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Biography

Cherie Yestrebsky’s research focuses on materials development for environmental and defense department applications. Currently, she is involved with several research projects. First, she is working with the synthesis and characterization of new nanometer size catalyst systems that are capable of being used with current green chemistry industrial chemical processes. She is also interested in the development of catalytic, active emulsion systems that are capable of removing and destroying PCBs from painted surfaces, soils, and sediments, as well as catalytic active emulsion systems for removing heavy metal ions from soils and sediments in fresh water and marine environments. Finally, she is working on the synthesis and characterization of new, high-efficient and environment-friendly materials for use as screening aerosols in the infrared and millimeter wavelength regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Most notably, Yestrebskyheld develop a process for using hydrogen peroxide to reduce volatile organic compound emissions from incinerators, a process for using ultrasound to regenerate the activity of permeable reactive barriers, and a catalytic reactive emulsion system that is capable of extraction and degradation of PCBs from painted surfaces. She was also involved with the development of a catalytic reactive emulsion systems that are capable of in situ dehalogenation of chlorinated hydrocarbons and polychlorinated biphenyls in contaminated soils and sediments.

 

Presentations in Past Five Years

Cherie L. Yestrebsky. Novel Degradation Methods for Environmental Contaminants: Kinetics and Mechanisms through to Development of Industrial Remediation Technologies. Florida Southern College, Lakeland Florida. October 9, 2014.

Cherie L. Yestrebsky. Flipping a large general chemistry class: Comparisons of results with traditional lecture and suggestions for success. 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education. Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan. August 3-7, 2014.

Cherie L. Yestrebsky, Erin Saitta. Transforming the Freshman Chemistry Laboratory Program at a Large Research University. 2014 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education. Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan. August 3-7, 2014.

Cherie L. Yestrebsky, C. A. Clausen, Douglas Tomlin. Hydrodefluorination of Decafluoropentane in Aqueous Media using Mg-Pd/C. 97th Canadian Chemical Conference and Exhibition. May 2014, Vancouver, B. C., Canada.

Cherie L. Yestrebsky, C. A. Clausen, Marc Elie. Degradation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and their Oxygenated Derivatives Using Magnesium and a Co-solvent System. 97th Canadian Chemical Conference and Exhibition. May 2014, Vancouver, B. C., Canada.

Juan C. Rueda, Andrew A. Randall, Chuck Davis, Carolina Franco, Cherie L. Yestrebsky. Toxicity Studies of Akga/Hydrazines Degradation Byproducts and Their Compatibility with Sewage Treatment Plant Operation. JANNAF 2014, Charleston S.C., May 2014.

Carolina Franco, Chuck Davis, Rodolfo Martinez, David Glass, and Cherie L. Yestrebsky. Laboratory Study of Alpha-Ketoglutacric Acid Treatment of Hypergolic Fuel Waste Streams. JANNAF 2014, Charleston S.C., May 2014.

Carolina Franco, Chuck Davis, Rodolfo Martinez, David Glass, and Cherie L. Yestrebsky. Investigation of Interferences in the Degradation of Hydrazine and Monomethylhydrazine. JANNAF 2014, Charleston S.C., May 2014.

Edwards, Erin K., Cherie Yestrebsky, Erin K. H. Saitta. Transforming the General Chemistry Program at a Large Research University. World Conference on Educational Sciences, University of Malta, Malta, February 2014.

Yestrebsky, Cherie L. Flipping the Classroom in a Large Chemistry Class-Research University Environment. World Conference on Educational Sciences, University of Malta, Malta, February 2014.

Novaes-Card, S.E.; Clausen, Christian A.; Yestrebsky, Cherie L. Optimization of a Two-Step Soil Washing Process for Extraction and Dechlorination of Polychlorinated Biphenyls. Presented at the 89th Annual Florida Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the American Chemical Society Florida Section, Palm Harbor, FL, May 9-11, 2013.

Novaes-Card, Simone E.; Clausen, C.A.; Yestrebsky, C.L. Towards Greener Soil Washing: A Two-Step Process for Extraction and Dechlorination of Polychlorinated Biphenyls. Presented at the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, New Orleans, LA, April 7-11, 2013.

