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Pedro J.J. Alvarez

George R. Brown Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Professor of Chemistry

Publications

Brett M.T. Brett, P.J.J. Alvarez, S. Chandra, A.P. Covich, J.A. Huete-Pérez, A.Meyer and K. Vammen The potential impacts of the proposed Interoceanic Canal on the ecology and water quality of Lake Nicaragua .  Silnews , 66: 4-5.

Li M., S. Fiorenza, J. Chatham, S. Mahendra, and P.J.J. Alvarez 1,4-Dioxane biodegradation at low temperatures in Arctic groundwater samples. Water Research .  

Mathieu J., W.W. Mohn, L.D. Eltis, J. LeBlanc, G. Stewart, C. Dresen, K. Okamoto and P.J.J. Alvarez 7-Ketocholesterol catabolism by Rhodococcus jostii RHA1. Appl. Environ. Microbiol.  

Buono R.M., K.R. Zodrow, P.J.J. Alvarez and Q. Li (2015). A New Frontier in Texas: Managing and Regulating Brackish Groundwater..  Water Policy

Gaspar J. J. Mathieu and P.J.J. Alvarez A rapid platform to screen therapeutic drugs for efficacy in removing lipofuscin.  Materials, Methods and Technologies, 10: 1-9

Ma J., C.W. Nossa, Z. Xiu, W.G. Rixeyand P.J.J. Alvarez (2013). Adaptive changes in microbial community structure in response to a continuous pilot-scale release of an ethanol blend. Environmental Pollution. 178:419-425.

Raciny I., K.R. Zodrow, D. Li, Q. Li, and P. J. J. Alvarez (2011). Addition of a magnetite layer onto a polysulfone water treatment membrane to enhance virus removal. Wat. Sci. Technol. 63.10: 2346-2352.

Li Z., K. Greden, P.J.J. Alvarez, K. Gregory, and G.V. Lowry Adsorbed organic macromolecules limits adhesion and toxicity of nano scale zero valent iron (NZVI) to E. coli. Environ. Sci. Technol.  

Ji L., W. Chen, S. Zheng, Z. Xu, P.J.J. Alvarez and D. Zhu Adsorption of tetracycline on single-walled and multi-walled carbon nanotubes as affected via aqueous solution chemistry. Environ. Toxicol. Chem.  

Ma J., Z. Xiu, A.L. Monier, I. Mamonkina, Y. Zhang, B.P. Stafford, W.G. Rixey, and P.J.J. Alvarez (2011). Aesthetic groundwater quality impacts of a continuous pilot-scale release of an ethanol blend. Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation. 31(3):47-54

McPhail A., R. Griffin, M. El-Halwagi, K. Medlock and P.J.J. Alvarez (2014). An environmental, economic, and energy assessment of municipal solid waste’s ultimate analysis and moisture content in a parallel co-combustion process. Energy & Fuels (In press).

Da Silva M.B., D. Gomez and P.J.J. Alvarez (2013). Analytical model for BTEX natural attenuation in the presence of fuel ethanol and its anaerobic metabolite acetate. J. Contam. Hydrol. 146: 1–7.

Qu X., P.J.J. Alvarez and Q. Li (2013). Applications of Nanotechnology in Water and Wastewater Treatment. Water Research. 47, (12), 3931–3946.

Kazy S., A. Monier, and P.J.J. Alvarez Assessing the correlation between anaerobic toluene degradation activity and bssA concentrations in hydrocarbon-contaminated aquifer material. Biodegradation.  

Toledo D., M.L.B. da Silva, C.W. Nossa, P.J.J. Alvarez and H.X. Corseuil Assessment of microbial communities associated with fermentative-methanogenic biodegradation of aromatic hydrocarbons in groundwater contaminated with a biodiesel blend (B20)..  Biodegradation. , 25 (5): 681-691

Mathieu J., F. Wang, L. Segatori and P.J.J. Alvarez (2012), Attenuation of oxysterol-induced cytotoxicity using a lysosomal-associated membrane protein 1 (LAMP1)-cholesterol oxidase fusion that targets the lysosome. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 109(9): 2409-2415.

Li D and P.J.J. Alvarez (2011). Avoidance, weight loss and cocoon production assessment for Eisenia fetida exposed to C60 in soil.  Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 30(11):2542-2545.

Corseuil HX, A.L. Monier, M. Fernandes, M.R. Schneider, C. Nunes, M. do Rosario and P.J.J. Alvarez (2011). BTEX Plume Dynamics Following an Ethanol Blend Release: Geochemical Footprint and Thermodynamic Constraints on Natural Attenuation. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45(8), 3422–3429.

VegaL.M., P.J.J. Alvarez and R.J.C. McLean (2013). Bacterial signaling ecology and potential applications during biofilm construction. Microbial Ecology DOI 10.1007/s00248-013-0321-1.

Li M., E.T. Van Orden, D.J DeVries, Z. Xiong, R. Hinchee, and P.J.J Alvarez Bench-scale biodegradation tests to assess natural attenuation potential of 1,4-dioxane at three sites in California..  Biodegradation, 26: 39–50

Rittmann B.E. and P.J.J. Alvarez (2010). Bio- and nanoengineering: the future of wastewater treatment.In: A World of Opportunities- working in the international water sector” IWA Publishing. pp. 14-15.

Li D., J.D. Fortner, D.R. Johnson, C. Chen, Q. Li and P.J.J. Alvarez Bioaccumulation of 14C60 by the earthworm Eisenia foetida. Environ. Sci. Technol.  

