Abel Navarro

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Deputy Chairperson

EMAIL: anavarro@bmcc.cuny.edu

Office: N-699H

Office Hours: Tuesday Thursday 11-12m (SU19)

Phone: +1 (212) 220-8000;ext=7421

Abel E. Navarro received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry at New York University. His doctoral research involved the unfolded state of small peptides. Since undergraduate student, he never resisted the temptation of working in Bioremediation/Biosorption. Now as an Associate Professor at BMCC, Dr. Navarro is conducting research with talented BMCC students and colleagues from other colleges about bioremediation of environmental pollutants using biological wastes. Abel is aiming the use of low-cost, yet efficient, adsorbents of contaminants from wastewaters. Prof. Navarro is also the Club Advisor of Research and Nature Club, we meet every Wednesday from 2-3:30 in S721, please join us to interactive STEM discussions, hands-on demonstrations and interesting field trips.
Prior to joining BMCC, he worked as an adjunct at New York University, Hostos Community College and BMCC. Dr. Navarro is pleased to be part of this big and friendly family, as well as, pioneer the environmental research at BMCC.
In his free time, Dr. Navarro enjoys good movie nights, cooking, traveling around the world and practicing sports.


Environmental Science, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Bioremediation


  • B.S. Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Chemistry,2002
  • M.S. New York University, Chemistry,2007
  • Ph.D. New York University, Chemistry,2011

Courses Taught

Research and Projects

  • Bioremoval of antibiotics by natural biopolymers and their chemical modifications
    Toxic and common pollutants like pharmaceutical products like antibiotic and analgesics are always present in surface waters as a consequence of their widespread use. Most of these compounds are transparent and cannot be detected by naked eye, which complicates their toxicity. Natural biopolymers are used for their adsorption in discontinuous experiments at room temperature. Adsorption capacity of these biosorbents are maximized by the chemical modification of their surface with sustainable reactions, including carboxylation, sulfonation, amination and thiolation.

  • Chemical sulfurization of natural polymers as an enhacenment of adsorptive properties towards metal ions
    Incorporation of sulfur as a key element in the structure of well-known biopolymers promises an optimization in the adsorption of metal ions by complexation reactions and high affinity of metals towards sulfur. Recovery of the metals for the re-use of the adsorbent is one of the aims of the project.

  • Continuous-Flow Adsorption of Contaminants using Natural and Chemically Modified Hydrogels
    Ligno-cellulosic materials can be encapsulated in hydrogel matrixes like chitosan and polyalginate. Continuous-flow experiments are the most suitable techniques for the removal of pollutants from wastewaters. Filters of these hybrid materials will be prepared, followed by the adsorption of species like heavy metals, organic compounds (phenolics), PAHs and other contaminants.

  • Preparation of Soil Conditioners from waste materials and eutrophicated waters
    Eutrophication (algal bloom) is a major problem in the environment due to the presence of fertilizers (nitrate and phosphate) in high concentrations. On the other hand, naturally-occurring materials have shown high affinity towards charged compounds. Our goal is the sequestration of fertilizers (mainly phosphates) from eutrophicated waters for the preparation of soil conditioners. These materials will be studied and modified to exhibit a good removal of phosphates from eutrophicated waters (high phosphate levels) and a good release under different conditions (low phosphate levels).


Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • 2014 BMCC Presidential Scholars Program
  • 2013, 2017 BMCC Faculty Development Grant
  • QEM/CAREER NSF Workshop
  • 2015-2016 FINCyT-CONCYTEC
  • 2015-2016 C3IRG-Round 12
  • 2014 Salute to Scholars- CUNY Chancellor
  • 2015-2016 INNOVATE-CONCYTEC. Bioremediation of pharmaceutical products by chemically-modified materials
  • 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 PSC CUNY-TRAD A.
  • 2017 BMCC Faculty Leadership Program
  • 2017 Research in the Classroom Grant

Additional Information

Current Members: Enyani Roytvayn, Afaf Ulay, Mohammadia Nassar, Marwa Mokky, Tahreem Bhatti, Marc Escriva, Schidza Cime.

Former Members: Shahrear Ridon (BMCC), Younes Zerhouni (CCNY), Adkhamjon Soliev (Rochester University), Jassem Jahangir (Hunter College), Samirul Islam (LIU), Zead Elzoeiry (Hunter), Jesus Hernandez (City College), Saidakbar Irkakhujaev (Brooklyn College), Emran Masud (NYU), Minyeong Hong (US Army), Paul Isaac (LIU), Aharon Zarzar (School teacher), Gabrielle Jonny, Vincent Nsiah (SUNY), Habib Zahir (Hunter College), San Shairzai (Hunter College), Humoyun Musaev (Brooklyn College), Alvaro Sponza (SUNY grad school), Natalia Fernandez (Researcher at Columbia University), Rada-Mayya Kostadinova (Queens College), Michelle Naidoo (Ph.D student), Karyna Serrano (SUNY Albany), Tasmiah Ahmed (LIU), Gabriela Sikorska (LIU), Karla Ortiz (grad school), Jenish Karmacharya (NYU), Lianhua Shen (Georgia Tech), Roshana Paulsingh (John Jay College), Tenzing Japhe (Hunter College), Kateryna Zhdanova (NYU), Michelle Lo (Rutgers University), Hilario Garcia, Evelyn Szeinbaum (Bridgeport College), Gonzalo Navarrete (Hunter College), Angelika Kasabian (Hunter College), Nic Herrera (Yale University), Tesfamichael Demeke (Columbia University), Jacqueline Baah (NYU), Makini Valentine, Alika Esperson, Saleh Talukdar (Lehman College).

Motivated students are always welcome to join the research group. Send an e-mail to discuss about ongoing projects and schedules, two-semester commitment is required. Closed for the SU19 and FA19 enrollment. For SP20 contact me early November.