Novaes-Card, Simone E.; Groenevelt, H.; Secker, S.; Clausen, C.A.; Yestrebsky, C.L. A Field Study on the Removal and Destruction of Polychlorinated Biphenyls from Vertical Painted Surfaces. Presented at the 49th Annual Florida Pesticide Residue Workshop/North American Chemical Residue Workshop, St. Petersburg Beach, FL, July 14-18, 2012.

Patel, J., C. Franco, D.J. Diaz. An Innovative Method for Oxidizing Hydrogen Sulfide using Hydroxyl Radicals. Presented at the Odors and Air Pollutants, WEF Meeting, Louisville, KY, April 15-18, 2012.

Franco, J., R. Martinez, D. Glass, C. Davis, C.A. Clausen, C.L. Yestrebsky. Potential Treatment of Toxic Hypergolic Fuels Waste Streams. Presented at the 89th FAME/ACS Meeting, Palm Harbor, FL, May 9-11, 2013.

Patel, J., Josh Knorr, Amit Kumar, Diego Díaz, Cherie Yestrebsky. Non-enzymatic amperometric hydrogen peroxide sensor for biological applications, Presented at the ACS 245th National Meeting, New Orleans, FL, April 7-11 2013. (Poster)

Patel, J., Josh Knorr, Amit Kumar, Diego Díaz, Cherie Yestrebsky Non-enzymatic amperometric hydrogen peroxide sensor for biological applications, Presented at the Graduate Research Forum, University of Central Florida. Orlando, FL, April 2013.

Williamson, R., C. L. Geiger, C. A. Clausen. Feasibility Study on the Use of Pseudomonas putida and Psuedomonas fluorescens for the Biodegradation of Oxygenated
Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons. Presented at the 245st ACS Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 7-11, 2013.

Williamson, R., C. L. Geiger, C. A. Clausen. Feasibility Study on the Use of Pseudomonas putida and Psuedomonas fluorescens for the Biodegradation of Oxygenated Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons. Presented at the UCF Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence, Orlando, FL, April 4, 2013.

Legron-Rodriguez, T., C. L. Yestrebsky, C. Clausen. Development of an in situ Remediation Technology for PCB Contaminated Concrete. Presented at the University of Central Florida 10th Graduate Research Forum. April 2, 2013.

Bookstaver, K., C. Clausen, C. L. Yestrebsky. Green Solvents for Precision Cleaning Aerospace Components. Presented at the UCF Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence, Orlando, FL, April 4, 2013.

Hernandez, V., C. A. Clausen, C. L. Yestrebsky, DDT Dechlorination with Magnesium and Acidified Alcohol. Presented at the UCF Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence, Orlando, FL, April 4, 2013.

Hernandez, V., C. A. Clausen, C. L. Yestrebsky, DDT Dechlorination with Magnesium and Acidified Alcohol. Presented at the 245st ACS Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 7-11, 2013.

Legron-Rodriguez, T., Clausen, C., Yestrebsky, C. Laboratory Studies for the Development of an in situ Remediation Technology for Polychlorinated Biphenyl Contaminated Concrete. Presented at the 89th Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition of the ACS, Palm Harbor, FL, May 9-11, 2013.

Elie, M.R.; Geiger, C.L.; Clausen, C. Activated Magnesium/ethanol System for the Degradation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. 76th Annual Florida Academy of Sciences Meeting (Tampa, FL), 2012.

Novaes-Card, S.E.; Groenevelt, H.; Secker, S.; Yestrebsky, C.L.; Clausen, C.A. 2012 Proceedings Booklet, 2012 Graduate Research Forum, Orlando, FL, April 3, 2012; University of Central Florida: Orlando, FL, 2012.

P. Maloney, C. Clausen, C. Geiger, J.W. Quinn, and R.W. DeVor. Degradation of Various Organochlorine Pesticides by Microscale Magnesium and Acidified Ethanol: Proof of Concept and Potential Field Applications. Platform presentation, 8th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds. May 21-24, 2012. (Invited)

A. Gerszuny, A.; Legron-Rodriguez, T.; Yestrebsky, C. L. Degradation of Chlordane Using Magnesium and Acidified Alcohol. Presented at the 2012 Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence, Orlando, FL, April, 2012.