Ma J., W.G. Rixey, G.E. DeVaull, B.P. Stafford, and P.J.J. Alvarez (2012). Bioattenuation of Methane along the Groundwater to Soil Surface Pathway in a Pilot-Scale Aquifer Impacted by Fuel Ethanol and Implications for Explosion Risk Reduction. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46 (11), 6013–6019

Da Silva M.L.B. and P.J.J. Alvarez Bioaugmentation. In: K. N. Timmis (ed.). Handbook of hydrocarbon microbiology: microbial interactions with hydrocarbons oils, fats and related hydrophobic substrates and products..  

Corseuil HX, A.L. Monier , A.P.N. Gomes , M. do Rosario and P.J.J. Alvarez (2011). Biodegradation of soybean and castor oil biodiesel: Implications on the natural attenuation of monoaromatic hydrocarbons in groundwater. Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation. 31(3):111-118.

Toledo-Ramos D., M.L.B. da Silva,H.S. Chiaranda, P.J.J. Alvarez, and H.X. Corseuil (2013). Biostimulation of Anaerobic BTEX Biodegradation under Fermentative Methanogenic Conditions in Groundwater Contaminated with a Biodiesel Blend (B20). Biodegradation 24(3):333-41.

J, Lee, Y. Mackeyev, M. Cho, L.J. Wilson, J-H. Kim and P.J.J. Alvarez C60 aminofullerene immobilized on silica as a visible-light-activated photocatalyst. Environ. Sci. Technol.  

Choi Y., Y. Ye, Y. Mackeyev, M. Cho, L.J. Wilson, J. Lee, P.J.J. Alvarez, W. Choi, J. Lee (2014). C60 aminofullerene-magnetite nanocomposite designed for efficient visible light photocatalysis and magnetic recovery. Carbon 69:92-100

Yang Y., H. Zhu, V.L. Colvin and P.J.J. Alvarez (2011). Cellular and transcriptional response of Pseudomonas stutzeri to quantum dots under aerobic and denitrifying conditions. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45: 4988–4994

Brame J. and P.J.J. Alvarez Challenges and Opportunities in the Use of Nanotechnology for Water treatment and Wastewater Reuse. In: K. Korhonen-Kurki and M. Fox (eds). Towards New Solutions in Managing Environmental Crisis. Environmentalica Fenica .  

Domınguez-Faus R., C. Folberth, J. Liu, A.M. Jaffe, and P. J.J. Alvarez (2013). Climate change would increase the water footprint of corn ethanol in the USA.  Environ. Sci. Technol. 47 (11): 6030–6037.

Brunet L., Lyon D.Y., Hotze E.M., Alvarez P.J.J., and Wiesner M.R. (2009). Comparative photoactivity of fullerenes and titanium dioxide: mechanisms, implications on antimicrobial activity and applications. Environ. Sci. Technol. 43, 4355–4360.

Gomez D. and P.J.J. Alvarez Comparison of the effects of various fuel alcohols on the natural attenuation of benzene plumes: a simulation analysis using RT3D with the general substrate interaction module. J. Contam. Hydrol.  

Heck K.N., M.O. Nutt, P.J.J. Alvarez, and M.S. Wong (2009). Deactivation resistance of Pd/Au nanoparticle catalysts for water-phase hydrodechlorination. J. Catal. 267, 97-104.

Zhao Z., Y-L Fang, P.J.J. Alvarez, and M. S. Wong (2013). Degrading perchloroethene at ambient conditions using Pd andPd-on-Au reduction catalysts. Appl. Catal. B Env. V140-141: 468-477.

Zhao P.Y., P. J. Alvarez, J. Wang, and C. Pan Development of analytical method on pesticide residues in berries with dispersive solid phase extraction by mixture sorbents of multiwalled carbon nanotubes and primary secondary amine.  J. Agric. Food Chem.

Zhao P.Y., P. J. Alvarez, J. Wang, and C. Pan Development of analytical method on pesticide residues in berries with dispersive solid phase extraction by mixture sorbents of multiwalled carbon nanotubes and primary secondary amine. .  J. Agric. Food Chem.

Lee C-W, S. Mahendra, K. Zodrow, D. Li, Y-C Tsai, J. Braam and P. J.J. Alvarez Developmental phytotoxicity of metal oxide nanoparticles to Arabidopsis thaliana. Environ. Toxicol. Chem.  

Xiu Z., J. Ma and PJJ. Alvarez (2011).  Differential Effect of Common Ligands and Molecular Oxygen on Antimicrobial Activity of Silver Nanoparticles versus Silver Ions. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45 (20): 9003–9008

Yang Y., M. Li, C. Michels, H. Moreira-Soares and Pedro J.J. Alvarez (2014). . Differential sensitivity of nitrifying bacteria to silver nanoparticles in activated sludge..  Environ. Toxicol. Chem. , 33 (10): 2234-2239

Li D., W.C. Hockaday, C.A. Masiello, and P.J.J. Alvarez (2011). Earthworm avoidance of biochar can be mitigated by wetting. Soil Biol. Biochem. 43(8): 1732-1737.

Xiu Z-M, K.B. Gregory, G.V. Lowry, and P.J.J. Alvarez Effect of bare and coated nano-scale zero-valent iron on tceA and vcrA gene expression in Dehalococcoides spp. Environ. Sci. Technol.  

