Gund Fellow, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Appala Raju Badireddy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Materials Science, where he maintains an active research program in Water Treatment and Environmental Nanotechnology. He is an environmental engineer, with expertise in nanotechnology-enabled water treatment and nutrient recovery,  sensors for environmental monitoring, novel membrane processes, fate and transport of emerging contaminants, environmental viruses and biofilms, and engineered nanomaterials for environmental and biomedical applications.

Dr. Badireddy continues to supervise post-doctoral, graduate, undergraduate, and local high school student researchers. He teaches environmental chemodynamics, physical and chemical processes in water and wastewater treatment systems, and water and wastewater engineering at UVM. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals and two book chapters in the past 20 years. His latest projects include studies on environmental dynamics of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), advanced membranes for nutrient recovery and PFAS remediation, forward osmosis for water reuse, impacts of fracking fluids on subsurface biofilms, green disinfection strategies for waterborne pathogens, and microsensors for nutrients and contaminant monitoring in the environment.


  • Shen, Y. and Badireddy, A.R., (2019) “Spectral fingerprinting of Escherichia coli C and Micrococcus luteus biofilms using enhanced darkfield hyperspectral imaging (ED-HSI) microscopy,” ACS Book chapter: Introduction to Biofilm Engineering
  • Wang, Y.F., Fu, W.Y., Shen, Y., Badireddy, A.R., Zhang, W., Huang, H., " Hyperspectral Imaging Microscopy of Acetaminophen Adsorbed on Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes," Langmuir, (2018), 34 (44), 13210-13218.
  • Li, Y., Kuang, L., Xiao, D., Badireddy, A.R., Hu, M., Zhuang, S., Wang, X., Lee, E.S., Zhang, W., “Hydrogen Production from Organic Fatty Acids using Carbon-Doped TiO2Nanoparticles under Visible Light Irradiation,” International Journal of Energy Research, (2018), 43(9), 4335-4346.
  • Baltus, R.E., Badireddy, A.R., Delavari, A., Chellam, S., “Free Diffusivity of Icosahedral and Tailed Bacteriophages: Experiments, Modeling, and Implications for Virus Behavior in Media Filtration and Flocculation”, Environmental Science and Technology, (2017), 51 (3), p1433-1440
  • Cogan, N.G., Li, J., Badireddy, A.R., Chellam, S., “Optimal Backwashing in Dead-End Bacterial Microfiltration with Irreversible Attachment Mediated by Extracellular Polymeric Substances Production”, Journal of Membrane Science, (2016), 520, p337-344

Associations and Affiliations

  • Association of Environmental Engineers and Science Professors (AEESP)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Water Environment Federation (WEF)
  • Sustainability Faculty Fellow
Gund Affiliate Raju Badireddy

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Water Security, Soil Health, Emerging Contaminants, Separation Processes, Micro-Sensors, Environmental Nanotechnology


  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of Houston
  • M. Tech, Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras
  • B. Tech, Chemical Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University


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