C.L. Geiger, C.A. Clausen, S. Novaes-Card, C. Acevedo Parra, J.W. Quinn, G. Booth. Degrading Aroclor 1248 and 1260 in Wet and Dry Soils from a Contaminated Site. The Sixth Battelle Sediment Conference. New Orleans, February, 2011.

T. Krug, S. O’Hara, J. Quinn, C. Clausen, C. Geiger, N. Ruiz. Activated Magnesium for Treatment of PCBs in Building Materials. The Sixth Battelle Sediment Conference. New Orleans, February, 2011.

T. Krug, S. O’Hara, C. Geiger, N. Ruiz, H. Groenevelt and B. Steets. Source Control of PCB in Building Materials to Mitigate Stormwater Impacts. CASQA Seventh Annual Stormwater Conference. September 26 – 28, 2011, Monterey, California.

Elie, M.R.; Geiger, C.L.; Clausen, C. Remediation of Environmental Contaminants with Active Metal Particles in Liquid Membranes Systems. Platform presentation, Material Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting (Boston, MA), 2011. (Invited)

Fidler-Albo, R., C. L. Geiger, T. Legron, C. A. Clausen. Development of a Remediation Technology for Energetic Compounds (TNT, RDX, Nitrocellulose, and TATP). Battelle 7th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds 2006, Monterey, CA, May 23-28, 2010.

Novaes-Card, S., C. L. Geiger, P. Maloney, C. Clausen. Magnesium and Acetic Acid/Ethanol Solution for Degradation of Polychlorinated Biphenyls: From Laboratory Kinetics to Application. Battelle 7th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, Monterey, CA, May 23-28, 2010.

Saitta, E.H. Engaging STEM: A case study in chemistry education and community partnerships. Accepted to be presented at 21st Biennial Conference on Chemical Education, Denton TX. August 2010

Saitta, E.H.; Bowdan, M.; Geiger, C. Engaging Stem: Using Emerging Technologies To Initiate Service Learning Into University Chemistry Courses. FAME conference, Tampa, FL. May 2010

