Richard Carbonaro

Associate Research Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dr. Carbonaro’s affiliation with Manhattan College began as an undergraduate and he completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College. After completing his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University in 2004, he became an assistant professor at Manhattan. Currently he is a research associate professor of environmental engineering at Manhattan College and a Partner in the consulting firm Mutch Associates, LLC.  

His current research interests include: environmental chemistry, contaminant fate and transport in natural waters, soils and sediments, metal speciation, and in situ groundwater remediation. At Manhattan College, he has managed several externally-funded research projects related to chromium redox transformations, water quality monitoring of urban pollutants, modeling of metals in lakes for toxicity assessments and partitioning of metals onto organic carbon.

Education

  • B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College
  • M.E. in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University

Courses Taught

  • CEEN 308      Reliability Analysis in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • ENGD 301      The Company
  • ENGS 115      Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGS 116      Introduction to Engineering Computation
  • ENGS 204      Environmental Engineering Principles I
  • ENVG 535      Surface Water Quality Laboratory
  • ENVG 706      Aquatic and Soil Chemistry
  • ENVG 731      Special Topics
  • ENVG 732      Thesis
  • ENVG 736      Advanced Unit Operations
  • ENVG 739      Experimental Analysis in Environmental Engineering
  • ENVL 410      Hazardous Waste Design
  • ENVL 535      Surface Water Quality Laboratory

 

  • Research
    • Specializations:
    • Environmental chemistry of contaminants
    • Fate and transport in the environment
    • Remediation of hexavalent chromium and arsenic
    • Numerical modeling of environmental processes
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Publications in peer-reviewed journals

    • Whitehead, C.F.; Carbonaro, R.F.; Stone, A.T. “Adsorption of Benzoic Acid and Related Carboxylic Acids onto FeOOH(goethite): The Low Ionic Strength Regime.” Aquatic Geochemistry 2015, 21(2), 99-121.
    • Carbonaro, R.F., Stone, A.T. “Oxidation of Cr(III) Aminocarboxylate Complexes by Hydrous Manganese Oxide: Products and Time Course Behavior.” Environmental Chemistry 2015, 12(1), 33-51. 
    • Carbonaro, R.F.; Mutch, R.D.; Changa-Moon, D.C.; Gupta, P.K.; Morris, J.J.; Nambiar, A.; Cordone, L.; O’Loughlin, J.M. “In Situ CO2 Sparging Part 1: Neutralization of a Caustic Brine Plume and Reduction of Mercury Levels.” Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste 2015, 19 (1), C4014005.
    • Mutch, R.D.; Carbonaro, R.F.; Changa-Moon, D.C.; Gupta, P.K.; Morris, J.J.; Nambiar, A.; Cordone, L.; O’Loughlin, J.M. “In Situ CO2 Sparging Part 2: Groundwater Mounding and Impacts on Aquifer Properties.” Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste 2015, 9 (1), C4014006.
    • Atalay, Y.B.; Di Toro, D.M.; Carbonaro, R.F. “Estimation of Stability Constants for Metal-Ligand Complexes Containing Neutral Nitrogen Donor Atoms with Applications to Natural Organic Matter.” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2013, 122, 464–477.     
    • Lindsay, D.R.; Farley, K.J.; Carbonaro, R.F.  “Oxidation of CrIII to CrVI During Chlorination of Drinking Water.” Journal of Environmental Monitoring 2012, 14, 1789-1797.
    • Wilson, J.M.; Carbonaro, R.F. “Capillary Electrophoresis Study of Iron(II) and Iron(III) Polyaminocarboxylate Complex Speciation.” Environmental Chemistry 2011, 8(3), 295-303.  
    • Carbonaro, R.F.; Atalay, Y.B.; Di Toro, D.M. “Linear Free Energy Relationships for Metal-Ligand complexation: Bidentate Binding to Negatively-Charged Oxygen Donor Atoms.” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2011, 75 (9), 2499-2511.  
    • Farley, K. J.; Carbonaro, R.F.; Fanelli, C.J.; Costanzo, R.; Rader, K.J.; Di Toro, D.M. “TICKET-UWM: A Coupled Kinetic, Equilibrium and Transport Screening Model for Metals in Lakes.” Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 2011, 30 (6), 1278-1287. 
    • Atalay, Y.; Carbonaro, R.F.; Di Toro, D.M. “Distribution of Proton Dissociation Constants for Model Humic and Fulvic Acid Molecules.” Environmental Science & Technology 2009, 43 (10), 3626-3631.  
    • Mendola, M.; Paul, T.; Strathmann, T.J.; Carbonaro, R.F. “Investigation of the Aquation Kinetics of the 1:2 Complex between Cr(III) and Nitrilotriacetic Acid.” Polyhedron 2009, 28 (2), 269-278.  
    • Carbonaro, R.F.; Gray, B.N.; Whitehead, C.F.; Stone, A.T. "Interaction of Carboxylate-Containing Chelating Agents with Amorphous Chromium Hydroxide: Adsorption and Dissolution." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 2008, 72 (13), 3241-3257.
    • Naka, D.; Kim, D.; Carbonaro, R.F.; Strathmann, T.J. "Abiotic Reduction of Nitroaromatic Contaminants by Iron(II) Complexes with Organothiol Ligands." Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 2008, 27 (6), 1257-1266.
    • Carbonaro, R.F.; Di Toro, D.M. "Linear Free Energy Relationships for Metal-Ligand Complexation: Monodentate Binding to Negatively-Charged Oxygen Donor Atoms." Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta  2007, 71 (16), 3958-3968
    • Rader, K.J.; Bisceglia, K.J.; Carbonaro, R.F.; Farley, K.J.; Mahony, J.D.; Di Toro, D.M.  Iron(II)-catalyzed oxidation of Arsenic(III) in a sediment column. Environmental Science & Technology 2005, 39, 9217-9222.
    • Carbonaro, R. F.; Mahony, J. D., Walter, A.D., Halper, E. B., Di Toro, D. M.  Experimental and Modeling Investigation of Metal Release from Metal-Spiked Sediments.  Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 2005, 24(12), 3007-3019.
    • Carbonaro, R. F.; Stone, A. T.  Capillary Electrophoresis Analysis of Chromium(III) and Cobalt(III) (Amino)carboxylate Speciation.  Analytical Chemistry 2005, 77, 155-164.