Lovanh N. and P.J.J. Alvarez Effect of ethanol, acetate, and phenol on toluene degradation actitivity and tod-lux expression in Pesudomonas putida TOD102: an evaluation of the metabolic flux dilution model.  Biotechnol. Bioeng., 86(7): 801-808

Xiu Z-M, Z-H Jin, T-L Li, S. Mahendra, G.V. Lowry, and P.J.J Alvarez Effect of nano-scale zero-valent iron particles on a mixed culture dechlorinating trichloroethylene. Bioresource Technology .  

Chen J., Z. Xiu, G. V. Lowry and P.J. J. Alvarez Effect of natural organic matter on toxicity and reactivity of nano-scale zero-valent iron. Wat. Res.  

Xiu Z-M., J. Mathieu, Y. Liu, J. Wang, D. Zhu and P.J.J. Alvarez (2014). Elucidating the genetic basis for E. coli defense against silver toxicity using mutant arrays. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. (In press).

5. Molosky L., J. Connor, T. McHugh, S. Richardson, C. Woroszylo and P.J.J. Alvarez Environmental factors predictive of natural methane concentrations in groundwater wells in areas of active Marcellus Shale gas extraction.  Groundwater

Brame J., A.J. Kennedy, C.D. Lounds, A.J. Bednar, P.J. J. Alvarez, A.M. Scott, and J. K. Stanley (2014). Environmental implications of interactions between nanomaterials and munitions constituents. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. (In press)

Farrell J., J. Fortner, S. Work, C. Avendano, N. Gomez, R. Zarate Araiza, Q. Li, P.J.J. Alvarez, V. Colvin, A. Kan, and M. Tomson (2014). Evaluation of nanoscale magnetite for arsenic removal from drinking water wells in Guanajuato, Mexico. Env. Eng. Sci. (Submitted).

Parisi V.A., G.R. Brubaker, M.J. Zenker, R.C. Prince, L.M. Gieg, M.L.B. da Silva, P.J.J. Alvarez, and J.M. Suflita (2009). Field metabolomics and laboratory assessments of anaerobic intrinsic bioremediation of hydrocarbons at a petroleum-contaminated site. Microbial Biotechnology.  2(2), 202-212. 

Koo Y, J. Wang, Q. Zhang, H. Zhu, E. W. Chehab, V. L. Colvin, P. J. J. Alvarez, and J. Braam (2014). Fluorescence Reports Intact Quantum Dot Uptake into Roots and Translocation to Leaves of Arabidopsis thaliana and Subsequent Ingestion by Insect Herbivores. Environ. .  Sci. Technol., 48 (12): 6754–6762

Liu L., M. Sun, Qi. Li, H. Zhang, P.J.J. Alvarez, H. Liu, and W. Chen (2014). Genotoxicity and Cytotoxicity of CdS Nanomaterials to Mice: Comparison between Nanorods and Nanodots. Env. Eng. Sci. (Submitted).

Zhu L., H. Yu, Z. Zhang, X. Dai, X. Xu and P. J.J. Alvarez Gradient reducing aeration in enhanced aerobic granular sludge process optimizes the dominant microbial community and its function.  Wat. Res.

Zhou J., H. Zhao, Z. Zhang, M. Hu, H. Yu, X. Xu, J. Vidonish, P. J.J. Alvarez and L. Zhu (2015) Granular activated carbon as nucleating agent for aerobic sludge granulation: Effect of GAC size on velocity field differences (GAC versus flocs) and aggregation behavior. .  Bioresour. Technol. , 198: 358-363

Ma J., J.W. Nossa and P.J.J. Alvarez Groundwater ecosystem resilience to organic contaminations: microbial and geochemical dynamics throughout the 5-year life cycle of a surrogate ethanol blend fuel plume..  Wat. Res. , 80: 119-129

Aiken G.,H. Hsu-Kim, J. Ryan, and P.J.J Alvarez (2011).  Guest Comment: Nanoscale Metal-Organic Matter Interactions. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45(8), 3194–3195.

4. Liu L., M. Sun, Q. Li, H. Zhang, K. Yu, M. Li, C. Zhang, G. Cao, Y. Yuang. H. Zhai, W. Chen and P.J.J. Alvarez ( High-facet-energy CdS nanorods are more reactive but less cytotoxic than lower-facet-energy homologues of similar morphology.  NanoLetters, 16: 688−694

Yang Y., J. Quensen, J. Mathieu, Q. Wang, J. Wang, M. Li, J.M. Tiedje, and P.J.J. Alvarez (2014). Impact of Silver Nanoparticles on the Microbial Community Structure of Activated Sludge: A Pyrosequencing Assessment. Wat. Res. 48:317-325.

Qu X., P.J.J. Alvarez and Q. Li (2012). Impact of Sunlight and Humic Acid on the Deposition Kinetics of Aqueous Fullerene Nanoparticles (nC60). Environ. Sci. Technol. 46 (24):13455–13462.

Yang Y., J. Wang, H. Zhu, Vicki L. Colvin and P.J.J. Alvarez (2013). Impacts of silver nanoparticles on cellular and transcriptional activity of nitrogen cycling bacteria. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 32 (7): 1488–1494.

Goyal A. , A. Kumar, P. K. Patra, S. Mahendra,  P. J. J. Alvarez, G. John, and P.M. Ajayan (2009). In-situ synthesis of silver nanoparticles-PDMS composite films. Macromol. Rapid Commun. 30: 1116-1122.

Ma J. W.G. Rixey and P.J.J. Alvarez Increased fermentation activity and persistent methanogenesis in a model aquifer system following source removal of an ethanol blend release Wat. .  Res. 68:479-486.

