Current members of the Environmental Nanoscience group are listed below. Please see the Alumni page for former group members.


Michael F. Hochella, Jr

University Distiguished Professor, Geosciences


Ph.D. Stanford University, '81

M.S. Virginia Tech, '77

B.S. Virginia Tech, '75

Office: 5049 Derring Hall

Phone: 540-231-6227

Fax: 540-231-3386

hochella(at)vt.edu


Mitsuhiro Murayama

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering


Ph.D. University of Tohoku, Japan, '96

M.S. University of Tohoku, Japan, '93 

B.S. University of Tohoku, Japan, '91 


Office 1: 134 Randolf Hall

Office 2: 2009 NCFL (CRC) 

Phone: 540-213-9470 

murayama(at)vt.edu


F. Marc Michel

Assistant Professor, Geosciences


Ph.D. Stony Brook University, '07 

B.A. Colgate University, '98 


Office: 3061C/D Derring Hall

Phone: 540-231-3299 

Fax: 540-231-3386

mfrede2(at)vt.edu


Jie Xu

Research Scientist, Geosciences


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin - Madison, '11

B.S. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, '05

Office: 5086 Derring Hall   

Phone: 540-231-3058  

jie7(at)vt.edu


James Dale

Ph.D. Candidate, Geosciences


B.S. Chapman University, '08 

Office: 227 Kelly Hall 

Phone: 540-231-8585 

jgdale(at)vt.edu


Michel Vargas

Ph.D. Student, Materials Science and Engineering


B.S. Escuela Politecnica Nacional, Ecuador, '07 


Office: ICTAS-NCFL 2012-6B 

Phone: 540-505-6412 

mvargas1(at)vt.edu


Sarah Ulrich

Ph.D. Student, Geosciences


B.S. University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire '11


Office: Derring Hall 5086 

Phone: 540-231-xxxx 

ulrichsa(at)vt.edu


Ya-Peng Yu

Graduate Student, Materials Science and Engineering


Office: ICTAS-NCFL  

Phone: 

pengs320(at)vt.edu


Rui Serra Maia

Ph.D. Student, Geosciences


M.S. University of Porto/King's College London/Ecole Centrale Paris, '13

B.S. University of Porto, '11


Office: Derring Hall 5050

Phone: 571-388-0160 

ruism002(at)vt.edu


Alexandria (Aly) Hoeher

Ph.D. Student, Geosciences


M.S. Miami University, '15

B.S. SUNY Brockport, '13  


Office: Derring Hall 5086  

Phone: 540-231-xxxx 

ahoeher(at)vt.edu