gangupomu, R. H.; Sattler, M. L. and Ramirez, D. (2016) “Comparative Study of Carbon Nanotubes and Granular Activated Carbon: Physicochemical Properties and Adsorption Capacities”, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 302, 362-374.
  9. Kurwadkar, S.; Zhang, X.; Ramirez, D. and Mitchell, F. (2015) Emerging Micro-Pollutants in the Environment: Occurrence, Fate, and Distribution, American Chemical Society. 1198: ISBN13: 9780841230781; eISBN: 9780841230798; DOI: 10.1021/bk-2015-1198
  10. Malwade, K.; Ramirez, D. and Sudarshan, K. (2015) “A Comparative Study of the Aqueous-Phase Adsorption of Sulfamethazine onto Commercially Available and Laboratory Developed Activated Carbon”, book chapter in Emerging Micro-Pollutants in the Environment: Occurrence, Fate, and Distribution, ACS, 1198: 113-13.
  11. Kurwadkar, S.; Zhang, X.; Ramirez, D.; Mitchell, F. L. (2015) Preface: Emerging Micro-Pollutants in the Environment: Occurrence, Fate, and Distribution, American Chemical Society, 1198: xiii-xvi.
  12. Kurwadkar, S.; Zhang, X.; Mitchell, F. L.; Ramirez, D. (2015) Introduction: Emerging Micro-Pollutants in the Environment: Occurrence, Fate, and Distribution, American Chemical Society. 1198: 1-16.
  13. Gangupomu, R. H.; Sattler, M. L. and Ramirez, D. (2014) “Carbon Nanotubes for Air Pollutant Control via Adsorption: A Review”, Reviews in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 3(2), 1-11.
  14. Ramirez, D.; Ren, J.; Jones, K.; Lamm, H. (2013) Environmental Sustainability Issues in the South Texas-Mexico Border Region, Book, ISBN 978-94-007-7121-5, Springer Science and Business Media.
  15. Carter, E. M.; Katz, L. E.; Speitel, G. E.; Ramirez, D. (2011) “Gas-phase formaldehyde adsorption isotherm studies on activated carbon: correlations of adsorption capacity to surface functional group density” Environmental Science and Technology, 45, 6498-6503.

Professional Affiliations

  • Air & Waste Management Association
  • Southwest and Corpus Christi Sections of the Air & Waste Management Association
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • American Chemical Society
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