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Introducing Editorial Board Member, Peter Vikesland

We are delighted to introduce Peter Vikesland as an Editorial Board Member for our new journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

Peter Vikesland

Peter is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, USA. He completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Iowa in 1998.

Professor Vikesland’s research interests include nanomaterials in the environment and improved sensors for drinking water. His research on the environmental implications of nanotechnology examines the effects of solution chemistry on the aggregation and dissolution of environmentally relevant nanoparticles. Peter is the director of the Virginia Tech Sustainable Nanotechnology Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program, where the primary goal is to facilitate the incorporation of sustainable design concepts in the nanotechnology field. Peter’s research group is interested in the development and testing of sensor technologies for the detection of environmental contaminants, with a particular emphasis on the use of Raman spectroscopy to detect biological and organic compounds. He is also works to evaluate drinking water disinfectant reactions with aqueous contaminants, focusing on disinfectant reactions with pharmaceutical and personal care products.

Peter’s inspiration:

My children are my inspiration. For their benefit I’m continually inspired to work to improve the world and better understand our ever evolving role in it.

Peter Vikesland, Editorial Board Member, Environmental Science: Water Research &Technology


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Introducing Editorial Board Member, Jeremy Guest

We are delighted to introduce Jeremy Guest as an Editorial Board Member for our new journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

Jeremy Guest

Jeremy completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Thrust Leader for Sanitation and Resource Recovery at the Safe Global Water Institute. His research interests are in in the development of technologies and decision-making tools that increase access to, and the sustainability of, environmental infrastructure.

Jeremy is primarily focusing on sanitation and the development of biotechnologies that manage wastewater as a renewable resource for energy production, chemical production, and nutrient and water recovery. By integrating experimentation, modelling, and quantitative sustainable design, his research group leverages fundamental insights into molecular- and cell-scale processes to advance systems-scale sustainability, connecting technology innovation with broader societal initiatives for advancing energy, food security, health and nutrition in both developing and technologically advanced communities.

My inspiration:

I am continually inspired by passionate students who are committed to solving meaningful problems facing society.”.

Jeremy Guest, Editorial Board Member, Environmental Science: Water Research &Technology


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Introducing Editorial Board Member, Michael Templeton

We are delighted to introduce Michael Templeton as an Editorial Board Member for our new journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

Michael Templeton

Michael is a chartered civil engineer and Senior Lecturer in Public Health Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, UK. He completed his Ph.D. in Civil-Environmental Engineering at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Michael’s research aims to develop engineering solutions to public health challenges relating to water supply and sanitation. His current projects include: devising strategies for water utilities to minimise disinfection by-products in tap water; maximising the effectiveness of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions for preventing schistosomiasis in Africa; optimising ultraviolet disinfection and oxidation processes for water treatment; detecting and controlling antibiotic-resistant bacteria in drinking water supplies.

Michael’s inspiration:

The millions of women and girls in developing countries who sacrifice so much of their lives collecting water for their families.

Michael Templeton, Editorial Board Member, Environmental Science: Water Research &Technology


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Introducing Editorial Board Member, Yunho Lee

We are delighted to introduce Yunho Lee as an Editorial Board Member for our new journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

Yunho Lee

Yunho Lee is an assistant professor in the School of Environmental Science & Engineering at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology-GIST, Korea. He completed his Ph.D. in the Chemical Engineering Department at Seoul National University, Korea in 2005. He did a postdoctoral research at EAWAG, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology before joining GIST in 2011.

Yunho’s research interests include:

  • drinking water quality and treatment
  • wastewater reclamation and resource recovery
  • (photo) chemical oxidation processes in natural and technical water systems

Yunho is currently researching the fate and treatment of organic contaminants of concern (e.g., antibiotics, resistant genes, nitrosamines) in natural and technical water systems, with focuses on environmental redox processes. To understand and optimize the redox processes and technologies, his group takes inter-disciplinary approaches combining chemistry, toxicology, microbiology, and process engineering. In addition to the water quality issues in urban, centralized systems, his group is investigating small-scale, decentralized treatment/recovery technologies for sustainable water and resources management. Current research topics are treatment/recovery technologies for source-separated urine and gravity-driven membrane-based water treatment technologies.

My inspiration:

I like to do research and education in this multidisciplinary field of water science and engineering in which one can enjoy learning from basic theories to practical applications, and contribute something for attaining sustainable and healthy environment.

Yunho Lee, Editorial Board Member, Environmental Science: Water Research &Technology


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Introducing Associate Editor, Tamar Kohn

We are delighted to introduce Tamar Kohn as an Associate Editor for our new journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

About Tamar

After receiving a Diploma in Environmental Science at ETZH in Switzerland, Tamar completed her PhD in Environmental Engineering at John Hopkins University in 2004. She then became a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.