Da Silva MLB and P.J.J. Alvarez Indole-based assay to assess the effect of ethanol on Pseudomonas putida F1 dioxygenase activity. Biodegradation.  

Brame J., A.J. Kennedy, C.D. Lounds, A.J. Bednar, P.J. J. Alvarez, A.M. Scott, and J. K. Stanley Influence of carbon and metal oxide nanomaterials on aqueous concentrations of the munition constituents cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX) and tungsten. .  Environ. Toxicol. Chem., 33(5): 1035-42

Brame J., M. Long, Q. Li and, P.J.J. Alvarez Inhibitory effect of natural organic matter or other background constituents on photocatalytic advanced oxidation processes: Mechanistic model development and validation. .  Wat. Res. , 84: 1-10.

Liao Y., J. Brame, W. Que, Z. Xiu, H. Xie, Q. Li, M. Fabian, and P.J.J Alvarez (2012). Low
Temperature Crystallization of Anodic TiO2 Nanotube Array in Water: Synthesis,
Performance and Mechanistic Insight. ACS Nano (Submitted).

Zhang C., Chen W., and P.J. J. Alvarez (2014). Manganese peroxidase degrades pristine but not surface-oxidized (carboxylated) single-walled carbon nanotubes. .  Environ. Sci. Technol. , 48(14): 7918–7923

Schloendorn, T. Webb, K. Kemmish, M. Hamalainen, D. Jackemeyer, L. Jiang, J. Mathieu, J. Rebo, J, Sankman, L. Sherman, L. Tontson, A. Qureshi., P.J.J. Alvarez, and B. Rittmann Medical Bioremediation – a concept moving towards reality. Ageing Research.  

Mathieu J.M., J. Schloendorn, B.E.Rittmann and P.J.J. Alvarez (2009). Medical bioremediation of age-related diseases. Microbial Cell Factories. 8:21 (9 April 2009).

Da Silva M. J. Ma and P.J.J. Alvarez (2015). Methods to Assess the Fate and Impacts of Biofuels in Aquifer Systems.  Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology Protocols. Volume 12: Applications in Degradation - Pollution Mitigation and Waste Treatment, 12: 1-27

Yang Y., J.M. Mathieu, S. Chattopadhyay, J.T. Miller, T.Wu, T. Shibata, W. Guo and P.J.J. Alvarez (2012). Microbial Defense Mechanisms against Quantum Dots and Their Released Heavy Metals. ACS Nano. doi: 10.1021/nn3011619.


Gaspar J., J. Mathieu, Y. Yang, R. Tomson, J. Diouma Leyris, K. Gregory and P.J.J. Alvarez Microbial Dynamics and Control in Shale Oil and Gas Production. ES&T Letters. .  ES&T Letters. , (12): 465–473

Kang F., P.J.J. Alvarez, and D. Zhu (2014). Microbial EPS reduce Ag+ to silver nanoparticles and antagonize bactericidal activity. Environ. Sci. Technol. 48: 316–322.

Monzon O., Y. Yang, C. Yu, Q. Li and P.J.J. Alvarez (2014). Microbial Fuel Cells under Extreme Salinity: Performance and Microbial Analysis. Environmental Chemistry. (Submitted).

Monzon O., Y. Yang, C. Yu, Q. Li and P.J.J. Alvarez Microbial Fuel Cells under Extreme Salinity: Performance and Microbial Analysis. Environmental Chemistry. .  Environmental Chemistry, doi.org: 10.1071

Ma J., W.G. Rixey, and P.J.J. Alvarez (2013). Microbial Processes Influencing the Transport, Fate and Groundwater Impacts of Fuel Ethanol Releases. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 24:457-466.

Gomez D. and P.J.J. Alvarez (2009). Modeling the Natural attenuation of benzene in groundwater impacted by ethanol-blended fuels: effect of ethanol content on the lifespan and maximum length of benzene plumes. Wat. Resour. Res. 45,, W03409, doi: 10. 1029?2008WR007159.

Lee J., S. Mahendra, and P.J.J. Alvarez Nanomaterials in the construction industry: a review of their applications and environmental health and safety considerations. ACS Nano.  

Alvarez P.J.J., Q. Li, and J. (2010). Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment And Reuse for Developing Countries: Emerging Opportunities and Challenges. In: KC. Ribeiro, O. Garrido de Assis, L. Caparelli Mattoso, and S, Mascarenhas (eds). International Conference on Food and Agriculture Applications of Nanotechnology. FAO Nano Agri 2010, pp. 16-22.  ISBN 978-85-63274-02-4.

Nel, D. Grainger, P.J.J. Alvarez, S. Badesha, V, Castranova, M. Ferrari, H. Godwin, P. Grodzinski, J. Morris, N. Savage, N. Scott and M. Wiesner (2010). Chapter 4: Nanotechnology Environmental, Health, and Safety Issues. In: M.C. Rocco, M.A. Mirkin, and M.C. Hersam (eds). Nanotechnology Research Directions for Societal Needs in 2020, Springer, Boston and Berlin, 2010.

Qu X., J. Brame, Q. Li and P.J.J. Alvarez (2012). Nanotechnology for Safer Water Supply: Enabling Integrated Water Treatment and Reuse.  Acc. Chem. Res. 46, (3), 834-843.

Brame J., Q. Li and P.J.J. Alvarez (2011). Nanotechnology-enabled water treatment and reuse: emerging opportunities and challenges for developing countries. Trends in Food Science and Technology 22:618-624.

