Dr. Jim Field's research topic is the anaerobic bioconversion of inorganic and organic pollutants. Current topics include: anaerobic ammonia oxidation (ANAMMOX); anaerobic biotransformation and bioremediation of arsenic; biodegradation and biotransformation of novel munitions compounds; reductive precipitation for the bioremediation of uranium; recovery of nutrients and energy from lipid extracted algae (byproduct of algal biodiesel production); permeable reactive bio-barriers (PRBs) for removing sulfate and heavy metals from acid rock drainage; recovery of metals, rare earth elements and platinum group metals from waste and wastewater. In addition to anaerobic bioconversion, I also work with studying the toxicity of engineered nanoparticles and evaluating the fate of nanoparticles in wastewater treatments systems
Krzmarzick, M. J.; Khatiwada, R.; Olivares, C. I.; Abrell, L.; Sierra-Alvarez, R.; Chorover, J.; Field, J. A., Biotransformation and degradation of the insensitive munitions compound, 3-nitro-1,2,4-triazol-5-one, by soil bacterial communities. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2015, 49, (9), 5681-8.