Dr. John Paul Divincenzo

Professor

Dr. John Paul Divincenzo
615-904-8251
Room 3077, Science Building (SCI)
MTSU Box X157, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Delaware (1996)
  • M.S., University of Delaware (1994)
  • B.A., University of Delaware (1987)

Areas of Expertise

Fate of contaminants in soil-water environments

Urban Geochemistry

Reactions and environmental impacts of organic pollutants

Water Quality Analysis

Biography

Dr. DiVincenzo has an interdisciplinary training with a BA in biology, MAS in environmental engineering, and a PhD in soil chemistry. He has publications in International Journal of Environmental Engineering, Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Archives of Environmental Contamination Toxicology, Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of Environmental Quality and has given over 30 presentations nationally and regionally. 

Technical Skills: Gas ...

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Dr. DiVincenzo has an interdisciplinary training with a BA in biology, MAS in environmental engineering, and a PhD in soil chemistry. He has publications in International Journal of Environmental Engineering, Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Archives of Environmental Contamination Toxicology, Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of Environmental Quality and has given over 30 presentations nationally and regionally. 

Technical Skills: Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, Ion Chromatography, Liquid Chromatography, Fluorescent Spectrometry, Atomic Absorption Spectrometry, UV-Vis Spectrometry, Solid Phase Extraction, Fluorescent Microscopy

 

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Publications

Weatherly J., A. Tirumala, S. Arefin, J.P. DiVincenzo. Fly ash amended pervious concrete: a laboratory study on the removal potential for organic constituents. International Journal of Environmental Engineering. In Preparation.

Otter R.R., B. Bachner, J. Weatherly, S. Gilson, H. Brown, J.P. DiVincenzo (2016) Fly ash amended pervious concrete: a laboratory study on the removal potential for inorganic constituents. International Journal of Environmental Engineering, 8(1):12-29<...>

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Weatherly J., A. Tirumala, S. Arefin, J.P. DiVincenzo. Fly ash amended pervious concrete: a laboratory study on the removal potential for organic constituents. International Journal of Environmental Engineering. In Preparation.

Otter R.R., B. Bachner, J. Weatherly, S. Gilson, H. Brown, J.P. DiVincenzo (2016) Fly ash amended pervious concrete: a laboratory study on the removal potential for inorganic constituents. International Journal of Environmental Engineering, 8(1):12-29

James, R.R., P. Wilbon, and J.P. DiVincenzo (2010) Pervious and impervious urban stormwater runoff in a rapidly urbanizing region: Occurrence of fluoranthene and pyrene. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 85:32-36.

Ogden, A.E., R.R. James, and J.P. DiVincenzo (2006) Ground water tracing results for springs in Rutherford county, Tennessee. Journal of the Tennessee Academy of Science, 81(3-4), 66-72.

James, R.R., A.E. Ogden, and J.P. DiVincenzo (2006) A water quality study in Rutherford county, Tennessee: Student group project. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Science Education, 35, 118-126.

Rogers, M.R., G.J. Clark and J.P. DiVincenzo (2006) Analysis of chlorpyrifos by gas chromatography: methodology concerns. Electronic Journal of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 5(5), 1509-1514.  

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Presentations

Roeser, A, E Best, A Green, A Lopez Alvarez, S McCollough, T Orr, JP DiVincenzo (2016) Investigating the Effect of Pesticides on Soil Microbe Cultures, 126th meeting, Tennessee Academy of Science, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Nov 19.

Kayla Cowan, Martha Fonseca, MaKayla King, Robert Miller, Megan Schulz*, Sophia Britt Faculty Advisor: Dr. John P. DiVincenzo (2016) Nutrient Retention in Pervious Concrete, National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), Ashville, NC,...

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Roeser, A, E Best, A Green, A Lopez Alvarez, S McCollough, T Orr, JP DiVincenzo (2016) Investigating the Effect of Pesticides on Soil Microbe Cultures, 126th meeting, Tennessee Academy of Science, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Nov 19.

Kayla Cowan, Martha Fonseca, MaKayla King, Robert Miller, Megan Schulz*, Sophia Britt Faculty Advisor: Dr. John P. DiVincenzo (2016) Nutrient Retention in Pervious Concrete, National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), Ashville, NC, April 7-9.

Kayla Cowan, Martha Fonseca, MaKayla King, Robert Miller, Megan Schulz*, Sophia Britt Faculty Advisor: Dr. John P. DiVincenzo (2016) Nutrient Retention in Pervious Concrete, Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP), Knoxville, TN, February 25.

