Dr. Peter Vikesland

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Peter Vikesland is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech. His research involves the application of fundamental chemical principles to the study of natural and engineered systems.

A present focus is on the use of nanotechnology for the detection and remediation of environmental contaminants. Parallel ongoing studies also seek to examine the potentially damaging impacts of nanotechnology on environmental systems.

Vikesland currently leads an international team of researchers as the principal investigator for a five-year Partnerships in International Research and Education grant from the National Science Foundation. The team is seeking to halt wastewater derived antimicrobial resistance dissemination.

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Recent Relevant Publications

Wei, H. and Vikesland, P.J. (2015) “pH-Triggered Molecular Alignment for Reproducible SERS Detection via an AuNP/Nanocellulose Platform.” Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 18131.

Leng, W.; Pati, P.; and Vikesland, P.J. (2015) “Room Temperature Seed Mediated Growth of Gold Nanoparticles: Mechanistic Investigations and Life Cycle Assessment” Environmental Science: Nano, Vol. 2, 440-453. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C5EN00026B) Featured Cover Article.

Metch, J.; Pruden, A.; and Vikesland, P.J. (2015) “Enhanced Disinfection By-Product Formation Due to Nanoparticles in Wastewater Treatment Plant EffluentsIn PressEnvironmental Science: Water Research & Technology. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C5EW00114E)

Yuan, L.; Zhi, W.; Liu, Y.; Karyala, S.; Vikesland, P.; Chen, X.; and Zhang, H. (2015). “Lead Toxicity to the Performance, Viability, and Community Composition of Activated Sludge Microorganisms” Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 49, pp. 824-830. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es504207c)

Ma, Y.; Metch, J.W.; Vejerano, E.P.; Miller, I.J.; Leon, E.C.; Marr, L.C.; Vikesland, P.J.; and Pruden, A. (2015). “Microbial Community Response of Nitrifying Sequencing Batch Reactors to Silver, Zero-Valent Iron, Titanium Dioxide and Cerium Dioxide Nanomaterials.” Water Research, Vol. 68, pp. 87-97. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2014.09.008)

Wei, H.; Rodriguez, K.; Renneckar, S.; and Vikesland, P.J. (2014). “Environmental Science and Engineering Applications of Nanocellulose-Based Nanocomposites.” Environmental Science: Nano, Vol. 1, pp. 302-316. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C4EN00059E)

Pati, P.; Kent, R.; and Vikesland, P.J. (2013). “Nanoparticle Based Sensors for Water Quality Testing” in Nanotechnology for Water and Wastewater Treatment, Eds. Lens, Virkutye, Jegatheesan, Kim, and Al Abed, IWA Publishing, pp. 357-373.

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. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es304927j)