Xiu Z., Q. Zhang, H.L. Puppala, V.L. Colvin, and P.J.J. Alvarez (2012). Negligible Particle-Specific Antibacterial Activity of Silver Nanoparticles. Nanoletters. 12, 4271−4275.

Vega L.M., J. Mathieu, Y. Yang, B.H. Pyle, E. Valenzuela Jr, C.D. Munoz, R.J.C. McLean, and P.J.J. Alvarez (2014). Nickel or cadmium ions inhibit quorum sensing and biofilm formation without affecting viability in Burkholderia multivorans and affect other QS-influenced traits in additional proteobacteria. Int. Biodeterior. Biodegrad. (Submitted).

Corseuil H.X., D.E. Gomez, C.M. Schambeck, D. Toledo Ramos, and P.J.J. Alvarez Nitrate addition to groundwater impacted by ethanol-blended fuel mitigates metabolic flux dilution and inhibition of BTEX biodegradation caused by ethanol. .   J. Contam. Hydrol.

Corseuil H.X., D.E. Gomez, C.M. Schambeck, D. Toledo Ramos, and P.J.J. Alvarez Nitrate addition to groundwater impacted by ethanol-blended fuel mitigates metabolic flux dilution and inhibition of BTEX biodegradation caused by ethanol. .  J. Contam. Hydrol.

Ma J., H. Luo, G. E. DeVaull, W. G. Rixey, and P. J. J. Alvarez (2014). Numerical Model Investigation for Potential Methane Explosion and Benzene Vapor Intrusion Associated with High-Ethanol Blend Releases. Environ. Sci. Technol. 48 (1), 474–481.

Yi L., L. Xu, M. Rysz, Y. Wang, H. Zhang, and P.J.J. Alvarez (2011). Occurrence and transport of tetracycline, sulfonamide, quinolone and macrolide antibiotics in the Haihe River basin, China. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45 (5): 1827–1833.

Liu D., Z-M Xiu, F. Liu, G. Wu, D. Adamson, C. Newell, P. Vikesland, A-L Tsai, and P.J.J. Alvarez (2013). Perfluorooctanoic acid degradation in the presence of Fe(III) under natural sunlight J. Haz. Mat. 262: 456–463.

Illman W. and P.J.J. Alvarez (2009). Performance assessment of bioremediation and natural attenuation. Crit. Rev. Environ. Sci. Technol. 39 (4): 209-270.

Illman W. and P.J.J. Alvarez Performance assessment of bioremediation and natyural atttenuation..  Crit. Rev. Environ. Sci. Technol.In Press

Mao D., L. Yi, J. Mathieu, Q. Wang,L. Feng, Q. Mu, C. Feng, and P.J.J. Alvarez (2014). Persistence of extracellular DNA in Haihe River sediment facilitates antibiotic resistance gene propagation. Environ. Sci. Technol. 48 (1), 71–78.

Liao Y., J. Brame, W. Que, Z. Xiu, H. Xie, Q. Li, M. Fabian, and P.J.J Alvarez (2013). Photocatalytic generation of multiple ROS types using low-temperature crystallized anodic TiO2 nanotube arrays. J. Haz. Mat. 260(15): 434–441.

Brame J., S.W. Hong, J. Lee and P.J.J. Alvarez (2013). Photocatalytic pre-treatment with food-grade TiO2 increases the bioavailability and bioremediation potential of weathered oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Chemosphere 90: 2315–2319.

Lee J., Y. Mackeyev, M. Cho, D. Li, J-H. Kim, L.J. Wilson, and P.J.J. Alvarez (2009). Photochemical and Antimicrobial Properties of Novel C60 Derivatives in Aqueous Systems. Environ. Sci. Technol. 43(17):6604-6610.

Qu X., P.J.J. Alvarez and Q. Li (2013). Photochemical transformation of carboxylated multi-walled carbon nanotubes: role of reactive oxygen species. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47, 14080−14088.

Lee J., S. Hong, Y. Mackeyev, C. Lee, L.J. Wilson, J-H Kim and P.J.J. Alvarez (2011). Photosensitized Oxidation of Emerging Organic Pollutants by Tetrakis C60 Aminofullerene-Derivatized Silica under Visible Light Irradiation. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45 (24): 10598–10604.

Wang J., Y. Koo, A. Alexander, Y. Yang, S. Westerhof, Q. Zhang, J.L. Schnoor, V.. Colvin, J. Braam, and P.J.J. Alvarez(2013). Phyto-Stimulation of Poplars and Arabidopsis Exposed to Silver Nanoparticles and Ag+ at Sub-Lethal Concentrations. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47 (10): 5442–5449.

Yang, J., Zhu, M., Wang, X., Alvarez, P. J. J., & Liu, K. Poly(vinylidene fluoride) membrane supported nano zero-valent iron for metronidazole removal: Influences of calcium and bicarbonate ions. .  J. Taiwan Inst. Chem. Eng. , 49: 113-118

Zodrow K., L. Brunet, S. Mahendra, Q. Li, and P.J.J. Álvarez (2009). Polysulfone ultrafiltration membranes impregnated with silver nanoparticles show improved biofouling resistance and virus removal. Wat. Res. 43:715-723.

Stafford B., N. Capiro, P.J.J. Alvarez and W. Rixey (2009). Pore Water Characteristics Following the Release of Neat Ethanol onto Pre-existing NAPL.  Groundwater Monitoring and Remediation. 29(3): 93-104.