Publications In Last 10 Years

  • Saitta, E.K., Gittings, M.J., Clausen, C.A., Quinn J., Yestrebsky, C.L. (2015) Case Study of a Non-Destructive Treatment Method for the Remediation of Military Structures Containing Polychlorinated Biphenyl Contaminated Paint. Accepted by Journal of Environmental Management.
  • Rueda, J.C., Randall, A.A., Davis, C., Franco, C., Yestrebsky, C.L. (2015) Toxicity Studies of AKGA/Hydrazines Degradation Byproducts and their Compatibility with Sewage Treatment Plant Operation. Environmental Engineering Science, 32(2): 71-85.
  • Maloney, P., Clausen, C.A., Yestrebsky, C.L. Degradation and Kinetics of Organochlorine Pesticides, PBDE, and Chlorinated Dioxins Using Mg and Mg/C. Submitted to Chemosphere, submitted 12/2014.
  • Tomlin, D., Clausen, C.A., Yestrebsky, C.L. Catalytic Hydrodefluorination of Decafluoropentane by Mg-Pd/C in Aqueous Media via Bimetallic Activation of the C-F Bond. Environmental Science & Technology, submitted 12/2014.
  • Elie, M.R., Clausen, C.A., Yestrebsky, C.L. (2014) Application of a Magnesium/co-solvent System for the Degradation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons and their Oxygenated Derivatives in Spiked Soil. Chemosphere, Issue 117, pp. 793-800.
  • Edwards, E.K., Yestrebsky, C.L., Saitta, E.K. (2014) Transforming the General Chemistry Program at a Large Research University. Proceedia Social and Behavioral Sciences. Accepted 9/2014.
  • Yestrebsky, C.L. (2014) Flipping the Classroom in a Large Chemistry Class-Research University Environment. Proceedia Social and Behavioral Sciences. Accepted 9/2014
  • Saitta, E.K., Gittings, M.J., Clausen, C.A., Quinn, J., Yestrebsky, C.L. (2014) Laboratory Evaluation of a Prospective Remediation Method for PCB-Contaminated Paint. Journal of Environmental Health Science and Engineering, 12:57. doi:10.1186/2052-336X-12-57.
  • Elie, M.R., Clausen, C.A., Yestrebsky, C.L. (2013) Multivariate Evaluation and Optimization of an Activated-magnesium/co-solvent System for the Reductive Degradation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Journal of Hazardous Materials, pp. 248- 249, 150- 158.
  • Elie, M.R., Clausen, C.A., Yestrebsky, C.L. (2013) Degradation of Oxygenated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (OPAHs): A Chemical reduction Treatment. Chemosphere, Issue 91, pp. 1273-1280.
  • Patel, J., Franco, C., Diaz, D.J., Yestrebsky, C.L. (2013) Indirect Determination of Hydroxyl Radicals in Fine Particle Mist Generated from an Odor Control Technology Via HPLC. Ozone: Science & Engineering.
  • Elie, M.R., Geiger, C.L., Clausen, C.A. (2012) Reduction of Benzo[a]pyrene with Acid-activated Magnesium Metal in ethanol: a Possible Application for Environmental remediation. Journal of Hazardous Materials, Pp. 203-204, 77-85.
  • Young, C., Georgiopoulos, M., Hagen, S., Geiger, C.L., Falls, M., Islas, A., Ramsey, P., Lancey, Forde, D., Smith, E. (2011) Improving student learning in calculus through applications. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 42:5, 591-604.
  • Saitta, E.K., Bowden, M., Geiger, C.L. (2011) Incorporating service-learning, technology, and research supportive teaching techniques in the university classroom. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 20, 790-795.
  • Maloney, P., Devor, R., Novaes-Card, S., Saitta, E., Quinn, J., Clausen, C.A., Geiger, C.L. (2011) Dechlorination of polychlorinated biphenyls using magnesium and acidified alcohols. Journal of Hazardous Materials, Issue 187 (1-3), 235-40.
  • Coutts, J.L., Devor, R.W., Aitken, B., Hampton, M.D., Quinn, J.W., Clausen, C.A., Geiger, C.L. (2011) The Use of Mechanical Alloying for the Preparation of Palladized Magnesium Bimetallic Particles for the Remediation of PCBs. Journal of Hazardous Materials, Issue 193(3), 1380-1387.
  • Saitta, E.H., Gittings, M., Geiger, C.L. (2011) Learning Dimensional Analysis through Collaboratively Working with Manipulatives. Journal of Chemistry Education, Issue 88, 910-915.
  • Hermanussen, M., Godina, E., Ruhili, F.J., Blaha, P., Boldsen, J.L., Van Buuren, S., MacIntyre, M., Abmann, C., Ghosh, A., de Stephano, G.F., Sonkin, V.D., Tresguerres, J.A.F., Meigen, C., Scheffler, C., Geiger, C.L., Lieberman, L.S. (2009) Growth variant, final height and secular trends. Proceedings of the 17th Aschauer Soiree. HOMO-Journal of Comparative Human Biology, Issue 61, 277-284
  • Fidler, R., Albo, L., Legron, T., Gittings, M.J., Ellis, M.R., Holland, Saitta, E., Sigman, M.E., Geiger, C.L., Clausen, C.A. (2010) Degradation of Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP) Using Mechanically Alloyed Mg/Pd. Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, 35, 100-104.
  • DeVor R., Carvalho-Knighton, K., Aitken, B., Maloney, P., Holland, E., Talalaj, L., Elsheimer, S., Clausen, C.A., Geiger, C.L. (2009) Mechanism of the degradation of individual PCB congeners using mechanically alloyed Mg/Pd in methanol. Chemosphere, 76, 761-766.
  • DeVor, R., Carvalho-Knighton, K., Aitken, B., Maloney, P., Holland, E., Talalaj, L., Fidler, R.,
    Elsheimer, S., Clausen, C.A., Geiger, C.L. (2008) Dechlorination comparison of mono-substituted PCBs with Mg/Pd in different solvent systems. Chemosphere, 73, 896-900.
  • Sigman, M.E., Clark, C.D., Fidler, R.F., Geiger, C.L., Clausen, C,A. (2006) Analysis of Triacetone Triperoxide by Gas Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry by Electron and Chemical Ionization. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 20:19, 2851-2857.

