Vinka Oyanedel-Craver

Vinka Craver

  • Associate Professor
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Phone: 401.874.2784
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  • Mailing Address: 203 Bliss Hall
    1 Lippitt Road
    Kingston, RI 02881
  • Office: 213 Bliss Hall


Dr. Craver’s research focuses on chemical and biological processes related to sustainable water and wastewater purification and the fate, transport, and containment of existing and emerging pollutants in environmental systems. These areas are extremely important considering the need of highly efficient technologies capable to ensure economic, energetic and environmental sustainability of water and wastewater treatment systems and the continuous production and utilization of new xenobiotic compounds products, their imminent release in the environment and their potential negative effects in the ecosystem and human health.

In this context, Dr. Craver’s research efforts can be grouped in three main areas:

  • novel wastewater purification technologies and management systems
  • engineering properties of organoclays for pollutant removal, containment, and prevention
  • sustainable water and wastewater treatment technologies for developing global communities

To foster research in delivering safe water, Professor Craver oversees the Sustainable & Environmental Technologies Laboratory.


  • Ph.D. 2002, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
  • M.S. 2000, Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso (Chile)
  • B.S. 1998, Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso (Chile)


H. Zhang, V. Oyanedel-Craver. (2013). Comparison of the bacterial removal performance of silver nanoparticles and a polymer based quaternary amine functionalized silsesquioxane coated point-of-use ceramic water filters. Journal of Hazardous Materials, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2013.05.025.

J. Rayner, H. Zhang, J. Schubert, P. Lennon, D. Lantagne, and V. Oyanedel-Craver (2013) Laboratory investigation into the effect of silver application on the bacterial removal efficacy of filter material for use on locally produced ceramic water filters for household drinking water treatment. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. 1(7), 738-745

H. Zhang, J.A. Smith and V. Oyanedel-Craver (2012) The effect of natural water conditions on the antibacterial performance and stability of silver nanoparticls capped with different polymers. Wat. Res. 46(3), 691-699

H. Zhang and V. Oyanedel-Craver (2012) Evaluation of the disinfectant performance of silver nanoparticles in different water chemistry conditions. J. Environ. Eng. 138(1), 58-66

E. Kallman, V. Oyanedel-Craver, and J.A. Smith (2011) Ceramic filters impregnated with silver nanoparticles for point-of-use water treatment in rural Guatemala. J. Environ. Eng. 137(6), 407-415

V.K. Kasaraneni, S.E. Khom, D. Eberle, T.B. Boving and V. Oyanedel-Craver (2012): Enhanced Containment of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) through Organic Modification of Soils. J. Environ. Prog. Sust. Energy. DOI 10.1002/ep.11749

E. Fauss, R. MacCuspie, V. Oyanedel-Craver, J.A. Smith and N. S. Swami (2013) Effect of surface functionalization and water chemistry on the disinfection action of size-scaled silver nanoparticles. Colloids & Surfaces B – Biointerfaces. DOI:10.1016/jcolsurf.2013.07.014

Miller, S., Fugate, E., Oyanedel-Craver, V., Smith, J. A., & Zimmerman, J. B. (2008). Toward understanding the efficacy and mechanism of Opuntia spp. as natural coagulants for potential application in water treatment. Environ. Sci. Technol, 42, 4274-4279.

V. Oyanedel-Craver, V. Lazarova, J.M. Garrido and R. Mendez (2009) Comparative study between a hybrid and a biofilm system for the treatment of highly loaded wastewaters. J. Environ. Eng. 135 (5) 351-358

V. Oyanedel-Craver, and J.A. Smith (2008) Sustainable colloidal-silver-impregnated ceramic filter for point-of-use water treatment. Environ. Sci. Technol. 42, 927-937