Joel A Pedersen
1525 Observatory Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Ph: (608) 263-4971
Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Pedersen research group studies physicochemical and biophysical processes affecting the behavior of nanoparticles, biomolecules, and organic contaminants in terrestrial and aquatic environments. The group’s research emphasizes mechanistic studies of the interaction of these contaminants at environmental interfaces. Current research topics include molecular scale interactions of engineered nanoparticles with biomolecules and cell surfaces, transformation of nanomaterials in the environment, the processes governing the environmental transmission of prion diseases, and the uptake of polar and ionizable organic contaminants (particularly pharmaceuticals and personal care product ingredients) by plants.