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Ciro Bustillo LeCompte

Ciro Bustillo LeCompte

CUPE 1 Lecturer
EducationBEng, MASc, PhD, PEng, EP
OfficeSLC-441, The Sheldon & Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre
Phone416-979-5000, ext. 544596
Areas of ExpertiseWater and Wastewater Treatment Technologies; Water, Soil and Air Quality; Photocatalysis; Environmental Toxicology; Waste Minimization; Environmental Management and Risk Assessment; Energy and Resource Recovery.

I am a Lecturer in the School of Occupational and Public Health, an Associate Member in the Yeates School Graduate Studies at Ryerson University. I am also an adjunct professor at the University of Cartagena, Colombia for the summer courses of Pollution Prevention and Control and Unit Operations and Processes in the Environmental Engineering Master’s Program. I have a multidisciplinary background in the areas of civil, environmental, and chemical engineering.

I completed my BEng at the University of Cartagena, Colombia (2008), and obtained my MASc (2012) and PhD (2016) at Ryerson University. I am a certified Professional Engineer (PEng); Environmental Professional (EP) in the areas of Water Quality, Waste Management, Health and Safety, Education and Training, and Research and Development; and a Fraternal Member of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

My Postdoctoral Fellowship was in Chemical and Environmental Engineering as part of the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES) – Advanced Scholars Program in a team of two Canadian universities (Ryerson University and Western University) and two Colombian universities (University of Cartagena and National University of Colombia). The project focused on climate change effects on water quality of groundwater and drinking water in Low and Middle-Income Countries and valued at $500,000.

My main research interests include water and wastewater treatment; water, soil and air quality; environmental toxicology; waste minimization; environmental management and risk assessment.



Research interests:

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies
  • Industrial Wastewater Treatment
  • Energy and Resource Recovery
  • Advanced Oxidation Processes
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Waste Minimization
  • Water Reuse

Research projects:

  • Advanced Oxidation Processes: Applications, Advances, Future Trends and Prospects
  • Environmental Toxicology and Waste Minimization in the Colombian Caribbean
  • The Built Environment and Climate Change in the Colombian Caribbean
  • Environmental Management in Cartagena, Colombia
  • Advanced Treatment of Slaughterhouse Wastewater
  • Treatment of Refinery Wastewater

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Journal Articles:

