Valentina Prigiobbe

Assistant Professor

School: School of Engineering and Science

Department: Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

Building: Nicoll Laboratory

Room: 105

Phone: (201) 216-5310

Fax: (201) 216-8303



  • PhD (2010) ETH Zurich (Mechanical and Process Engineering)
  • PhD (2004) University of Rome Tor Vergata (Environmental Engineering)
  • MS (2000) (Laurea with Honors, Bachelor + Master) University of Rome Tor Vergata (Engineering for the Environment and the Territory)

- CO2 mineralization.
- Crystallization.
- Flow and transport in reactive porous media.
- Foam.
- Groundwater modeling.
- Mathematical modeling.

Institutional Service
  • Intellectual Property Advisory Committee Member
  • CEOE Strategic plan committee Member
Professional Service
  • Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) Reviewer

2015-current. Assistant Professor in Tenure-Track, Stevens Institute of Technology.

2014. Associate Researcher, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin.

2010-2013. Post-doc, Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin.

2010. Visiting Scholar, Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University.

2003. Visiting Scholar, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology - EAWAG.

2001-2004. Visiting Scholar, Water Research Institute (IRSA)-CNR.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2018 Advisor for the Summer Fellowship on: "Studying nanoparticle-stabilized foam generation using a porous medium chip".

2017-2019 Advisor for the Doctoral Fellowship on: "Smart foams for contaminated soil remediation".

Professional Societies
  • InterPore Member
  • ACS – American Chemical Society Member
  • AGU – American Geophysical Society Member
  • AEESP – Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Member
Patents and Inventions

Prigiobbe, V., Meng, X. (2015). Reactive propping agent to immobilize heavy metals and radionuclides in the subsurface during hydraulic fracturing. Invention Disclosure ID: FY16-002.2.

Prigiobbe, V., Li, Q. (2017). Functionalized nanoparticle-stabilized foam for contaminated site remediation. Invention Disclosure ID: FY18-030.

Selected Publications
  1. Huh, C.; Daigle, H.; Prigiobbe, V.; Prodanovic, M. (2019). Practical Nanotechnology for Petroleum Engineers. CRC Press.
Book Chapter
  1. Ye, Z.; Prigiobbe, V. (2021). Transport of Earth Alkaline Elements in Produced Water through Reactive Porous Media (Invited and peer-reviewed). Solid-Liquid Separation Technologies: Applications for Produced Water. Ogunsola, O. and Gamwo, I (eds.).. CRC Press.
Journal Article
  1. Zhang, D.; Liu, T.; Prigiobbe, V. (2022). Enhanced solute transport in porous media due to pH-dependent adsorption and transverse dispersion. Advances in Water Resources.
  2. Su, X.; Belvedere, P.; Tosco, T.; Prigiobbe, V. (2022). Studying the effect of sea level rise on nuisance flooding due to groundwater in coastal urban areas with aging infrastructure . Urban Climate. Elsevier.
  3. Prigiobbe, V.; Dawson, C.; Hu, Y.; Sharif, H. O.; Tahlvidari, N. (2022). Editorial: Coastal flooding: modeling, monitoring, and protection systems. Frontiers in Climate. Hoboken.
  4. Zhang, D.; Prigiobbe, V. (2022). Influence of salinity change on the transport behaviour of Escherichia coli through quartz sand. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.
  5. Li, Q.; Prigiobbe, V. (2021). Measuring and modeling nanoparticle transport by foam in porous media. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology (vol. 243, pp. 103881).
  6. Liu, T.; Jagupilla, S.; Martinez-Marquez, J.; Prigiobbe, V. (2021). Combining a statistical model with machine learning to predict groundwater flooding (or infiltration) into sewer networks. Journal of Hydrology. Elsevier.
  7. Zhang, D.; Li, Q.; Prigiobbe, V. (2021). Population balance modeling of homogeneous viral aggregation. Chemical Engineering Science (pp. 117035). Elsevier BV.
  8. Shi, Q.; Meng, X.; Prigiobbe, V. (2020). Mechanistic Study of Radium Adsorption onto Goethite. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (1 ed., vol. 124, pp. 805-814). American Chemical Society (ACS).
  9. Ye, Z.; Prigiobbe, V. (2020). Transport of produced water through reactive porous media. Water Research (vol. 185, pp. 116258). Elsevier BV.
  10. Su, X.; Liu, T.; Beheshti, M.; Prigiobbe, V. (2020). Relationship between infiltration, sewer rehabilitation, and groundwater flooding in coastal urban areas. Environmental Science and Pollution Research (13 ed., vol. 27, pp. 14288-14298). Springer Science and Business Media LLC.
  11. Li, Q.; Prigiobbe, V. (2020). Studying the generation of foam in the presence of nanoparticles using a microfluidic system. Chemical Engineering Science (vol. 215, pp. 115427). Elsevier BV.
  12. Ye, Z.; Abraham, J.; Christodoulatos, C.; Prigiobbe, V. (2019). Mineral Carbonation for Carbon Utilization in Microalgae Culture. Energy & Fuels (9 ed., vol. 33, pp. 8843-8851). American Chemical Society (ACS).
  13. Zhang, D.; Zabarankin, M.; Prigiobbe, V. (2019). Modeling salinity-dependent transport of viruses in porous media. Advances in Water Resources (vol. 127, pp. 252-263).
  14. Li, Q.; Prigiobbe, V. (2019). Modeling Nanoparticle Transport in Porous Media in the Presence of a Foam. Transport in porous media (pp. 1-20). Springer.
  15. Liu, T.; Su, X.; Prigiobbe, V. (2018). Groundwater-sewer interaction in urban coastal areas. Water (12 ed., vol. 10, pp. 1774). mdpi.
  16. Shi, Q.; Sterbinsky, G. E.; Prigiobbe, V.; Meng, X. (2018). Mechanistic Study of Lead Adsorption on Activated Carbon. Langmuir (45 ed., vol. 34, pp. 13565-13573).
Technical Report
  1. Zhang, D.; Prigiobbe, V.. Studying the effect of salinity and tide on the fecal bacteria transport within Hudson River Estuary sediments. In S.H. Fernald, D.J. Yozzo and H. Andreyko (eds.), Final Reports of the Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship Program, 2019. ( Section VIII ed., pp. 1-24). New York: Hudson River Foundation.

EN 571 Physicochemical Processes for Environmental Control

EN 686 Groundwater Hydrology and Pollution

CE 483 Geotechnical Engineering