Principle Investigator

Dr. Wenqing (Vicky) Xu

Wenqing received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering (2007) from Nankai University, M.S. in Environmental Engineering (2009) from Johns Hopkins University, and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Yale University (2014). Her areas of expertise include water and wastewater treatment, soil and groundwater remediation, and contaminants fate and transport.

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Current Students

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Postdoctoral Researcher

Sushobhan Pradhan 
Sushobhan received his bachelor's degree (B. Tech.) in Chemical Engineering from Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology (IGIT), Sarang, India, in Spring 2014. Later, he completed his master's degree (M. Tech.) from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, India, in Summer 2016, in Chemical Engineering with 'Petroleum Science and Technology' specialization. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, USA, in Summer 2021. His primary research interests include surface chemistry, polymer technology, enhanced oil recovery (EOR), and bubble nucleation. He plays badminton, bowling, and tennis in his leisure time to maintain his athleticism.  

Ph.D. Student

Han Cao (
Han received a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (2014) and a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology (2018). He joined the group in Fall 2019 and his current project is mainly focused on surface chemistry in environmental contaminant remediation.  


Ph.D. Student

Pamela Rose V. Samonte (

Pamela received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (2017) from McGill University in Montréal, Canada. She finished an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at Villanova University in 2019. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. studies at the Villanova College of Engineering. She joined the group in Spring 2018. Her current project focuses on enzymatic applications with pyrogenic carbonaceous matter for environmental remediation. In her spare time, Pamela enjoys singing, playing the guitar and piano, and embroidery.

Ph.D. Student

Nourin Seenthia (

Nourin received her B.S degree in Water Resources Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) in 2017. After coming to the US in 2018, she started working as a chemist in a pharmaceutical laboratory in New York. She joined the group in Summer 2021 and is currently pursuing PhD in Environmental Engineering at Villanova University. Her current work focuses on analyzing pyrogenic carbonaceous matter that simultaneously adsorb and transform legacy and insensitive high explosives (IHE). She loves to do free hand sketching. She is a writer by passion and interested in different activities related to the literature. 


Master's Student

Mackenzie Bowden (

Mackenzie received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Villanova in 2018 and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Sustainable Engineering. She joined the group in 2020 after returning from a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Indonesia. Her current work focuses on analyzing the efficiency of pyrogenic carbonaceous materials in hydrolyzing munitions constituent residues at environmentally-relevant pH. 

Group Alumni

Mark Segall, postdoctoral researcher, Villanova University

  • postdoctoral researcher, 2019

Hanqing Zhao, Ph.D student, University Science and Technology of China

  • Visiting Scholar, 2018

Minh Dang, undergraduate student, Villanova University

  • Undergraduate Researcher, 2018

Xiaolei Xu, master student, Villanova University

  • Graduate Researcher, 2018

Ting Chen, postdoctoral researcher, Guangdong GDH Water Company LLC., China 

  • Visiting Scholar, 2016

Cecily Wang, master student, Stanford University 

  • Undergraduate Researcher, 2016

Michael Caggiano, undergraduate student, Villanova University 

  • Undergraduate Researcher, 2016

Zhao Li, Ph.D student, Villanova University

  • Graduate researcher, 2016

Kai Ding, Ph.D student, Villanova University 

  • Graduate Researcher, 2015

Cory Byrnes, master student, Villanova University 

  • Undergraduate Researcher, 2015

Vincent Martino, master student, Marquette University 

  • Undergraduate Researcher, 2015