Jaesang Lee, Shaily Mahendra, and P.J.J. Alvarez Potential Environmental Impacts of Nanomaterials Used in the Construction Industry. Nanotechnology in Construction - 3. .  

Luo Y., S. Yu, M. Rysz, D. Mao, F. Yang, J. Hou and P.J.J Alvarez Prevalence and proliferation of antibiotic resistance genes in municipal wastewater treatment plants..  Environ. Sci. Technol.

Luo Y., S. Yu, M. Rysz, D. Mao, F. Yang, J. Hou and P.J.J Alvarez (2015). Prevalence and proliferation of antibiotic resistance genes in municipal wastewater treatment plants. Environ. Sci. Technol. (submitted). Prevalence and proliferation of antibiotic resistance genes in municipal wastewater treatment plants. .  Environ. Sci. Technol.

Yi L., F. Yang, J. Mathieu, D. Mao, W. Qing, and P.J.J Alvarez (2014). Proliferation of multidrug-resistance NDM-1 genes in municipal wastewater treatment plants in Northern China. ES&T Letters. (1), 26−30.

Vidonish J.E., K. Zygourakis, C.A. Masiello, X. Gao, J. Mathieu, and P.J.J. Alvarez Pyrolytic treatment and fertility enhancement of soils contaminated with heavy hydrocarbons..  Environ. Sci. Technol

LiM., S. Fiorenza, P. Conlon, S. Mahendra,and P.J.J. Alvarez (2011). Rapid analysis of 1, 4-dioxane in water by frozen micro-extraction with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation. 31(4):70-76.

Mathieu J.M., E.A. Alvarez and P.J.J. Alvarez (2014). Recombination-Assisted Megaprimer (RAM) Cloning..  MethodsX , 1: 23-29.

Zhang C., S. Chen, P. J. J. Alvarez and W. Chen Reduced graphene oxide enhances horseradish peroxidase stability by serving as radical scavenger and redox mediator. .  Carbon, 94: 531–538

Alvarez P.J.J. Reflecciones sobre el canal interocianico en Nicaragua: ¿Desarrollo economico verus proteccion ambiental? In: el canal interoceanico por, aportes al debate. Nicaragua Academia de Ciencias de Nicaragua. .  : 24-36

Mauter M.S., P.J.J. Alvarez, A. Burton, D C. Cafaro, W. Chen, G. Jiang, Q. Li, J. Pittock, D. Reible and J.L. Schnoor (2014). Regional variation in water-related impacts of shale gas development and implications for emerging international plays. Environ. Sci. Technol. (Submitted).

Yang Y., J. Wang, H. Zhu, Vicki L. Colvin and P.J.J. Alvarez (2012). Relative Susceptibility and Transcriptional Response of Nitrogen Cycling Bacteria to Quantum Dots. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46(6): 3433−3441.

Alvarez P.J.J., V. Colvin, J. Lead and V. Stone (2009). Research Priorities to Advance Eco-Responsible Nanotechnology. ACS Nano 3(7):1616-1619.

Huete-Pérez J., Meyer A. and P.J.J. Alvarez Respond to the Grand Canal alarm. .  Science, 347(6220): 355

Huete-Pérez J., P.J.J. Alvarez, J.L. Schnoor, B.E. Rittmann, A. Clayton, M. Acosta, C. E. Bicudo, M. Kalin Arroyo, M. Brett, V. H. Campos, H. Chaimovich, B. Jimenez-Cisneros, A. Covich, L. Lacerda, J.M. Maes, J. Miranda, S. Montenegro, M. Ortega Hegg, G. Urquhart, K. Vammen, and L. Zambrano Scientists Raise Alarms About Fast Tracking of Transoceanic Canal through Nicaragua.   Environ. Sci. Technol. , 49: 3989-3996

Kim H., Kim W., Mackeyev Y., Lee G-S., Kim H-J., Tachikawa T., Hong S. Lee S., Kim J., Wilson L., Majima T., Alvarez P.J.J., Choi W., and Lee J. (2012). Selective Oxidative Degradation of Organic Pollutants by Singlet Oxygen-Mediated Photosensitization: Tin Porphyrin versus C60 Aminofullerene Systems. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46, 9606−9613

Michels C., Y. Yang Y., M. Li, C., H. Moreira-Soares and Pedro J.J. Alvarez Silver Nanoparticles retard NO2- Production without significantly affecting N2O release by Nitrosomonas europaea. .   Biotechnol. Adv.

Michels C., Y. Yang Y., M. Li, C., H. Moreira-Soares and Pedro J.J. Alvarez Silver Nanoparticles retard NO2- Production without significantly affecting N2O release by Nitrosomonas europaea. .  Biotechnol. Adv.

Lee J., W. Song, S.S. Jang, J.D. Fortner, P.J.J. Alvarez, W.J. Cooper and J-H Kim Stability of water-stable C60 cluster (nC60) to OH radical oxidation and hydrated electron reduction. Environ. Sci. Technol.  

Fang Y-L, J.T. Miller, N. Guo, K.N. Heck, P.J.J. Alvarez, and M.S. Wong Structural analysis of palladium-decorated gold nanoparticles as colloidal bimetallic catalysts. Catalysis Today.  

Yang Y. and P.J.J. Alvarez Sub-lethal concentrations of silver nanoparticles stimulate biofilm development. .  ES&T Letters, 2: 221−226

Ma J., Y. Deng, T. Yuan, J. Zhou and P.J.J. Alvarez (2015). Succession of microbial functional communities in response to a pilot-scale ethanol-blended fuel release throughout the plume life cycle. .  Environmental Pollution.

