Environmental Chemistry Research Group

Growing medical and personal needs of the human population has escalated the discharge of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) to the environment. This has raised major concerns related to environmental and human health. PPCPs have been reported in human breast milk, blood, and urine at concentrations high enough to cause physiological and genetic changes. However, only limited research has been done to determine the occurrence and human health risks of PPCPs in the environment. Moreover, we poorly understand the environmental degradation, transformation and fate of PPCPs, and the toxicological impacts of these nonextractable secondary residues. Our overall goal is to determine the environmental degradation of PPCPs, and evaluate the long-term health risks of PPCPs and their degradation products to humans and ecosystem. Our objective of this work is to quantify chemical breakdown of PPCPs in the presence of suspended soil particles in open waters, and determine the toxicity of their degradation products. Our rationale is that environmental PPCPs are in constant contact with suspended soil particles that provide a highly reactive surface where diverse chemistry occurs.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

GAYAN R. RUBASINGHEGE

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Department of Chemistry

801 Leroy Place

Socorro, NM 87801

Bethany Jessen

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Department of Chemistry

801 Leroy Place

Socorro, NM 87801

Phone: 575-835-5129

Fax: 575-835-5215

Phone: 575-835-5263

Fax: 575-835-5364

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