Fernando Rosario-Ortiz
Associate Professor, EVEN Director
Environmental Engineering • Mortenson Center in Global Engineering

Office: SEEC S295B
 

Education:

  • B.S. in Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, 1999
  • M.S. in Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, 2002
  • D.Env. in Environmental Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006

Honors and Distinctions:

  • Selected as a RIO fellow, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2017-2018
  • Selected as the inaugural AEESP Emerging Investigator Lecture at the AWWA WQTC Conference, 2017
  • Selected as Trustee for the Water Quality and Research Division of the American Water Works Association, 2017-2020
  • Selected as one of the top 10 reviewers for Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 2016
  • University of Colorado,Boulder, Provost Faculty Achievement Award, 2016
  • Shaye Faculty Fellowship, University of Colorado, Boulder 2016-2019
  • Best paper award, Journal American Water Works Association, 2016
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean’s Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty, University of Colorado Boulder, 2015
  • National Science Foundation CAREER award, 2015
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean’s Award for Professional Development, University of Colorado Boulder, 2014
  • Excellence in Review Award, Environmental Science and Technology, 2014
  • Faculty research development award, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, 2014
  • American Water Works Association, Water Science & Research Division Volunteer Recognition Award, 2014
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Student Leadership Council, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado Boulder, 2013

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Chemical Society (1995-present)
  • American Water Works Association (2003-present)
  • Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (2008-present)
  • International Humic Substances Society (2005-present)

Interests:

  • Environmental Photochemistry
  • Oxidation Chemistry
  • Water quality and treatment

Latest Publications:

  1. McKay, G.; Korak, J. A.; Rosario-Ortiz, F. L. Temperature dependence of the fluorescence of dissolved organic matter: Implications for DOM photophysics. Environmental Science and Technology, 2018, 52, 16, 9022-9032
  2. Önnby, L.; Salhi, E.; McKay, G.; Rosario-Ortiz, F. L.; von Gunten, U. Ozone and chlorine reactions with dissolved organic matter- Assessment of oxidant-reactive moieties by optical measurements and the electron donating capacities. Water Research, 2018, 144, 64-75
  3. Becker, W.; Hohner, A. K.; Rosario-Ortiz, F. L.; Wolfe, J. Preparing for wildfires and extreme weaher: Plant design and operation recommendations. Journal of American Water Works Association, 2018, 110, 7, 32-40
  4. Cawley, K.; Hohner, A. K.#; McKee, G.; Borch, T.; Omur-Ozbek, P.; Oropeza, J.; Rosario-Ortiz, F. L. *Characterization and spatial distribution of particulate and soluble carbon and nitrogen from wildfire impacted sediments. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 2018, 18, 1314-1326
  5. McKay, G.; Korak, J. A.; Erickson. P.; Latch, D. E.; McNeil, K.; Rosario-Ortiz, F. L. The case against charge transfer interactions in dissolved organic matter photophysics. Environmental Science and Technology, 2018, 52, 2, 406-414
  6. Ulliman, S.; McKay, G.; Rosario-Ortiz, F. L.; Linden, K. Low levels of iron enhance UV/H2O2 efficiency at neutral pH. Water Research, 2018, 130, 234-242
  7. Saunders, J.; Yu, Y.; McCutchan, J. H.; Rosario-Ortiz, F. L. Characterizing limits of precision for dissolved organic nitrogen calculations. Environmental Science and Technology Letters, 2017, 4, 11, 452-456
  8. McKay, G.; Huang, W.; Crouch, J.; Romara-Castillo, C.; Rosario-Ortiz, F. L.; Jaffe, R. Predicting reactive intermediate quantum yields from dissolved organic matter photolysis using optical properties and antioxidant capacity. Environmental Science and Technology, 2017, 51, 10, 5404-5413
  9. Hohner, A. K.; Gilmore, P. L.; Townsend, E.; Summers, R. S.; Rosario-Ortiz, F. L. Water treatment process evaluation of wildfire-affected sediment leachates. Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 2017, 3, 2, 352-365
  10. Cawley, K. M.; Hohner, A. K.; Podgotski, D. C.; Cooper, W. T.; Korak, J. A.; Rosario-Ortiz, F. L. Molecular and spectroscopic characterization of water extractable organic matter from soils exposed to simulated wildfire conditions reveal insight into disinfection byproduct precursors. Environmental Science and Technology, 2017, 51, 2, 771-779
  11. Rosario-Ortiz, F. L.; Canonica, S. Probe compounds to assess the photochemical activity of dissolved organic matter. Environmental Science and Technology, 2016, 50, 23, 12532, 12547