Gradient

Senior Scientists

James W. Rice, Ph.D.
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Education

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Brown University

Sc.M., Engineering, Brown University

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University

Expertise

  • Contaminant Fate & Transport
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH)
  • Read-Across Assessment
  • Environmental Sampling and Data Interpretation

James W. Rice, Ph.D.

Senior Environmental Scientist

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Dr. Rice is an environmental scientist specializing in contaminant transport and source identification, read-across assessment, and the evaluation of organic compound contaminants.  He applies his expertise to environmental cost allocation, site remediation, groundwater assessment, insurance cost recovery, litigation support, and chemical compliance. Before joining Gradient, Dr. Rice was a postdoctoral research associate and state agencies liaison in Brown University's Superfund Research Program (SRP), where he served as a knowledge broker between the Brown SRP and its government and business stakeholders.  During his doctoral and postdoctoral work, Dr. Rice evaluated the thermodynamics and phase behavior of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) mixtures and used passive samplers to monitor petroleum hydrocarbons in an oil-contaminated river. 

Education

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Brown University

Sc.M., Engineering, Brown University

B.S., Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University

Expertise

  • Contaminant Fate & Transport
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH)
  • Read-Across Assessment
  • Environmental Sampling and Data Interpretation

Services

Representative Projects

Former Manufactured Gas Plant Operations Review: Performed a detailed historical review of former manufactured gas plant (FMGP) operations as part of a cost allocation study. Estimated the mass loadings of tar and PAHs from FMGP operations to the sediments of an urbanized water body.

Superfund Site Cost Allocation: Developed a potentially responsible party (PRP) cost allocation for remedial design work. Applied cost causation factors including historic and forensic evaluations of contaminant releases to sediments of an urbanized water body.

Petroleum Spills Evaluation: Evaluated the impact on groundwater quality from historical petroleum product releases as part of an insurance cost recovery case.

Groundwater Assessment: Provided technical and strategic support to a PRP group at a Superfund site to address a tetrachloroethylene (PCE) plume in groundwater. Services have included overseeing remedial operations, planning and overseeing a remedy suspension test, and evaluating proposed amendments to the remedial approach.

Metals Contamination Assessment: Identified and assessed potential sources of metals contamination in an industrialized watershed, including industrial discharges and municipal stormwater. Provided a comprehensive review of the processes that influence metals contamination in sediments and the potential sources of this contamination.

Read-accross Chemical Determination: Determined read-across chemical analogues for substances that have no readily available toxicity data to ensure the safe use of chemicals, minimize analytical costs and dependence on animal testing, and assist in compliance with hazard communication frameworks.

NAPL and Groundwater Assessment: Evaluated chemical characteristics of groundwater and free product (NAPL) samples to help determine the timing of a gasoline release.

Selected Publications

Rice, JW; Cohen, JM; Lewandowski, TA.  2016. "Building Your Toolbox: Read-Across Tools for Alternatives Assessment." Presented at SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting/7th SETAC World Congress, Orlando, FL, 19p.

Rice, JW; Ritter, HC; Kneeland, JM; Zhang, J; Butler, CH; Noble, AE.  2015. "An Iterative and Multidisciplinary Framework for Determining Read-Across Chemical Surrogates." Presented at SETAC North Atlantic Chapter Meeting, Freeport, Maine, June 10-12

Pennell KG; Thompson M; Rice JW; Senier L; Brown P; Suuberg E.  2013. "Bridging research and environmental regulatory processes: The role of knowledge brokers." Environ. Sci. Technol. 47 : 11985-11992.

Rice JW; Fu, J; Suuberg E.  2011. "Thermodynamics of multicomponent PAH mixtures and development of tar-like behavior." Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 50 : 3613-3620.