Dr. Peter Vikesland

Civil and 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

Liu, C.; Leng, W.; and Vikesland, P.J. (2018). “Controlled Evaluation of the Effects of Surface Coating on Silver Nanoparticle Dissolution Rates”. Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 55, pp. 2726-2734. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b05622).

Li, A-D; Metch, J.; Wang, Y.; Garner, E.; Zhang, A.N.; Riquelme, M.V.; Vikesland, P.J.; Pruden, A.; and Zhang, T. (2018) “Effects of Sample Preservation and DNA Extraction on Enumeration of Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Wastewater”. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Vol. 94, Issue 2, fix189. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fix189).

Arango, G.; Garner, E.; Pruden, A.; Heath, L.S.; Vikesland, P.; and Zhang, L. (2018). “DeepARG: A Deep Learning Approach for Predicting Antibiotic Resistance Genes from Metagenomic Data”. Microbiome. Vol. 6, 23 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40168-018-0401-z)

Dai, D.; Prussin, A.J.; Marr, L.C.; Vikesland, P.J.; Edwards, M.E.; and Pruden, A.J. (2017) “Factors Shaping the Human Exposome in the Built Environment: Opportunities for Engineering Control.” Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 51, pp. 7759-7774 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.7b01097)

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).  Featured Cover Article. Selected as First Runner Up Best Feature Article of 2017 by Environmental Science and Technology.

Riquelme, M.V.; Leng, W.; Carzolio; Pruden, A.; and Vikesland, P.J. (2017) “Stable Oligonucleotide-Functionalized Gold Nanosensors for Environmental Biocontaminant Monitoring”. Journal of Environmental Sciences, Vol. 62, pp. 49-59. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jes.2017.08.005).