Professional Service

National Councilor Orlando Section American Chemical Society: 2001-2004

State Section Chair Environmental and Chemical Sciences, Florida Academy of Sciences: March 1999-March 2000 and March 2002-2003

President, Florida Academy of Sciences: March 2003-March 2005

Reviewer for over 30 journals

Awards

2011    Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award presented by UCF for outstanding efforts in research in the teaching enterprise

2011    Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award presented by UCF for outstanding efforts in teaching

2008    UCF Women Making History Award

2007    NASA Blue Marble Award

2007    Inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame

2007    Tech Museum of Innovation Award Intel Environmental Laureate

2006    Federal Laboratory Consortium Southeastern Award

2006    Federal Laboratory Consortium National Award

2006    KSC-NASA Environment and Energy Award

2006    2005 NASA Government Invention of the Year Award for “Zero-valent metal emulsion for reductive dehalogenation of DNAPLs”

2006    2005 NASA Commercial Invention of the Year Award for “Zero-valent metal emulsion for reductive dehalogenation of DNAPLs”

2006    NASA Space Act Award

2006    Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award presented by UCF for outstanding efforts in teaching

2005    Research Incentive Award: Award presented by UCF for outstanding efforts in research

2004    Gold Quality Dollar Award presented by National Aeronautics and Space Administration for continual improvement in research innovation.

2002    College Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award presented by UCF for outstanding efforts in teaching

2001    Outstanding Chemist Award presented by the Orlando Section of the American Chemical Society

2001    Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award presented by UCF for outstanding efforts in teaching

Other Highlights

March, 2008: At “Women making History Celebration 2008” ceremony the following faculty were recognized as women that enhance research and leadership capacity of UCF. Kimiko Akita (Communication), Archana Dubey (Physics), Cherie Geiger (Chemistry), Linda Walters (Biology), Jane Waterman (Biology) and Cynthia Young (Math). We honor them during Women’s History Month at the Women Making History Luncheon.

April, 2007: Christian Clausen, Cherie Geiger and Debra Reinhart, professors at UCF, will be inducted in the Space Technology Hall of Fame next week for their role in developing the Emulsified Zero-Valent Iron, or EZVI. They worked with NASA scientists at the Kennedy Space Center to develop the technology that cleans contaminated sites and is environmentally friendly. The professors teach in the chemistry and civil and environmental engineering departments.

Courses Taught:

  • CHM 2045C Fundamentals of Chemistry I
  • CHM 2046 Fundamentals of Chemistry II
  • CHM 2046L Fundamentals of Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Coordinator of 20-24 sections (10-14 GTAs) including GTA training, monitoring, feedback on teaching, weekly GTA meetings with instruction on pedagogy (new to our department)
  • CHM 4610 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHM 4610L Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHM 3422 Applied Physical Chemistry (New course development)
  • CHS 4615 Environmental Chemistry (New course development)
  • CHS 6613 Current Topics in Environmental Chemistry (New course development)

Outreach

Students working in my laboratory have the opportunity to conduct research on projects from concept through industrial demonstration. This begins with an idea for a new or improved chemical process or useful material, plan and conduct the necessary experiments to synthesize and characterize the new materials, gather data from the processes and interact with other disciplines (including geologists, hydrologists, and engineers) in the process of technology transfer. After conducting laboratory experiment on the new material systems, field demonstration experiments are then conducted. These projects most often lead to the student presenting presentations at national and international meetings, co-author on several publications and co-inventor on a patent.

Chemistry Welcomes Chair

This summer Cherie Yestrebsky, Ph.D., was named the chair of the UCF Chemistry Department. Dr. Yestrebsky has been serving as interim chair of the department since November of 2014, prior to her long-term appoi... Read more

Rocket Scientist and Outstanding AlumKnight

UCF Chemistry alumnus, Robert DeVor, Ph.D., ’03, ’05, was honored as a 2016 College of Sciences Outstanding AlumKnight Award recipient in March at the College of Sciences Outstanding AlumKnights awards rece... Read more

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