Florentino De La Cruz

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental and Ecological Engineering
(765) 494-1009


  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering (Minor Forest Biomaterials), North Carolina State University USA
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering (Minor Environmental Science), University of the Philippines Los Ba?os Philippines
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of the Philippines, Los Ba?os Philippines

Research Summary

Dr. De la Cruz conducts research at the intersection of Environmental Chemistry and Waste Management. He has conducted research to understand the chemical and biological processes in solid waste treatment and disposal systems. Waste management has a critical role in achieving a sustainable built environment. One of his research projects focuses on compound-level characterization of a large subset of chemicals found in leachate and landfill gas (e.g., PFAS). This information has overarching implications for human health from exposure from contaminated water and air emissions. He is also studying the role of waste management on climate change particularly in the context of methane emissions from landfills and biomass carbon removal and storage (BiCRS).

Selected Publications

  • Muensterman, D.J.; Cahuas, L.; Titaley, I.A.; Schmokel, C.; De la Cruz, Florentino B.; Barlaz, M.A.; Carignan, C.C.; Peaslee, G.F.; Field, J.A. Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Facemasks: Potential Source of Human Exposure to PFAS with Implications for Disposal to Landfills. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 2022.
  • Florentino De la Cruz, Qiwen Cheng, Douglas Call, Morton Barlaz, Evidence of Thermophilic Waste Decomposition at a Landfill Exhibiting Elevated Temperature Regions, Waste Management, 2021.
  • Suzanne B. Hodgkins, Curtis J. Richardson, Ren? Dommain, Hongjun Wang, Paul H. Glaser, Brittany Verbeke, Brittany R. Winkler, Alexander R. Cobb, Virginia I. Rich, Malak Missilmani, Neal Flanagan, Mengchi Ho, Alison M. Hoyt, Charles F. Harvey, S. Rose Vining, Moira A. Hough, Tim R. Moore, Pierre J. H. Richard, Florentino B. De La Cruz, Joumana Toufaily, Rasha Hamdan, William T. Cooper & Jeffrey P. Chanton. Tropical peatland carbon storage linked to global latitudinal trends in peat recalcitrance. Nature Communications, 2018.
  • De la Cruz, F. B., Green, R., Hater, G., Chanton, J., Thoma, E., Harvey, T. and Barlaz, M. A. Comparison of Field Measurements to Methane Emissions Models at a New Landfill. Environ. Sci. Technol., 2016.
  • Lopez, V. M., De la Cruz, F. B. and Barlaz, M. A. Chemical Composition and Methane Potential of Commercial Food Wastes. Waste Management, 2016, 56, 477-490.
  • De la Cruz, F. B., Yelle, D., Gracz, H. and Barlaz, M. A., Chemical Changes during Anaerobic Decomposition of Hardwood, Softwood and Old Newsprint under Mesophilic and Thermophilic Conditions. Agric. Food Chem., 2014, 62, 27, 6362-6374.
  • De la Cruz, F. B. and Barlaz, M.A. Estimation of Waste Component-Specific Landfill Decay Rates Using Laboratory-Scale Decomposition Data. Sci. Technol. 2010, 44, 4722-4728.
  • Wang, X.; Padgett, J.M.; De la Cruz, F. B.; Barlaz, M.A. Wood Biodegradation in Laboratory-Scale Landfills. Sci. Technol. 2011,45, 6864–6871.

Awards and Honors