DiVincenzo, JP, B Bachner, J Weatherly, S Gilson, RR Otter, H Brown (2014) Fly Ash Amended Pervious Concrete: Leaching and Removal of Inorganic Contaminants, Southeast Regional Meeting of American Chemical Society, Nashville, TN, October 16-19.

Bachner, B, J Weatherly, JP DiVincenzo (2011) Leaching and Adsorption of Storm Water Contaminants Associated With Fly Ash-Amended Pervious Concrete, 21st Tennessee Water Resources Symposium, Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, TN, April 12-14.

Otter, RR, S Gilson, FC Bailey, JP DiVincenzo, H Brown (2010) Pervious Concrete: Mixing Engineering and Science. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry MidSouth Chapter annual meeting, Memphis, TN, May 20-21.

DiVincenzo, JP, FC Bailey, H Brown, S Gilson, J Mongrain, J Weatherly, R Otter (2009) Pervious concrete: An alternative to impervious surfaces (leaching, removal, and toxicity of various compounds in pervious concrete formulations). Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America 30th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Nov 19-23.

Wilbon, P. and J.P. DiVincenzo (2007) Gas chromatography analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in sediment and stormwater runoff samples collected in Murfreesboro, TN.  17th Annual Tennessee Water Resources Symposium, Burns, TN. April 17-19.

Weatherly, J., H. Brown and J.P. DiVincenzo (2006) Leaching and adsorption of contaminants associated with fly ash amended pervious concrete.  Annual meeting, Tennessee Academy of Science, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Nov 16-17.

James, R.R., A.E. Ogden and J.P. DiVincenzo (2005) EPA Method-1664, SPE, and GC-MS for analysis of organics in runoff. 1st International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, New Orleans, January 23-26

Ogden, A.E., R.R. James and J.P. DiVincenzo (2004).  Quantifying organic constituents of urban runoff in Murfreesboro, Tennessee: Potential Impact on Spring Water Chemistry.  14th Annual Tennessee Water Resources Symposium, Burns, TN. March 31-April 2.

Ogden, A.E., R.R. James and J.P. DiVincenzo (2003).  Ground water tracing and water quality results for springs in Rutherford County, Tennessee.  13th Annual Tennessee Water Resources Symposium, Burns, TN. April 9-11.

Ogden, A.E., J. Bales, J.P. DiVincenzo, R.R. James, C. Kennedy, M. Niese and M. Rebecca (2003).  Seasonal changes in spring water quality in Rutherford County, Tennessee.  National Speleological Society Convention, Porterville, CA. August 4-8.

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Awards

STUDENT AWARDS

Alissa Green-REU, Mississippi State University, Summer 2017, $5,000

Araceli Lopez Alvarez-undergraduate MTSU-URECA Spring 2017, $1000. Observing the effect of pesticides on the soil’s ecosystem through soil columns

Alissa Green- undergraduate MTSU-URECA Spring 2017, $1000. Investigating the effect of pesticides on soil microbe cultures

Araceli Lopez Alvarez-undergraduate MTSU Experiential Learning (EXL) Award Spring 2017, $...

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STUDENT AWARDS

Alissa Green-REU, Mississippi State University, Summer 2017, $5,000

Araceli Lopez Alvarez-undergraduate MTSU-URECA Spring 2017, $1000. Observing the effect of pesticides on the soil’s ecosystem through soil columns

Alissa Green- undergraduate MTSU-URECA Spring 2017, $1000. Investigating the effect of pesticides on soil microbe cultures

Araceli Lopez Alvarez-undergraduate MTSU Experiential Learning (EXL) Award Spring 2017, $500, Chemistry Internship program

Ashleigh Roeser-undergraduate MTSU-URECA Fall 2016, $1000. Use of fluorescent spectrometry to investigate the effects of pesticides on soil microbe cultures

Araceli Lopez Alvarez-undergraduate MTSU-URECA Fall 2016, $1000. Effects of pesticides on soil and water microbial ecosystems

Megan Schultz-undergraduate MTSU-URECA Fall 2015, $500. Establishment of microbial communities in pervious concrete to aid in nutrient pollution remediation

Sophia Britt-undergraduate researcher, TN Department of Health Internship, summer 2015

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Research/Scholarly Activity

Dr. DiVincenzo's research group currently focuses on the impact of pesticdes on soil quality. Using various techniques such as fluorescent spectrometry and microscopy, ion chromatography, respiration chambers, MPN, plating, and soil columns, the group has looked at the viability of both general soil microbes and those involved in the nitrogen cycle, to help quantiy the effects of commonly used pesticdes.

Courses

Introduction to Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 4600)

Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 4610)

Chemical Toxicology (Topics in Biochemistry - CHEM 4520)