     

  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Academia

    Manhattan College – Riverdale, NY
    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

    Associate Professor 9/2010 – present
    Assistant Professor 9/2004 – 8/2010
    Lecturer 1/2004 – 9/2004

    Consulting Engineering

    Mutch Associates, LLC – Ramsey, NJ

    Senior Engineer 1/2010 – present

    HydroQual, Inc. – Mahwah, NJ
    Hydrogeology & Remediation Group

    Senior Engineer6/2006 – 11/2010

    Memberships

    • American Chemical Society (ACS)
    • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants

    HONORS:

    • Invited Paper: Journal of Environmental Monitoring (Emerging Investigators Issue), 2012.
    • Best Paper Award, University Forum, NYWEA 84th Annual Meeting and Exhibition, 2012
    • Gordon Research Conferences, Environmental Sciences: Water. Invited Talk, 2008
    • Outstanding Teacher Award (Environmental Engineering), Manhattan College, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship, 2000

    GRANTS: Current

    • Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), “Predicting the Fate and Effects of Resuspended Metal Contaminated Sediments.” Farley, K.J., and Carbonaro, R.F. (co-PIs) (2010-2013), $281,000.
    • USEPA Targeted Watershed Implementation Grant, Saw Mill River. Subcontracted by the Saw Mill River Coalition. Carbonaro, R.F. (PI) (2008-2012), $196,000.
    • National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences “Effect of Natural Organic Matter on Bioavailability and Mobilization of Metals. ” Farley, K.J., and Carbonaro, R.F. (co-PIs) (2009-2011), $148,000.
    • NYC DEP/Malcolm Pirnie.“ Contamination Warning System Demonstration Project: University Partnership” Carbonaro, R.F. and Sharp, R.R. (co-PIs) (2010-2011), $138,312.

    Prior

    • New York City DEP, DEP-FP1 “Manganese Deposit Characterization and Treatment Study,” Carbonaro, R.F. and Sharp, R.R. (co-PIs) (2008-2010), $145,000.
    • National Institute of Environmental and Health Sciences, “Toxicity and Mobilization of Metals and Metal Mixtures in Sediments,” Farley, K.J., and Carbonaro, R.F. (co-PIs) (2006-2009), $387,644.
    • International Commission of Mining and Metals (ICMM), “Further Development of a Unit World Model for Critical Loadings of Metals in Aquatic Environments,” Farley, K.J. and Carbonaro, R.F. (2007-2008) $50,000.
    • New York State Water Resources Institute (with matching funds from Groundwork Yonkers). “Effect of urban runoff on seasonal and spatial trends in the water quality of the Saw Mill River.” Carbonaro, R.F. (2006-2007), $41,000.
    • International Commission of Mining and Metals (ICMM), “Developing a Unit World Model for Critical Loadings of Metals in Aquatic Environments,” Farley, K.J. and Carbonaro, R.F. (2004-2005) $40,000.
    • Cobalt Development Institute/HydroQual, Inc., “Cobalt Sulfide Laboratory Screening Study.” Carbonaro, R.F., and Mahony, J.D. (2004), $10,000.
    • Groundwork Yonkers, “Stormwater Monitoring of the Saw Mill River.” Carbonaro, R.F. (2004-2005), $5,400.
    • U.S. EPA, Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship, Transformations of Co(III) and Cr(III) Complexes in Heterogeneous Media, 2000. $102,000 (tuition and stipend).
  • Other
    • Professional Engineer (P.E.) State of New York
    • Certificate of Fitness to Operate a Chemical Laboratory, FDNY, November 2009