Jorge Dominguez

Ex-situ STAR Field Application

Self Sustaining Treatment for Active Remediation (STAR) has shown to successfully remediate contaminated soil with highly recalcitrant, hazardous organic industrial liquids in laboratory and in situ applications. An increased industrial and academic interest of the applications of STAR technology in an ex situ modality has resulted in the ongoing project of an versatile ex situ field scale application. Tests on a full scale, ex situ treatment of oil waste sludge in combination of a porous matrix are being performed. Treatment efficiency, system operations, design, and costs will be evaluated in order investigate the scalability and performance of the ex situ STAR system. The goals of the project seek to develop a commercially ready ex situ STAR technology capable of treating a diverse range of heavy hydrocarbons contaminated soils, sludge or hazardous wastes.

Personal Background

I obtained my Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering in 2011 at the Technological Institute of Tijuana, Mexico. After obtaining my degree I worked for 2 years in a hazardous waste management company as a technical support for the classification, process design and management of hazardous wastes from electronic industry. In 2015, I obtained my MESc at the University of Western Ontario, where I studied the surface interaction of recalcitrant chlorinated contaminants such as 1,2-DCA and TCE with Zero Valent Iron Nanoparticles (NZVI) and iron oxide nanoparticles. Surface interaction was studied by means of in-situ spectroscopy and temperature program desorption/reaction experiments. Currently I hold a position in the STAR research group, where I hope to contribute in the upscaling to field application of ex situ STAR applications.