A. OLA OPARA portrait
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geography Department


  • Opara, A.; Peoples, M.J.; Adams, D.J.; Maehl, W. The Landusky Mine Biotreatment System: Comparison of Conventional Bioreactor Performance with a New Electro-Biochemical Reactor (EBR) Technology. Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, 2014. Published, 02/2014.
  • A. Opara, D.J. Adams, and M. Peoples. Pilot system successfully removes metals, inorganics. Industrial Water World, Vol. 13, No. 2, March/April, 2013. Published, 04/2013.
  • A. Opara. Biochemically Enhanced Methane Production from Coal. PhD Dissertation, University of Utah, 2012. Published, 08/2012.
  • Adams, D.J.; Peoples, M.; Opara, A. New Electro-Biochemical Reactor for Treatment of Wastewaters. In Water in Mineral Processing, Drelich, J., Ed., Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, 2012. Published, 02/2012.
  • Yin, X.; Opara, A.; Du, H.; Miller, J.D. Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Metal-Cyanide Complexes: Fundamental Considerations in Gold Hydrometallurgy. Hydrometallurgy 2011, 106, 64-70. Published, 02/2011.
  • Hupka, J.; Opara, A.; Janczarek, M. Environmental Threats during Operation of Subsea Gas Pipelines (in Polish). Przemysl Chemiczny, 2010, 8, 916-922. Published, 08/2010.
  • Opara, A. Membrane Separation of Cyanide Species. MSc Thesis, The University of Utah, May 2010. Published, 05/2010.
  • Opara, A.; Hupka, J. Methane as a Fuel in Sustainable Transportation (in Polish). Przeglad Komunalny, 2008, 8, 69-71. Published, 08/2008.
  • Opara, A.; Hupka, J. Methane Hydrates as an Energy Source (in Polish). Czysta Energia, 2007, 8, 36-37. Published, 08/2007.

Research Keywords

  • Natural Gas
  • Methane
  • Coal-bed methane
  • Shale gas
  • Methane hydrates
  • Energy Resources
  • Water treatment
  • Water Pollution
  • Heavy metals
  • Global Climate Change
  • Carbon cycle

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • Microbially Enhanced Methane Production from Complex Hydrocarbons. PI: D. Jack Adams. Co-PI(s): Michael L. Free, Jack Hamilton, John McLennan. 02/2010 - 08/2012.
  • Electrobiochemical Reactor (EBR) for Removal of Heavy Metals and Inorganics from Industrial Waters. PI: D. Jack Adams. 02/2011 - present.