Chad Jafvert

Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering and Professor of Environmental and Ecological Engineering
(765) 494-2196


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, 1985
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, 1982
  • B.S., Biochemistry, Iowa State University, 1979

Research Summary

Dr. Jafvert's research areas include: chemical distribution and speciation in engineered and natural systems; environmental photochemistry; environmental monitoring and assessment; fate of nanomaterials in the environment; sediment remediation; and chlorine chemistry.

Selected Publications

  • Zhao, Yingcan, Chad T. Jafvert, “Environmental Photochemistry of Single Layered Graphene Oxide in Water”, Environmental Science: Nano, DOI: 10.1039/C4EN00209A, 2:136-142, 2015.
    Article was featured on the cover page of the journal, including the cover page artwork.
  • Hsieh, Hsin-Se, Chad T. Jafvert, “Reactive Oxygen Species Generation and Dispersant-Dependent Electron Transfer through Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Water”, Carbon, 89:361-371, 2015.
  •  Zhu, Tengyi, Chad T. Jafvert, Dafang Fu, Yue Hu, “A Novel Method for Measuring Polymer-Water Partition Coefficients of Hydrophobic Organic Compounds”, Chemosphere, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.12.040, corrected proofs available online, Jan, 2015.

Awards and Honors

  • AEESP Fellow, 2022
  • AAEES Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Education Award, 2022
  • Exceptional Teaching and Instructional Support During COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020 - 2021
  • Outstanding Engineering Faculty Mentor Award, 2019 - 2020
  • Inducted, Book of Great Teachers, 2018 - 2019
  • Purdue University Teaching Academy Fellow, 2017 - 2018
  • SEEE Award for Instructional Excellence, 2016 - 2017
  • AEESP Outstanding Publication Award, 2016 - 2017