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pollution studies, environmental chemistry, environmental management 


Cris is an analytical chemist and environmental scientist. His research interests are pollution studies, environmental chemistry, environmental management, and sustainability.

He obtained his BSc in Biochemistry degree from the University of the Philippines Manila, and his MSc in Environmental Science and Ecosystem Management at De La Salle University (Manila, Philippines). He is currently taking up his P.hD. studies under a Cotutelle (Joint P.hD.) Program between Coventry University (UK) and Deakin University (Australia) focusing on the occurrence, source apportionment, and toxicity of new and emerging pollutants (including microplastics) in the atmosphere.


PhD Project

There is strong concern over the growing number of allergies and premature deaths from poor air quality. Particulates are the most harmful form of air pollution due to their ability to penetrate deep into the lungs, bloodstream, and brain. These particulates are loaded with 1000s of organic chemicals, however, only a small fraction of particulates' organic carbon is identified at the molecular level (<20%). So-called new and emerging pollutants (NEPs) e.g. pharmaceuticals, pesticides, industrial chemicals, personal care products, and microplastics have been relatively recently identified in aquatic and soil environments. Although NEPs are a term used for soil and aquatic environments, most of them have chemical properties enabling their easy transfer into the atmosphere. The project will investigate, NEPs (including microplastics) in atmospheric particulates. This will be done through analytical method development for measuring NEPs, field campaigns (near NEPs emission sources and at a background urban site), lab experiments to understand NEPs transfer mechanism from their sources, and assessment of cytotoxicity and the inflammatory response in human bronchial epithelial cells cultured in vitro at the air-liquid interface. The project will utilize state-of-the-arts analytical instruments including Orbitrap High-Resolution Mass Spectrometry coupled to Thermal Desorption and Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography, and Infrared Microscopy.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Science and Ecosystem Management, MSc, De La Salle University

Biochemistry, Degree, University of the Philippines Manila

External positions

Academic Service Faculty, De La Salle University


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