Krishna Pagilla

Ralph E. and Rose A. Hoeper Foundation Professor and Chair
Krishna Pagilla
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Prospective graduate students

I am seeking Ph.D. level students interested in water reclamation and reuse, with specific focus on potable reuse.

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Research interests

  • Water reuse
  • Water reclamation
  • Water-economy nexus
  • Microbial ecology
  • Resource recovery
  • Bioenergy

Selected publications

  1.  Cornejo, P.K., Becker, J., Pagilla, K., Mo, W., Zhang, Q, Mihelcic, J., Chandran, K., Sturm, B., Yeh, D., Rosso, D. (2019) Sustainability Metrics for Assessing Water Resource Recovery Facilities of the Future, Water Env. Res., 91, 45-53.
  2. Law, K. and Pagilla, K.R. (2018) Phosphorus Recovery by Methods Beyond Struvite Precipitation, Water Env. Res., 90, 840-850.
  3. Haak, L., Sundaram, V., and Pagilla, K.R. (2018) Sustainability Assessment for Indirect Potable: A Case Study from Reno, Nevada, Water Env. Res., 90, 748-760.
  4. Li, L. and Pagilla, K.R. (2017) Biomass Density-Function Relationships in Suspended Growth Biological Processes – A Critical Review, Water Research, 111, 274-287.
  5. Roy, R., Haak, L., Li, L., and Pagilla, K.R. (2016) Anaerobic Digestion for Solids Reduction and Detoxification of Refinery Wastes, Process Biochemistry, 51, 1552-1560.
  6. Haak, L., Roy, R., and Pagilla, K.R. (2016) Biochemical Methane Potential and Toxicity of Raw and Pre-treated Refinery Sludge for Anaerobic Digestion, Chemosphere, 144, 1170-1176.
  7. Kunkel, S., Pagilla, K.R., and Stark, B. (2015) Directed Evolution to Produce Sludge Communities with Increased Oxygen Uptake Abilities, Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol., 99(24), 10725-10734.

Courses taught

  • Water reclamation process design
  • Biological processes for water/wastewater treatment
  • Environmental microbiology