From a broad perspective the DiVincenzo lab studies the fate of contaminants in soil-water environments with special emphasis on organic pollutants. Fundamental approaches include the kinetics and thermodynamics of pollutant surface binding. Practical applications involve water quality issues, urban planning and development, and stormwater runoff.
Specific recent projects include collaborations with the Department of Engineering Technology on the implementation of pervious concrete to urban areas. This research focuses on the importance of different formulations using waste products such as fly ash and their impact on water quality. Studies on the leaching and adsorption of contaminants are ongoing within this laboratory.
Another recent project includes the occurrence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in urban environments. Characterization of the major compounds and identification of their concentrations within different environmental matrices is a major focus. The environmental fate of these compounds in relation to urban environments and road surfaces (asphalt, fly ash-amended pervious concrete) is of special interest.