Papers, Speaking Events, Book Chapters, and News

Selected News, Publications and Presentations



April 2024 – Pitt’s Sustainable Design Lab is developing novel materials to combat global water pollution issues


April 2024 – Fayette wins partnership award with Pitt University

                                                                                                                                                                      August 2023 – Pittsburgh Post – Gazette Article on Happiness and Human Flourishing Class


July 2023 – Sanchez Paying it Forward


June 2023 – Inside Higher Ed; Happiness and Human Flourishing Course


April 2023 – Learning from Three Outstanding Engineering Educators


January 2023 – The Pitt News on Pitt Hydroponics


August 2022 – Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering & Science Award


March 2022 – Pitt Seed Award Funding; University-Wide Innovation Distinction 


March 2021 – Material to be used in space for bioelectrochemical 


2021 – Soska Wilds Outreach and Engagement Leadership Award


March 2020 – Pitt Chancellor Awards – David Sanchez receives Chancellor Distinguished Teaching Award


March 2020 – David Sanchez Honorable Mention for Carnegie Science Award


February 2020 – Pitt News Article about Homewood Hydroponics


January 2020 – Sustainable America feature on Pitt Hydroponics as Community Changemakers


December 2019 – Pittwire featuring our Pitt Hydroponics and Sustainability programs


September 2019 – Battling BPA with Biofilms – Sanchez Labs receives $420K grant from National Science Foundation 

September 2019 – Sustainability Capstone Project for Millie’s Ice Cream becomes a reality! 


August 2019 –  Makerspaces and Mindsets Bootcamp Directed by David Sanchez


August 2019 – Mason Unger is profiled for his work on Recirculating Aquaculture Systems

July 2019 – Profile of Undergraduate Summer Research Program Directed by David Sanchez


March 2019 – Sustainable Design Labs given honorable mention for Senior Vice Chancellor Community Engagement Awards 


 July 2018 – Brandon and Dan recognized for their fast growing startup “Four Growers” that builds tomato harvesting robots

May 2018 – Sanchez Awarded University of Pittsburgh Sustainability Faculty Award


February 2018 – Introducing Master’s Sustainable Engineering Program Directed by David Sanchez 


January 2018 – Inspire Next Generation of Green Engineers


January 2018 – Emily Klonicki Helps NASA Thwart Microbial Hitchhikers on Future Mars Missions


January 2018 Constellation Energy Inventor Labs looks to inspire the next Generation of Engineers

June 6, 2016 Sanchez honored with Energy Leadership Award from the Pittsburgh Business Times

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 Pitt News


 Pitt News – De Nora Pitch Competition


May 2016 – Constellation Energy Inventor Labs 


Tobey, D., Kerzmann, T., Kerestes, R., Sanchez, D. – Agrivoltaics: A Team-Based Analysis of Solar Energy and Agricultural Modeling – American Society of Engineering Education Morgantown, WV March 2023 – Best Student Paper Award

Kotchey, G.P., Sanchez, D.V.P., Inducing Nanobubble Collapse Via Dynamic Stimuli to Generate OH for Contaminant Degradation AIChE November 2022. Phoenix, AZ


Nawaz H, Ibrahim M, Mahmood A, Kotchey GP, Sanchez DVP. An efficient synthesis and characterization of La@MOF-808: A promising strategy for effective arsenic ion removal from water. Heliyon. 2023:e21572. doi:

Chouinard, C., Klonicki, E., Kotchey, G.P., Fang, K. Hong, S.K., Sanchez, D.V.P., Graphene Nanoplatelets in Bio-electrochemical Systems 2020 Borchardt Conference Ann Arbor MI February  2020

Johnson, C., Sanchez, D.V.P., Identifying the Capability of Real-time Water Quality Sensor Networks Borchardt Conference  Ann Arbor MI February  2020

Sanchez, D.V.P., Life Cycle and Legacy in Our Water MIT Water Summit (invited), Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Boston, MA November , 2019


Sanchez, D.V.P., Zappitelli, J. Triangulating Historical, Real-time, and Environmental Grab Sample Data to Track River Water Quality in the Western PA Rivershed Computational Sustainability Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh PA October 2019


Sanchez, D.V.P., Sustainability and Sensors Illinois Institute of Technology Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering Graduate Seminar (invited) Chicago, IL January, 2018


Sanchez, D.V.P., Smarter Riversheds: sensing to identify water quality trends in real-time Carnegie Mellon University Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar (invited) Pittsburgh PA October, 2017


Zappitelli, J., Ference, C., Sanchez,D.V.P., Identifying Opportunities to Reduce Severe Water Stress through a County Level Analysis of U.S. Industrial Freshwater Withdrawals Engineering Sustainability: A Climate for Change Pittsburgh PA April 2019 


 Beaudoin, K., Ference, C., Chung, A., Zappitelli, J., Elliot, E., Sanchez,D.V.P., Smarter Riversheds: Identifying surrogates using sensors SCIENCE Pittsburgh PA October 2018 


Chung, AH, Elliott, EM, Nim, C, Sanchez, D.V.P., River, M. Characterization of Reactive Nitrogen Transport in Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers During Dry and Wet Weather Conditions.  Abstract #GC23H-1304.  December 10-14, 2018.  Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union.  Washington, D.C. 