Ma J., Y. Deng, T. Yuan, J. Zhou and P.J.J. Alvarez Succession of microbial functional communities in response to a pilot-scale ethanol-blended fuel release throughout the plume life cycle. .  Environmental Pollution.

Chaves Nogueira M.R., T. Grando Rauen1,2, V. Zanon Baldissarelli, A. Kamal Genena, H.J. José, P.J.J. Alvarez, and R.F.P. Muniz Moreira Sulfamethoxazole oxidation and detoxification by ozonation with iron oxide nanocatalysts: A comparison between industrial waste-recovered and commercial catalytic nanoparticles..  J. Haz. Mat.

Chaves Nogueira M.R., T. Grando Rauen1,2, V. Zanon Baldissarelli, A. Kamal Genena, H.J. José, P.J.J. Alvarez, and R.F.P. Muniz Moreira Sulfamethoxazole oxidation and detoxification by ozonation with iron oxide nanocatalysts: A comparison between industrial waste-recovered and commercial catalytic nanoparticles..   J. Haz. Mat.

Wang X., L. Le, P.J.J. Alvarez, F, Li and K. Liu Synthesis and characterization of green agents coated Pd/Fe bimetallic nanoparticles. .  J. Taiwan Inst. Chem. Eng. , 50: 297-305

Toledo D., M.L.B. da Silva, C.W. Nossa, P.J.J. Alvarez and H.X. Corseuil (2014). Syntrophic microbial communities associated with fermentative-methanogenic biodegradation of aromatic hydrocarbons in groundwater contaminated with a biodiesel blend (B20). Biodegradation. (Submitted).

Rysz M., W. Mansfield and P.J.J. Alvarez (2013). Tetracycline Resistance Gene Maintenance under varying Bacterial Growth Rate, Substrate And Oxygen Availability, and Tetracycline Concentration. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44(19): 7220–7225.

Alvarez P.J.J. , J.G. Burken, J. D. Coan, M. E. Dias de Oliveira, R. Dominguez-Faus, D. E. Gomez, A.M. Jaffe, K. B. Medlock III, S. E. Powers, R. Soligo, L. A. Smulcer The Fundamentals of a Sustainable U.S. Biofuels Policy, Research Paper, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University.  

 Li. M., J. Mathieu, Y. Liu, E.T. Van Orden, Y. Yang, S. Fiorenza, and P.J.J. Alvarez (2014). The abundance of tetrahydrofuran/dioxane monooxygenase genes (thmA/dxmA) and 1,4-dioxane degradation activity are significantly correlated at various impacted aquifers. ES&T Letters. (1), 122-127.

Powers S.E., Dominguez R., and P.J.J. Alvarez The water footprint of biofuel production in the USA. Biofuels.  

Dominguez R., S.E. Powers, J.G. Burken and P.J.J. Alvarez (2009). The water footprint of biofuels: a drink or drive issue? Environ. Sci. Technol. 43 (9), 3005-3010.

20. Brame J., M. Long, Y. Mackayev, L.J. Wilson, Q. Li and, P.J.J. Alvarez (2014). Trading power for efficiency: differential inhibition of photo-generated hydroxyl radicals versus singlet oxygen..  Wat. Res. , 60: 259-266

Zhai G., K.S. Walters, D.W. Peate, P.J.J. Alvarez, and J.L. Schnoor (2014). Transport of gold nanoparticles through the plasmodesmata and precipitation of gold ions in leaf cells of whole poplars. ES&T Letters 1(2):146–151

Yi L., M. Daqing, M. Rysz, Z. Hongjie, X. Lin, and P.J.J. Alvarez Trends in antibiotic resistance genes occurrence in the Haihe River, China. Environ. Sci. Technol.  

Qu X., Y-S Hwang, P.J.J. Alvarez, D. Bouchard and Q. Li UV Irradiation and humic acid mediate aggregation of aqueous fullerene (nC60) nanoparticles. Environ. Sci. Technol.  

Durnin G. J. Clomburg, Z. Yeates, P.J.J. Alvarez, K. Zygourakis,  P. Campbell, and R. Gonzalez (2009). Understanding and Harnessing the Microaerobic Metabolism of Glycerol in Escherichia coli. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 103(1) 148-161.

 

 

Wang J., Y. Yang, H. Zhu, J. Braam, J.L. Schnoor and P.J.J. Alvarez (2014). Uptake, translocation and transformation of quantum dots with cationic versus anionic coatings by poplar trees..  Environ. Sci. Technol., 48(12): 6754–6762

Yoo H-Y, S. Yan, D. Jeon, Y. Mackeyev, Y-Y Ahn, H-J Kim, L. J. Wilson, P.J.J. Alvarez, Y. Lee, W. Song, J. Kim, and J. Lee Visible light sensitized degradation of microcystins by tin porphyrin derivatized silica: Evidence for a non singlet oxygen mechanism. .  Environ. Sci. Technol.

Yoo H-Y, S. Yan, D. Jeon, Y. Mackeyev, Y-Y Ahn, H-J Kim, L. J. Wilson, P.J.J. Alvarez, Y. Lee, W. Song, J. Kim, and J. Lee Visible light sensitized degradation of microcystins by tin porphyrin derivatized silica: Evidence for a non singlet oxygen mechanism. .  Environ. Sci. Technol.

Cho M., J, Lee, Y. Mackeyev, L.J. Wilson, P.J.J. Alvarez, J.B. Hughes and J-H. Kim Visible light sensitized inactivation of MS-2 bacteriophage by novel amine-functionalized C60 derivative. Environ. Sci. Technol.  