Currently, Tamar is an Associate Professor at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, in Switzerland, where she heads the Environmental Chemistry Laboratory. The aim of Tamar’s research is to understand the fundamental principles and processes that lead to improved water quality in natural and engineered systems, including pertinent water quality issues such as viral pathogens and organic micropollutants. She uses a combination of (photo-) chemical, molecular biological and modelling tools to gain knowledge enabling the improvement of existing water treatment systems and development of novel, more effective methods.

Previously, Tamar was co-guest editor for the themed issue, 2012 Emerging Investigators, in our sister journal, Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts.

My most memorable advice:

“Make sure to step back from your work every once in a while, to reflect on what you’re doing, and to decide if you’re still headed in a relevant direction. If not, be brave enough to change course.”

Tamar Kohn, Associate Editor, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology

Tamar is now accepting submissions – submit your manuscript to her today!

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Introducing Associate Editor, Paige Novak

We are delighted to introduce Paige Novak as an Associate Editor for our new journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

About Paige

Paige completed a B.S in Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia. She then attended the University of Iowa, where she completed her M.S and PhD in 1997 – both in Environmental Engineering.

Currently, Paige is a Professor at the University of Minnesota, where she heads a research group, specializing in research on the biological transformation of hazardous substances in sediment, groundwater and wastewater. She works both in the laboratory and in the field, trying to understand the interactions between microorganisms and environmental conditions. Her current research focuses on:

  • PCB dechlorinators
  • The natural role of dehalorespirers in the environment
  • The fate of estrogenic compounds in wastewater and the environment
  • The effects of micropollutants on microbial communities
  • Reactive membrane systems

Paige has recently published a paper, ‘identifying sources of emerging organic contaminants in a mixed use watershed using principal component analysis’ in our sister journal, Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts.

Paige’s Inspiration:

I am inspired by the large number of incredibly bright people working to improve water quality and environmental sustainability through research and practice.”

Paige Novak, Associate Editor, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology

Paige is now accepting submissions – submit your manuscript to her today!

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Introducing Associate Editor, Stuart Khan

We are delighted to introduce Stuart Khan as an Associate Editor for our new journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

About Stuart

Currently, Stuart is an Associate Professor in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Stuart completed his PhD at the University of New South Wales in 2003, after gaining his BSc from the University of Sydney in 1995.

At the University of New South Wales, Stuart supervises 6 PhD students on a variety of water related projects. His present research interests include:

  • The presence, fate and implications of trace chemical substances in drinking water, wastewater, recycled water and the environment.
  • Water treatment process validation and reliability assessment.
  • The role of potable reuse in securing future sustainable water supplies.
  • Chiral transformations of chemical substances during wastewater treatment.
  • Water quality impacts of extreme weather events.

Stuart has contributed a book chapter ‘Safe Management of Chemical Contaminations for Planned Portable Water Recycling’ to ‘Sustainable Water’ which is part of our book series focusing on key issues in environmental science and technology.

Stuart KhanStuart’s Inspiration:

“My overarching goal is for effective water research to facilitate the improvement of sustainable urban water management. Research can achieve this improving our understanding of water treatment capabilities, water quality monitoring and risk management. These areas are crucial to support the increased application of more sustainable water supply options such as potable water recycling”.

Stuart Khan, Associate Editor, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology

Stuart is now accepting submissions – submit your manuscript to him today!

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Introducing our Editor-In Chief – David Cwiertny

We are delighted to introduce David Cwiertny as the Editor-in-Chief of our new journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology.

About David

Currently, David is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Iowa. David holds a BS in Environmental Engineering Science, with a major in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley awarded in 2000. He completed his PhD in Environmental Engineering at John Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland, USA) in 2006.

At the University of Iowa, he is a core faculty member in the campus-wide Water Sustainability Initiative, developing interdisciplinary research, outreach and education programs intended to increase water awareness at the University and across the state of Iowa. His present research interests include:

  • Materials-based treatment strategies for water and wastewater.
  • Chemical transformation pathways for emerging contaminant classes in a natural aquatic system.

Find out more about David’s research by reading his recent publications in his Royal Society of Chemistry Author’s Archive

We are now open for submissions – submit your manuscript today!

David CwiertnyDavid’s Inspiration:

“I’ve always wanted to be an engineer primarily because of my father, who was an aerospace engineer. My mom, a school teacher, helped instill in me an appreciation for writing, which is hugely important in this profession. Inspiration nowadays comes from my fabulous research mentors (Lynn Roberts, Michelle Scherer, and Vicki Grassian), my one-of-kind colleagues at the University of Iowa, and my students, who bring passion, energy and fun to my laboratory each day.”.

David Cwiertny, Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology


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