  • Moreno-Ríos, A.L., Tejeda-Benítez, L.P., Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F. (2021) Sources, characteristics, toxicity, and control of ultrafine particles: An overview. Geoscience Frontiers In Press, 101147. doi:10.1016/j.gsf.2021.101147
  • Quiñones-Bolaños, E., Gómez-Oviedo, M., Mouthon-Bello, J., Sierra-Vitola, L., Berardi, U., Bustillo-Lecompte, C. (2021) Potential use of coconut fibre modified mortars to enhance thermal comfort in low-income housing. Journal of Environmental Management 277, 111503. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.111503
  • Quiñones-Bolaños, E., Bustillo-Lecompte, C. (2020) Geotechnical Properties and Stabilization of Well-graded Sand with Clay and Gravel Soils Contaminated with Gasoline. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 231, 523. doi:10.1007/s11270-020-04898-z
  • Bustillo-Lecompte, C., Colina-Marquez, J., Rehmann, L. (2020) Special issue: Application of advanced oxidation processes. Processes 8, 867. doi:10.3390/PR8070867
  • Garrido-Arévalo, A.R., Agudelo-Otálora, L.M., Obregón-Neira, N., Garrido-Arévalo, V., Quiñones-Bolaños, E.E., Naraei, P., Mehrvar, M., Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F. (2020) Application of artificial neural network and information entropy theory to assess rainfall station distribution: A case study from Colombia. Water (Switzerland) 12, 1973. doi:10.3390/w12071973
  • Genty, E., Bustillo-Lecompte, C., Colina-Márquez, J., Barroo, C., Cousin, R. (2019) Editorial: Special issue “new concepts in oxidation processes”. Catalysts 9, 878. doi:10.3390/catal9110878
  • Betancourt-Buitrago, L.A., Hernandez-Ramirez, A., Colina-Marquez, J.A., Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F., Rehmann, L., Machuca-Martinez, F. (2019) Recent developments in the photocatalytic treatment of cyanide wastewater: An approach to remediation and recovery of metals. Processes 7, 225. doi:10.3390/pr7040225
  • Nasirian, M., Lin, Y.P., Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F., Mehrvar, M. (2018) Enhancement of photocatalytic activity of titanium dioxide using non-metal doping methods under visible light: a review. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology 15, 2009. doi:10.1007/s13762-017-1618-2
  • Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F., Kakar, D., Mehrvar, M. (2018) Photochemical treatment of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) in aqueous solutions using advanced oxidation processes: Towards a cleaner production in the petroleum refining and petrochemical industries. Journal of Cleaner Production 186, 609. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.03.135
  • Arce-Sarria, A., Machuca-Martínez, F., Bustillo-Lecompte, C., Hernández-Ramírez, A., Colina-Márquez, J. (2018) Degradation and loss of antibacterial activity of commercial amoxicillin with TiO2/WO3-assisted solar photocatalysis. Catalysts 8, 222. doi:10.3390/catal8060222
  • Castilla-Caballero, D., Machuca-Martínez, F., Bustillo-Lecompte, C., Colina-Márquez, J. (2018) Photocatalytic degradation of commercial acetaminophen: Evaluation, modeling, and scaling-up of photoreactors. Catalysts 8, 179. doi:10.3390/catal8050179
  • Nasirian, M., Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F., Lin, Y.P., Mehrvar, M. (2018) Optimization of the photocatalytic activity of N-doped TiO2 for the degradation of methyl orange. Desalination and Water Treatment 110, 193. doi:10.5004/dwt.2018.22219
  • Garcia-Diaz, Y., Quinones-Bolanos, E., Bustos-Blanco, C., Vives-Pérez, L., Bustillo-Lecompte, C., Saba, M. (2017) Comparative study of the energy potential of cyanide waters using two osmotic membrane modules under dead-end flow. Journal of Physics: Conference Series 935, 12062. doi:10.1088/1742-6596/935/1/012062
  • Nasirian, M., Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F., Mehrvar, M. (2017) Photocatalytic efficiency of Fe2O3/TiO2 for the degradation of typical dyes in textile industries: Effects of calcination temperature and UV-assisted thermal synthesis. Journal of Environmental Management 196, 487. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.03.030
  • Naderi, K.V., Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F., Mehrvar, M., Abdekhodaie, M.J. (2017) Combined UV-C/H2O2-VUV processes for the treatment of an actual slaughterhouse wastewater. Journal of Environmental Science and Health - Part B Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes 52, 314. doi:10.1080/03601234.2017.1281650
  • Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F., Mehrvar, M. (2017) Treatment of actual slaughterhouse wastewater by combined anaerobic–aerobic processes for biogas generation and removal of organics and nutrients: An optimization study towards a cleaner production in the meat processing industry. Journal of Cleaner Production 141, 278. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.09.060
  • Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F., Mehrvar, M. (2016) Treatment of an actual slaughterhouse wastewater by integration of biological and advanced oxidation processes: Modeling, optimization, and cost-effectiveness analysis. Journal of Environmental Management 182, 651. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.07.044
  • Quiñones-Bolaños, E.E., Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F., Mehrvar, M. (2016) A traffic noise model for road intersections in the city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 47, 149. doi:10.1016/j.trd.2016.05.007
  • Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F., Mehrvar, M., Quinoñes-Bolanõs, E.E, Castro-Faccetti, C.F. (2016) Modeling organic matter and nitrogen removal from domestic wastewater in a pilot-scale vertical subsurface flow constructed wetland. Journal of Environmental Science and Health - Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering 51, 414. doi:10.1080/10934529.2015.1120528
  • Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F., Ghafoori, S., Mehrvar, M. (2016) Photochemical degradation of an actual slaughterhouse wastewater by continuous UV/H2O2 photoreactor with recycle. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering 4, 719. doi:10.1016/j.jece.2015.12.009
  • Bustillo-Lecompte, C., Mehrvar, M., Quiñones-Bolaños, E. (2016) Slaughterhouse wastewater characterization and treatment: An economic and public health necessity of the meat processing industry in Ontario, Canada. International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Public Health, EPPH 2016 , 175. doi:10.4236/gep.2016.44021
  • Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F., Mehrvar, M. (2015) Slaughterhouse wastewater characteristics, treatment, and management in the meat processing industry: A review on trends and advances. Journal of Environmental Management 161, 287. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.07.008
  • Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F., Knight, M., Mehrvar, M. (2015) Assessing the performance of UV/H2O2 as a pretreatment process in TOC removal of an actual petroleum refinery wastewater and its inhibitory effects on activated sludge. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering 93, 798. doi:10.1002/cjce.22180
  • Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F., Mehrvar, M., Quiñones-Bolaños, E. (2014) Cost-effectiveness analysis of TOC removal from slaughterhouse wastewater using combined anaerobic-aerobic and UV/H2O2 processes. Journal of Environmental Management 134, 145. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.12.035
  • Bustillo-Lecompte, C.F., Mehrvar, M., Quiñones-Bolaños, E. (2013) Combined anaerobic-aerobic and UV/H2O2 processes for the treatment of synthetic slaughterhouse wastewater. Journal of Environmental Science and Health - Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering 48, 1122. doi:10.1080/10934529.2013.774662
  • Quinones-Bolanos, E., Mouthon-Bello, J., Bustillo-Lecompte, C. (2012) Statistical model to simulate noise levels generated by vehicle traffic flow in the Caribbean Region of Colombia. 41st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering 2012, INTER-NOISE 2012 4, 2864. doi:10.13140/2.1.2979.1522
  • Dean’s Teaching Award (CUPE 1). Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University, Canada, 2021.
  • Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES): Advanced-Scholars, Canada, 2016-2017.
  • Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award, Ryerson University, Canada, 2016.
  • On-Campus Student Leader Award, Ryerson University, Canada, 2016.
  • Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS), Ryerson University, Canada, 2012-2016.
  • Colombian Research Grant for Young Professionals, COLCIENCIAS, Cartagena, Colombia, 2014-2016.