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Project Publications: University of New Mexico: Immobilization of U, As, and Co-occurring Metals in Mine Wastes

Superfund Research Program

Immobilization of U, As, and Co-occurring Metals in Mine Wastes

Project Leader: Jose Manuel Cerrato
Co-Investigators: Scott Fendorf (Stanford University), Christopher L. Shuey (Southwest Research and Information Center), Juan Lezama Pacheco (Stanford University), Jorge Gonzalez-Estrella
Grant Number: P42ES025589
Funding Period: 2017-2022

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  • Hoover JH, Bolt AM, Burchiel SW, Cerrato JM, Dashner-Titus EJ, Erdei E, Hayek EE, Hudson LG, Gonzalez-Estrella J, Luo L, MacKenzie D, Medina S, Schilz JR, Velasco CA, Zychowski KE, Lewis JL. A transdisciplinary approach for studying uranium mobility, exposure, and human health impacts on tribal lands in the southwest, United States. In: Practical Applications of Medical Geology. Springer,
  • McLemore V, Frey BA, Hayek EE, Hettiarachchi E, Brown R, Chavez O, Paul S, Das M. The Jackpile-Paguate Uranium Mine, Grants Uranium District: Changes in perspectives from production to superfund site. In: The Geology of the Mount Taylor Area Special Publication. New Mexico Geological Society, NM.



  • Chaaban AA, Lartiges B, Hayek EE, Kazpard V, Plisson-Chastang C, Vicendo P, Caillet C. 2021. Complexes of humic acid with cationic surfactants support the supramolecular view of extracted humic matter. Environ Chem doi:10.1071/EN21031 (ahead of print)
  • De Vore CL, Hayek EE, Long B, Busch T, Mann M, Rudgers JA, Ali AS, Howard T, Spilde MN, Brearley AJ, Ducheneaux C, Cerrato JM. 2021. Arsenic accumulation in hydroponically grown Schizachyrium scoparium (Little Bluestem) amended with root-colonizing endophytes. ACS Earth Space Chem 5(6):1278-1287. doi:10.1021/acsearthspacechem.0c00302 PMID:34308092 PMCID:PMC8302048
  • Hayek EE, Medina S, Guo J, Noureddine A, Zychowski KE, Hunter R, Velasco CA, Wiesse M, Maestas-Olguin A, Brinker CJ, Brearley AJ, Spilde MN, Howard T, Lauer FT, Herbert G, Ali AS, Burchiel SW, Campen M, Cerrato JM. 2021. Uptake and toxicity of respirable carbon-rich uranium-bearing particles: Insights into the role of particulates in uranium toxicity. Environ Sci Technol 55(14):9949-9957. doi:10.1021/acs.est.1c01205 PMID:34235927 PMCID:PMC8413144
  • Rodriguez-Freire L, DeVore C, Hayek EE, Berti D, Ali AS, Lezama-Pacheco JS, Blake JM, Spilde MN, Brearley AJ, Artyushkova K, Cerrato JM. 2021. Emerging investigator series: entrapment of uranium-phosphorus nanocrystals inside root cells of Tamarix plants from a mine waste site. Environ Sci Process Impacts 23:73-85. doi:10.1039/d0em00306a PMID:33325952
  • Velasco CA, Brearley AJ, Gonzalez-Estrella J, Ali AS, Meza MI, Cabaniss S, Thomson BM, Forbes T, Lezama-Pacheco JS, Cerrato JM. 2021. From adsorption to precipitation of U(VI): What is the role of pH and natural organic matter?. Environ Sci Technol 55(23):16246-16256. doi:10.1021/acs.est.1c05429 PMID:34797046
  • Wilson A, Velasco CA, Herbert G, Lucas S, Sanchez B, Cerrato JM, Spilde MN, Li Q, Campen M, Zychowski KE. 2021. Mine-site derived particulate matter exposure exacerbates neurological and pulmonary inflammatory outcomes in an autoimmune mouse model. J Toxicol Environ Health A 84(12):503-517. doi:10.1080/15287394.2021.1891488 PMID:33682625 PMCID:PMC8052313