Leatherow, T, Sanchez, D.V.P., The Supply Chain: A Systems-Based Approach to Sustainability

Academy of Business Research Conference in San Antonio, Texas November 1-3, 2017 (BEST PAPER AWARD)


Gorman, C., Sanchez, D.V.P., Analysis of historical water quality data for determination of real-time sensor locations Society of Environmental Journalism Pittsburgh PA October, 2017


Zappitelli, J., Garcia, A., McEneaney, K.M., Sanchez, D.V.P.,Evaluation of Supervised Learning to Identify Trends in Pittsburgh River Water Quality International PIANC Smart Rivers Conference  Pittsburgh PA September 2017


Liu, P, Huang, J., Sanchez,D.V.P., Schwartzmann, D., Lee, S.I., Yun, M.I.,  High Yield Two-dimensional (2-D) Polyaniline Layer and Its Application in Detection of B-type Natriuretic Peptide in Human Serum, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2016, 230, 184-190   doi:10.1016/j.snb.2016.02.051



Unger, M. , Miller, Z.W., Sanchez,D.V.P., Measuring Off-flavors and Antioxidants to Improve Sustainability of Recirculating Aquaculture Systems Engineering Sustainability: A Climate for Change Pittsburgh PA April 2019


Miller, Z.W., Levine, K.M., Sanchez,D.V.P., Off-flavor Degradation in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems Through Electrochemical Production of Hydroxyl Radicals Engineering Sustainability: The Triple Bottom Line Pittsburgh PA April 2017




Zhou, J., Kotchey, G.P., Sanchez, D.V.P., Hong, S.H. Improving electrode performance by engineering Shewanella oneidensis MR1 AIChE November 2022. Phoenix, AZ

Kotchey, G.P., Arnold-Paine, E.O., Zhou, J., Hong, S.H. Sanchez, D.V.P., Endogenous degradation of Bisphenol-A in Modified ARB Shewanella Oneidensis MR-1 International Conference on Emerging Contaminants (ECOM)Sep 2021.

Zhou J, Kotchey GP, Sanchez DVP, Hong SH (2020). Integrating bisphenol A degradation function into Shewanella oneidensis. 2020 AIChE annual meeting: San Francisco, CA (changed to virtual). Accepted

Zhou, J., Fang, K., Kotchey, G.P., Sanchez, D.V.P., Hong, S.H. Characterizing biofilm formation of Escherichia Coli and Shewanella Oneidensis On Different Carbon-foam Electrodes American Society of Microbiology Conference Chicago IL March 2020.

Sanchez,D.V.P., et al.,  The Impact of Graphene-Nanoplatelet Morphology on Biofilm-Anode Performance (In review) Catalysts


Klonicki, E.F., Sanchez,D.V.P., Evaluation of low-cost carbon-felt based microbial fuel cells with undiluted manure for remote charging applications Engineering Sustainability: The Triple Bottom Line Pittsburgh PA April 2017 


Sanchez,D.V.P., Harnessing Electricity from Biofilms to create Sustainable Technologies, Carnegie Science Center Café Scientifique March 13, 2017


Sanchez,D.V.P., Jacobs, D.L., Huang, J. Vidic, R.D., Yun, M.I.,  Changes in Carbon Electrode Morphology Affect Microbial Fuel Cell Performance with Shewanella Oneidensis MR-1,  Energies 2016, 8, (3), 1817-1829


Dai, J., Guo, D., Zou, F., Sanchez,D.V.P., Fabricating a Sustainable Electrode for Microbial Fuel Cells using Bamboo Charcoal and Polyaniline  Engineering Sustainability: The Triple Bottom Line Pittsburgh PA April 2015


Nguyen, X., Sanchez,D.V.P. et al Diffusion-Limited Reduction of Organometallic compound on Carbon Nanofiber Mat for Catalytic Applications, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 5468 – 5473, DOI: 10.1039/c000654h


Sanchez,D.V.P., Huynh, P.,Kozlov, M., Baughman, R.H.,Vidic, R.D., Yun,M.I., Carbon Nanotube/Platinum (Pt) Sheet as an Improved Cathode for Microbial Fuel Cells, Energy and Fuels, 2010, 24 (11), 5897-5902 DOI: 10.1021/ef100825h 


Park, H.I., Sanchez,D.P., Cho, S.K., Yun, M., Bacterial communities based on Pt-deposited electrodes using electron-beam deposition in mediator-less microbial fuel cell, Environmental Science and Technology  (2008), 42(16), 6243-6249.



