Mr. Miguel Pelaez has been selected as a winner of the 2011 C. Ellen Gonter Environmental Chemistry Award from the Environmental Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Gonter award is the highest award given to a graduate student by the Division of Environmental Chemistry for an outstanding research paper. Miguel will present his paper titled “Effects of Water Parameters on the Degradation of Microcystin-LR under Visible Light-activated TiO2 Photocatalyst” as an invited lecturer in a special symposium at the Fall ACS Meeting in Denver, CO. The award also consists of a check of $1,000 that will be given at the Environmental Division dinner.
Miguel Pelaez is a Ph.D. candidate in the Environmental Engineering and Science Program under the direction of Professor Dion Dionysiou. His research interests are in the fields of environmental chemistry and environmental catalysis, with specific focus on water treatment using advanced oxidation processes and advanced oxidation nanotechnologies. His recent work includes studies to develop and evaluate emerging solar-driven technologies for the degradation of deleterious organic pollutants in water.