University of California, Riverside

Environmental Sciences

William T. Frankenberger

William T. Frankenberger

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Distinguished Professor of Soil Microbiology & Biochemistry, Emeritus

Academic Degrees:

  • Ph.D., 1980, Iowa State University
  • M.S., 1977, Iowa State University
  • B.A., 1974, Emporia State University


Representative Publications:

  • Frankenberger, W. T. (Editor) 2002. Environmental Chemistry of Arsenic. pp. 410. Marcel Dekker, New York, NY.
  • Arshad, M., and W. T. Frankenberger. 2002. Ethylene: Agricultural Sources and Applications. pp. 450. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York.
  • Okeke, B. C., G. Ma, Q. Cheng, M. E. Losi, and W. T. Frankenberger, Jr. 2007. Development of a perchlorate reductase-based biosensor for real time analysis of perchlorate in water. J. Microbiol. Methods. 68: 69-75.
  • Zhang, Y.Q. and W.T. Frankenberger, Jr. 2006. Removal of selenate in river and drainage waters by Citerobacter braakii enhanced with zero-valent iron. J. Agric. Food Chem. 54: 152-156.
  • Okeke, B. C. and W. T. Frankenberger, Jr. 2005. Use of starch and potato peel waste for perchlorate bioreduction in water. Sci. Total Environ. 347:35-45.
  • Zhang, Y.Q. C. Amrhein, A. Chang, and W.T. Frankenberger, Jr. 2008. Effect of zero-valent iron and a redox mediator on removal of selenium in agricultural drainage water. Sci. Total Environ. 407:89-96.

Honors and Awards

  • 1981 Soil Science Society of America Emil Troug Award
  • 1987 American Society of Agronomy Visiting Scientist Award
  • 1991 Fellow, Soil Science Society of America
  • 1991 Fellow, The American Institute of Chemists
  • 1992 Fellow, American Society of Agronomy
  • 1993 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 1993 Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology
  • 1993 Invited Speaker, Gordon Research Conference, Appl. & Environ. Microbiol., July 1993
  • 1995 USDA-CSREES-NRE Certificate of Merit
  • 1995 USDA Secretary's Honor Award for Environmental Protection
  • 1995-96 President-Elect of Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry (Div. S-3), SSSA
  • 1996 Environmental Quality Research Award, American Society of Agronomy
  • 1997 Soil Science Research Award, Soil Science Society of America
  • 1997 Finalist for Inland Empire Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • 1998 Soil Science Society of America Francis Clark Distinguished Lectureship on Frontiers in Soil Biology
  • 1999 Agronomic Research Award, American Society of Agronomy
  • 2001 Director, UCR Center for Technology Development
  • 2003 ISI Most Highly Cited Researchers Worldwide in Ecology/Environment (

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