Rodriguez, J.A., Sanchez, D.V.P., Global Projects: An initiative to train chemical engineers in Global awareness, American Society of Engineering Education Minneapolis MN June 2022

Sanchez, D.V.P., Kerzmann, T.K, Chouinard, C.P., Kotchey, G.P., Assessing the Effectiveness of a Flex Model for a Sustainability Course in the COVID-19 Learning Environment, American Society of Engineering Education Los Angeles CA June 2021

Sanchez, D.V.P., Kerzmann, T.K, Chouinard, C.P., Understanding Key Student Perspectives in an Interdisciplinary Flex-Model Sustainability Course as Compared to a Traditional in Person Course, American Society of Engineering Education Los Angeles CA June 2021

Woodson Hobbs, Rogers Kaliisa, Kamila Misiejuk, Melanie Peffer, David V.P. Sanchez, Jennifer Scianna, Mamta Shah, Hamideh Talafian, Karl Vachuska, Yeyu Wang, Sukie Wang, and Monique Woodard, Challenges and Solutions to Examining Twitter Data: Reflections from QE-COVID19 Data Challenge ICQE February 2021


Hobbs, Woodson, Peffer,Melanie, Sanchez, D.V.P., Zorgo, Szilvia  Network Analysis of COVID-19 Tweets between and Center for Disease Control  ICQE  February 2021

Mahboobin, A., Sanchez, D.V.P., Incorporating Sustainability into a Bioethics Course American Society of Engineering Education Montreal QC June 2020.

Sanchez, D.V.P., Environmentally Responsible Engineering – Creating a Roadmap for Change Desphande Symposium (invited)  Lowell, MA June 2019

Greene, M., Nguyen, C., Sanchez, D.V.P., Identifying Phenomena and Developing Sustainable Engineering Educational Modules that Integrate STEM Education Best Practices and Next Generation Science Standards for Middle School Science Teachers American Society of Engineering Education Tampa FL June 2019


 Appalachian Bridges to the Future: A Community-centered Approach to Reviving Left Behind Places Michael R. Glass, Kristen Kanthak, David Sanchez, & Bryan Schultz

Greene, M., Nguyen, C., Sanchez, D.V.P., Identifying Phenomena and Developing Sustainable Engineering Education Modules that Integrate STEM Education Best Practices and Next Generation Science Standards for Middle School Science Teachers American Society of Engineering Education Tampa, FLA June 2019

Sanchez, D.V.P., Expert Roundtable: Principles of Environmentally Responsible Engineering Lemelson Foundation (invited)  Washington DC  March 2019


Sanchez, D.V.P., International Graduate Education Experiences workshop National Science Foundation (invited)  Washington, DC January 2019


Mena, I.B., Sanchez, D.V.P., Student Perceptions of Experiences with Academic Dishonesty at the Start and End of the First Year of Engineering Journal of Science and Engineering Ethics  (submitted).


Mena, I.B., Sanchez, D.V.P., Perceptions of Academic Integrity of Students in a First-Year Engineering Program American Society of Engineering Education Columbus OH June 2017.


Schmidt, D.E., Sanchez, D.V.P., Dickerson, S.J., 2017, Increasing Student Engagement and Motivation by Replacing Homework with Assignment-Quizzes American Society of Engineering Education Columbus OH June 2017.


Arjmand, S., Sanchez,D.V.P., Budny, D. Comparison of Students’ Outcome to Different Types of International Project Based Service Learning Projects for CEE Senior Design, ASEE Annual Conference, June 2016


Kerzmann, T., Sanchez, D.V.P., Walker, J., 2016, Energy and Engineering Outreach for High School and Middle School Students and Teachers American Society of Engineering Education New Orleans LA June 2016.


Dickerson, S.J., Jacobs, S.P., Garcia A.M., Sanchez, David V.P., Joint Assessment and Evaluation of Senior Design Projects by Faculty and Industry, Frontiers In Education, 2016


Kerzmann, T., Sanchez, D., Bach, J., Walker, J., 2015, “Energy Week: Outreach Events Geared Toward High School and Middle School Students,” ASEE Middle Atlantic Conference 2015. Conference Presentation.


Arjmand, S., Sanchez,D.V.P., Budny, D. Adding an International Senior Design Component into the Civil Curriculum, ASEE Annual Conference, June 2015