Dr. Jeffrey Paulo Perez

Jeffrey Paulo Perez
Dr. Jeffrey Paulo Perez
Scientist
Telegrafenberg
Building A 71, Room 216
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-27536
jeffrey.paulo.perez@gfz-potsdam.de

Function and Responsibilities:

Postdoctoral Scientist

Research Interests:

My current research is focused on iron redox (geo)chemistry in natural and engineered environments. Specifically, I am interested in elucidating the mechanism and pathways of formation and transformation of iron-bearing minerals and how these affect the cycling of nutrients (e.g., P, Si) and contaminant (e.g., As, Cr) in oxygen-poor environments. I combine several state-of-the-art analytical techniques from nanoscience, materials chemistry and geochemistry to gain fundamental understanding of the complex interplay between mineral surfaces and nutrients/contaminants at the nano- and molecular-scale.

Career:

Feb. 2020 - Present        Postdoctoral Scientist, Sec. 3.5 Interface Geochemistry, GFZ Potsdam, Germany

Jan. 2019 - May 2019    Visiting Researcher, Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy Centre, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Sept. 2018                         Visiting Researcher. Institute of Applied Geosciences, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Oct. 2017 - Feb. 2018    Visiting Researcher, Nano-Science Centre, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Oct. 2016 - Feb. 2020    Marie Skłodowska Curie PhD Fellow (Early-Stage Researcher), Sec. 3.5 Interface Geochemistry, GFZ Potsdam, Germany

Aug. 2012 - July 2014    Instructor, Dept. of Engineering Science, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines

Education:

2017 - 2020: PhD Earth Sciences: Geochemistry (Summa cum laude), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
        Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Liane G. Benning 

2014 - 2016: MSc Environmental Sanitation (Summa cum laude), Ghent University, Belgium
         Thesis: "Iron oxide nanoparticles in Covalent Organic Frameworks: New hybrid adsorbents for metal sequestration",
         Supervisors:   Prof. Dr. Gijs Du Laing,   Prof. Dr. Pascal Van Der Voort

2007 - 2012: BSc Chemical Engineering (Cum laude), University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
         Thesis: "Parametric and optimization studies on the two-stage acid hydrolysis of cogon grass (Imperata cylindrica) for xylose production"
          Supervisor: Dr. Butch G. Bataller 

Projects:

Current Projects
Funded synchrotron beamtimes
  • 11.2021: X-ray absorption spectroscopy (As and Fe K-edge EXAFS). European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF, France), BM23 beamline (12 shifts)
  • 02.2020: X-ray absorption spectroscopy (As and Fe K-edge EXAFS). Diamond Light Source (UK), I20-scanning (12 shifts)
  • 11.2018: X-ray absorption spectroscopy (As K-edge EXAFS). European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF, France), BM23 beamline (14 shifts)
  • 09.2018: X-ray absorption spectroscopy (As and Fe K-edge EXAFS). ANKA-KIT (Germany), SUL-X beamline (15 shifts)

Awards:

  • 2021: Procope Mobility Grant (3,800 EUR), Department of Science and Technology of the French Embassy in Germany
  • 2020: Friedrich-Robert-Helmert Thesis Prize, GFZ Potsdam
  • 2019: Best Poster Award, Clay Minerals Group (MinerSoc) and RSC Envi Chem Group Joint Meeting - Research in Progress 2019
  • 2019: Geo.X Travel Grant for Outgoing Early Career Scientists (2,500 EUR)
  • 2018: Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Researcher Mobility Grant (5,000 GBP)
  • 2017: Geo.X Conference Travel Grant (500 EUR)
  • 2017: Travel Grant, 2nd Total Scattering for Nanotechnology Summer School, Como, Italy
  • 2016: Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Fellowship (EU H2020 MSCA-ITN Metal-Aid) (~250,000 EUR)
  • 2016: 2nd Place, Water Technology Thesis Prize, WaterCircle Belgium
  • 2016: ArcelorMittal Indaver Environmental Science and Technology Thesis Prize, Ghent University
  • 2014: VLIR-UOS (Flemish) International Master's Programme Scholarship, Ghent University (~34,000 EUR, success rate < 10%)
  • 2012: University President's Medal of Excellence, University of the Philippines Los Baños
  • 2012: Medal of Academic Excellence in Engineering, University of the Philippines Los Baños
  • 2012: Medal of Academic Excellence in Science, University of the Philippines Los Baños
  • 2012: Most Outstanding Student Leader in Engineering, University of the Philippines Los Baños
  • 2007: DOST Undergraduate Science and Technology Scholarship, University of the Philippines Los Baños (~13,000 EUR; success rate 13%)

Publications