Brame J., V. Fattori, R. Clarke, Y. Mackeyev, L. J. Wilson, Q. Li and P.J.J. Alvarez (2014). Water disinfection using nanotechnology for safer irrigation: A demonstration project in Swaziland. Environmental Engineer and Scientist: Applied Research and Practice. 50(2):40-46.

Li.M., J. Mathieu , Y. Yang. S. Fiorenza, Y. Deng, Z. He, J. Zhou and P.J.J. Alvarez (2013). Widespread Distribution of Soluble Di-iron Monooxygenase (SDIMO) Genes in Arctic Groundwater Impacted by 1,4-Dioxane. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47: 9950–9958.

Huete-Perez J. A., J.G. Tundisi, and P.J.J. Alvarez (2013). Will Nicaragua’s interoceanic canal result in an environmental catastrophe for Central America? Environ. Sci. Technol. 2013, 47 (23): 13217–13219.

Sutton, B. and P.J.J. Alvarez RDX degradation by Shewanella algae BrY and its biogenic iron mineral.   2004 MayIn Press

Shrout, J.S., P. Larese-Casanova, M.M. Scherer, and P.J.J. Alvarez Sustained RDX degradation in bioaugmented, simulated fe(0) permeable reactive barriers..   2004 MayIn Press

DaSilva, Marcio L.B., D.Y. Lyon, and P.J.J. Alvarez Bioremediation: From Microscopic Observations to Macroscopic Implications..   2004 AugIn Press

Rysz M. and P.J.J. Alvarez Amplification and Attenuation of Tetracycline Resistance in Soil Bacteria: Aquifer Column Experiments.  Wat. Res., 38 2004: 3705-3712

Alvarez P.J.J. and W. Illman Bioremediation and Natural Attenuation of Groundwater Contaminants: Process Fundamentals and Mathematical Models.   2004Submitted

Kamath R., J.L. Schnoor, and P.J.J. Alvarez Effect of root-derived substrates on the expression of nah-lux genes in Pseudomonas fluorescens HK44 implications for PAH biodegradation in the rhizosphere.  Environ. Sci. Technol., 38 2004: 1740-1745

Kamath R., J.L. Schnoor, and P.J.J. Alvarez Effect of simulated rhizodeposition on the fate of phenanthrene in aged contaminated soils.  Environ. Sci. Technol. 2004Submitted

Da Silva M.L.B. and P.J.J. Alvarez Enhanced anaerobic biodegradation of BTEX-ethanol mixtures in bioaugmented aquifer columns.  Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 70(8) 2004: 4720-4726

Shrout J.D., L.A. Sherburne and P.J.J. Alvarez Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) degradation by Acetobacterium paludosum.  Bioremediation 2004In Press

Ginner J.L., P.J.J. Alvarez, S.L. Smith, and M.M. Scherer Nitrate and Nitrite Reduction by Fe^0 Influence of Mass Transport, temperature, pH, and Denitrifying Microbes.  Environ. Eng. Sci., 21(2) 2004: 219-229

J. Melendez-Estrada, M.A. Amezcua-Allieri, P.J.J. Alvarez and R. Rodriguez-Vazquez Phenanthrene removal by Penicillium frequentans grown on a solid-state culture: effect of oxygen concentration.  Environmental Technology 2004Submitted

Kamath R., J. Rentz, J.L. Schnoor, and P.J.J. Alvarez (2004). Phytoremediation of hydrocarbon-cobtaminated soils: principles and applications. In: R. Vazquez-Duhalt and R. Quintero-Ramirez (Eds.). Petroleum Biotechnology, 151. Elsevier, ISBN: 0-444-51699-9.

Oh B-T and P.J.J. Alvarez Removal of explosives using an integrated Fe^0-microbial treatment in flow-through columns.  Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 73 2004: 1-8

Rentz J.A., P.J.J. Alvarez, and J.L. Schnoor Repression of Pseudomonas putida phenanthrene degrading activity by plant root extracts.  Environmental Microbiology, 6(6) 2004: 574-583In Press

Rentz J.A., P.J.J. Alvarez, and J.L. Schnoor Salicylate induced benzo[a]pyrene co-metabolixm by Sphingomonas yanoikuyae JAR02.  Environmental Microbiology 2004Submitted

Shrout, J., P. Larese-Casanova, M.M. Scherer and P.J.J. Alvarez Sustained 1,3,5 Hexahydro- 1,3,5-triazine (RDX) degradation in zero-valent iron simulated barriers under different microbial conditions..  Environmental Pollution 2004Submitted

Fang J., N. Lovanh, and P.J.J. Alvarez The Use of Isotopic and Lipid Analysis Techniques linking Toluene Degradation to Specific Microorganisms: Applications and Limitations.  Wat. Res. 2004In Press

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Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment
George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Director
Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment

  • B. Eng Civil Engineering (1982) McGill University
  • M.S.E. Environmental Engineering (1989) University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering (1992) University of Michigan
  • Certification Hazardous Waste Management (1988) University of California
  • Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering
  • Prof. Alvarez’s research focuses on environmental sustainability through bioremediation of contaminated aquifers, fate and transport of toxic chemicals, water footprint of biofuels, microbial-plant interactions, water treatment and reuse, and environmental implications and applications of nanotechnology.
Email: alvarez@rice.edu
Phone: 713-348-5903
Office: MECHANICAL LABORATORY, 262