Dept of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Centre for Environmental and Information Technology (EIT)
200 University Ave. W
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567
Dr. Carol Ptacek conducts research on a variety of topics in contaminant hydrogeology and geochemistry, including studies on mechanisms controlling the fate and transport of metals, nutrients, pathogens, organic compounds in groundwater.
She leads the Groundwater Geochemistry Remediation Group together with David Blowes.
- Fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater, including metals, nutrients, pathogens, and organic chemicals
- Reactions and transformations of contaminants in the subsurface (geochemistry)
Dr. Carol Ptacek conducts research on a variety of topics in contaminant hydrogeology and geochemistry, including studies on mechanisms controlling the fate and transport of metals, nutrients, pathogens, organic compounds in groundwater, and the development of passive methods for remediating contaminated groundwater.
She conducts field and laboratory studies and complements these with numerical modelling techniques. Her current research focuses on passive groundwater remediation technologies, the release and transport of metals at northern mine sites, the fate of wastewater contaminants in shallow sand aquifers, and the fate of emerging contaminants in the environment.
Please see Carol Ptacek's Google Scholar profile for a current list of her peer-reviewed articles.
Professor Ptacek is a co-holder of several patents in Canada and the United States.
Blowes, D.W., Ptacek, C.J., Baker, M., 1996. Treatment of wastewater. G.B. Patent 962338-7, filed November 11, 1996 (issued, 2000); Canada Patent 2,190,038, filed November 11, 1996; U.S. Patent 08,745,734, filed November 12, 1996 (issued, 1999).
Blowes, D.W., Ptacek, C.J., 1996. System for treating contaminated groundwater. Continuation in part. U.S. Patent 5,514,279, filed October 27, 1994, issued May 7, 1996.
Robertson, W.D., Blowes, D.W., Ptacek, C.J, 1994. Treatment of agricultural run-off. U.S. Patent 5,330,651 filed May 8, 1992, issued July 19, 1994; Canada Patent 2,068,283.
Blowes, D.W., Ptacek, C.J., 1994. System for treating contaminated groundwater. U.S. Patent 5,362,394 filed March 3, 1992, issued Nov. 8, 1994; Canada patent 2,062,204, filed March 3, 1992, issued July 7, 1998; European Patent 92103559.8, filed March 2, 1992, allowed, January 2000 (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden).
Blowes, D.W., Ptacek, C.J., 1990. Treatment of mine tailings. U.K. patent 2,219,617 filed June 9, 1988, issued August 19, 1992; U.S. patent 4,990,031 filed June 7, 1989, issued February 5, 1991; Canada patent 1,327,027, filed June 7, 1989, issued February 15, 1994.
Awards and Distinctions
2017 Outstanding Performance Award
2006 The Better World Report, Technology Transfer Stories: Top 25 Innovations That Changed the World (for Groundwater PRB Technology)
2002 Canada Council of Ministers of the Environment - Certificate of Appreciation for coorganisation of science-policy workshop
2000 Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Manuscript Review - Journal of Environmental Quality
1999 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)/Conference Board of Canada, Synergy Award for Groundwater Modelling Studies
1992 W.B. Pearson Medal for Creativity in the Ph.D. Studies, University of Waterloo
1984 Best Paper Award, Oil and Freshwater Conference, Edmonton, Alberta
University of Waterloo Affiliations
- The Water Institute (member)
- Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research (member)
Professional Associations and Service
Member, American Chemical Society
Member, American Geophysical Union
Member, Geochemical Society
Member, Geological Society of America
Member, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
1992 PhD Geochemistry, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
1985 MSc Contaminant Hydrogeology, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
1981 BSc Geology & Geophysics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA