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Peter J. Vikesland

Nick Prillaman Professor and Program Coordinator
Nick Prillaman Professor and Program Coordinator
415 Durham Hall
Blacksburg, VA, USA 24061
Mail Code: (0246)

Program Area : Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
Professional Registration : EIT (Iowa)
Personal Homepage : https://vikesland.cee.vt.edu

Area of Interest

Nanomaterials in the environment, Improved sensors for drinking water treatment.

  • B.A. Grinnell College, Chemistry, 1993
  • M.S. The University of Iowa, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1995
  • Ph.D. The University of Iowa, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1998
  • Gastprofessor (Visiting Professor), ETH Zurich (2017)
  • Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean's Award for Excellence in Research (2017)
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2016)
  • Environmental Science and Technology "Super Reviewer" Award (2015)
  • UPS Foundation Visiting Associate Professor, Stanford University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2012)
  • University of Iowa Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Richard L. Valentine Distinguished Lecturer (2012)
  • Environmental Science and Technology Excellence in Review Award (2012)
  • Virginia Tech College of Engineering Faculty Fellow (2006-2009)
  • Advisor to Krista Rule Wigginton, 2nd Place Best Dissertation Award American Water Works Association (2010)
  • NSF CAREER Awardee (2004-2009)
  • Invited Participant at the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (2003)
  • ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Fellow (2002)
  • First Place - American Water Works Association (AWWA) Dissertation Award (2000)
  • Honorable Mention - Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Dissertation Award (1999)
  • American Chemical Society Division of Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Paper Award (1999)
  • American Water Works Association Abel Wolman Doctoral Fellowship (1996-1998)
  • American Chemical Society Division of Environmental Chemistry Graduate Student Award (1997)
  • CEE 3104 : Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 4114 : Fundamentals of Public Health Engineering
  • CEE 5104 : Environmental Chemistry
  • CEE 6984 : (FALL 2018) Nanotechnology for Environmental Sustainability
  • Quantification of the pH of Aerosol Droplets via Nanoprobe Based Sensing, PI, awarded by the National Science Foundation, 2017-2020
  • PIRE: Halting Environmental Antimicrobial Resistance Dissemination (HEARD), PI, awarded by the National Science Foundation, 2015-2020.
  • Controlled Evaluation of Nanoparticle Dissolution Using Atomic Force Microscopy, PI, awarded by the National Science Foundation, 2014-2017.
  • Collaborative Research: Fate, Transport, and Organismal Uptake of Rod-Shaped Nanomaterials, PI, awarded by the National Science Foundation, 2013-2016. Collaborative project with N. Saleh (U. Texas-Austin) and C. Murphy (U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign).
  • Inkjet Imprinted Paper for Poliovirus Detection and Differentiation, PI, awarded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 2011-2012.
  • CAREER: Formation and Reactivity of Nanoscale Corrosion Products –An Integrated Research and Education Plan. Funded by US National Science Foundation.
  • Metch, J.W.; Burrows, N.D.; Murphy, C.J.; Pruden, A.; and Vikesland, P.J. (2018) "Metagenomic Analysis of Microbial Communities Yields Insight into Impacts of Nanoparticle Design". Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 13, pp. 253-259. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41565-017-0029-3).
  • Wei, H.; Vejerano, E.P.; Leng, W.; Huang, Q.; Willner, M.R.; Marr, L.C.; and Vikesland P.J. (2018). "Aerosol Microdroplets Exhibit a Stable pH Gradient" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 115, pp. 7272-7277. (https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1720488115)
  • Vikesland, P.J. (2018). "Nanosensors for Water Quality Monitoring" Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 13, pp. 651-660. (https://doi.org/10.1038/s41565-018-0209-9).
  • Vikesland, P.J.; Pruden, A.; Alvarez, P.J.J.; Aga, D.; Bürgmann, H.; Li, X.-D.; Manaia, C.; Nambi, I.; Wigginton, K.; Zhang, T.; and Zhu, Y.-G. (2017). "Toward a Comprehensive Strategy to Mitigate Dissemination of Environmental Sources of Antibiotic Resistance". Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 51, pp. 13061-13069 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b03623).
  • Pati, P.; McGinnis, S.; and Vikesland, P.J. (2014). "Life Cycle Assessment of "Green" Nanoparticle Synthesis Method." Environmental Engineering Science, Vol. 31, pp. 410-420.
  • Kent, R.; Oser, J.; and Vikesland, P.J. (2014). "Controlled Evaluation of Silver Nanoparticle Sulfidation in a Full-Scale Wastewater Treatment Plant." Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 48, pp. 8564-8572.
  • Vikesland, P.; Fiss, E.M.; Wigginton, K.R.; McNeill, K.; and Arnold, W.A. (2013). "Halogenation of Bisphenol-A, Triclosan, and Chlorophenols in Chlorinated Waters Containing Iodide." Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 47, pp. 6764-6772.
  • Halvorson, R.; Leng, W.; and Vikesland, P.J. (2011). "Microcystin, Nodularin, and Component Amino Acid Identification by Drop Coating Deposition Raman Spectroscopy" Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 83, pp. 9273-9280.
  • Halvorson, R. and Vikesland, P.J. (2010). "Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) for Environmental Analyses." Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 44, pp. 7749-7755.