  • Avasarala S, Brearley AJ, Spilde MN, Peterson EJ, Jiang Y, Benavidez A, Cerrato JM. 2020. Crystal chemistry of carnotite in abandoned mine wastes. Minerals 10(10):883. doi:10.3390/min10100883
  • Gonzalez-Estrella J, Meza I, Burns A, Ali AS, Lezama-Pacheco JS, Lichtner PC, Shaikh N, Fendorf S, Cerrato JM. 2020. Effect of Bicarbonate, Calcium, and pH on the Reactivity of As(V) and U(VI) Mixtures. Environ Sci Technol 54:3979-3987. doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b06063 PMID:32176846 PMCID:PMC7189768
  • Johns A, Qian J, Carolan M, Shaikh N, Peroutka A, Seeger A, Cerrato JM, Forbes T, Cwiertny DM. 2020. Functionalized electrospun polymer nanofibers for treatment of water contaminated with uranium. Environ Sci-Wat Res 6(3):622-634. doi:10.1039/C9EW00834A


  • Avasarala S, Torres C, Ali AS, Thomson BM, Spilde MN, Peterson EJ, Artyushkova K, Dobrica E, Lezama-Pacheco JS, Cerrato JM. 2019. Effect of bicarbonate and oxidizing conditions on U (IV) and U (VI) reactivity in mineralized deposits of New Mexico. Chemical Geology 524:345-355. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2019.07.007 PMID:31406388 PMCID:PMC6690612
  • Blake JM, Avasarala S, Ali AS, Spilde MN, Lezama-Pacheco JS, Latta DE, Artyushkova K, Ilgen A, Shuey CL, Nez C, Cerrato JM. 2019. Reactivity of As and U co-occurring in mine wastes in northeastern Arizona. Chemical Geology 522:26-37. doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2019.05.024 PMID:31371834 PMCID:PMC6675030
  • Hayek EE, Brearley AJ, Howard T, Hudson P, Torres C, Spilde MN, Cabaniss S, Ali AS, Cerrato JM. 2019. Calcium in carbonate water facilitates the transport of U(VI) in brassica juncea roots and enables root-to-shoot translocation. ACS Earth Space Chem 3(10):2190-2196. doi:10.1021/acsearthspacechem.9b00171 PMID:31742240 PMCID:PMC6859903
  • Velasco CA, Artyushkova K, Ali AS, Osburn CL, Gonzalez-Estrella J, Lezama Pacheco J, Cabaniss S, Cerrato JM. 2019. Organic functional group chemistry in mineralized deposits containing U(IV) and U(VI) from the Jackpile Mine in New Mexico. Environ Sci Technol 53(10):5758-5767. doi:10.1021/acs.est.9b00407 PMID:30998849 PMCID:PMC6557721


  • Gonzales M, King E, Bobelu J, Ghahate DM, Madrid T, Lesansee S, Shah V. 2018. Perspectives on biological monitoring in environmental health research: A focus group study in a Native American community. Int J Environ Res Public Health 15(6):E1129. doi:10.3390/ijerph15061129 PMID:29857506 PMCID:PMC6025825
  • Hayek EE, Torres C, Rodriguez-Freire L, Blake JM, De Vore CL, Brearley AJ, Spilde MN, Cabaniss S, Ali AS, Cerrato JM. 2018. Effect of calcium on the bioavailability of dissolved uranium(VI) in plant roots under circumneutral pH. Environ Sci Technol 52(22):13089-13098. doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b02724 PMID:30412391
  • Zychowski KE, Kodali V, Harmon M, Tyler CR, Sanchez B, Suarez YO, Herbert G, Wheeler A, Avasarala S, Cerrato JM, Kunda NK, Muttil P, Shuey CL, Brearley AJ, Ali AS, Lin Y, Shoeb M, Erdely A, Campen M. 2018. Respirable Uranyl-Vanadate-Containing Particulate Matter Derived From a Legacy Uranium Mine Site Exhibits Potentiated Cardiopulmonary Toxicity. Toxicol Sci 164:101-114. doi:10.1093/toxsci/kfy064 PMID:29660078 PMCID:PMC6016706


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