Julie Peller, Ph.D.

Julie Peller

Professor of Chemistry

Center for the Sciences 208


Organic chemistry, environmental chemistry


Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry – University of Notre Dame (2003)
M.S. – University of Notre Dame (1999)
B.S. – Indiana University (1986)

Research Interests

Advanced oxidation for aqueous solutions, water quality analyses, emerging contaminants, air quality analyses, Lake Michigan shoreline challenges (Cladophora, water and sediment contaminants), student and citizen participation in environmental work


Lab Text:
  • Exploring Chemistry. Laboratory Experiments in General, Organic and Biological Chemistry, J. Peller, Prentice Hall, 2 editions, 1998 and 2003
  • Julie Peller, Richard Whitman, Jonathon Schoer, Can incongruent studies effectively characterize long term water quality? in “Chemistry and Water: The Science behind Sustaining the World’s Most Crucial Resource,” Ed. Satinder Ajuha, Elsevier Publishing, 2017, 393-420.
  • Peller, Julie R., Mezyk, Stephen, P., McKay, Garrett, Watson, Emily. Hydroxyl radical probes for the comparison of secondary treated wastewaters for the edited book “Sustainability and Water Reclamation” Ed. Satinder Ajuha, Elsevier Publishing, 2014.
  • Peller, Julie R., Mezyk, Stephen, P., Ishida, Kenneth, P. Advanced oxidation using radiolysis to understand the remediation of organic contaminant mixtures in secondary treated wastewater, in “Novel Solutions to Water Pollution,” Editors Satinder Ahuja and Kiril Hristovski ACS Symposium Series, 1123 2013.
  • Peller, Julie R., Argyilan, Erin P, Cox, Jeremiah J., Grabos, Nicole. Analytical measurements to improve nonpoint pollution assessments in Indiana’s Lake Michigan Watershed in “Monitoring Water Quality,” Editor S. Ahuja, Elsevier Publishing, 2013.
Journal Articles:
  • Cen Zhao, Julie R. Peller, Stephen P. Mezyk, Prashant V. Kamat, Kevin E. O’Shea, Oxidative remediation of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) and propylene glycol phenyl ether (PPh). Evidence of contaminant repair reaction pathways. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C7CP01896G.
  • Chan Lan Chun, Julie R Peller, Dawn Shively, Muruleedhara N Byappanahalli, Richard L Whitman, Christopher Staley, Qian Zhang, Satoshi Ishii, Michael J Sadowsky, The virulence and biodegradation potential of dynamic microbial communities associated with decaying Cladophora in the Great Lakes. Science of the Total Environment 2016, 574, 872-880.
  • Chan Lan Chun, Chase I Kahn, Andrew J Borchert, Muruleedhara N Byappanahalli, Richard L Whitman, Julie Peller, Christina Pier, Guangyun Lin, Eric A Johnson, Michael J Sadowsky.  Prevalence of toxin-producing Clostridium botulinum associated with the macroalga Cladophora in three Great Lakes: Growth and management. Science of the Total Environment 2015, 511, 523-529.
  • Pisarenko, Aleksey N., Marti, Erica J., Gerrity, Daniel, Peller, Julie R., Dickenson, Eric R.V. Effects of molecular ozone and hydroxyl radical on formation of N-nitrosamines and perfluoroalkyl acids during ozonation of treated wastewaters. Environmental Science:  Water Research & Technology, 2015, 1 (5), 668-678.
  • Marti, Erica J., Pisarenko, Aleksey N., Peller, Julie R., Dickenson, Eric R.V. N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) formation from the Ozonation of Model Compounds, Water Research, 2014, 72, 262-270.
  • Julie Peller, Murulee Byappanahalli, Dawn Shively, Michael Sadowsky, Chanlan Chun, Richard Whitman. Notable decomposition products of senescing Lake Michigan Cladophora glomerata, Journal of Great Lakes Research, 2014, 40, 800-806.
  • Taicheng An, Yanpeng Gao, Guiying Li, Prashant V. Kamat, Julie Peller, and Michelle V. Joyce. Kinetics and Mechanism of OH Mediated Degradation of Dimethyl Phthalate in Aqueous Solution: Experimental and Theoretical Studies, Environmental Science & Technology, 2014, 48 (1), 641-648.
  • Chun, C.L., Ochsner, U., Byappanahalli, M., Whitman, R.L., Tepp, W.H., Lin, G., Johnson, E.A., Peller, J., Sadowsky, M.J. Association of Toxin-Producing Clostridium botulinum with the Macroalga Cladophora in the Great Lakes, Environmental Science and Technology, 2013, 47(6): 2587-2594.
  • Peller, Julie R., Mezyk, Stephen P., Cooper, William J., Ishida, Kenneth, P. Evaluation of parameters influencing removal efficiencies for organic contaminant degradation in advanced oxidation processes, AQUA Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology, 2011, 60, 69-78.
  • Peller, Julie R., Mezyk, Stephen P., Cooper, William J.  Bisphenol A Reactions with the Hydroxyl Radical:  Diverse Pathways Determined between Deionized Water and Tertiary Treated Wastewater Solutions, Research on Chemical Intermediates, 2009, 35, 21-34.
  • Hilla Shemer, Michael S. Elovitz, Julie R. Peller, K. Vinodgopal, Mano Sivaganesan, and Karl G. Linden. Hydroxyl radical rate constants: Comparing UV/H2O2 and Pulse Radiolysis for Environmental Pollutants. AQUA, Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology, 2008, 57, 391-401.
  • Cooper, W.J., Mezyk, S. P., Peller, J., Cole, S. K., Song, W., Mincher, B.J.  Studies in Radiation Chemistry:  Application to Ozonation and other Advanced Oxidation Processes. Ozone:  Science and Engineering, 2008, 30; 58-64.
  • Stephen P. Mezyk, Thomas Neubauer, William J. Cooper, and Julie R. Peller. Free-Radical-Induced Oxidative and Reductive Degradation of Sulfa Drugs in Water:  Absolute Kinetics and Efficiencies of Hydroxyl Radical and Hydrated Electron Reactions; J. Phys. Chem. A.; 2007, 111(37); 9019-9024.
  • Julie R. Peller, Richard L. Whitman, Scott Griffith, Patricia Harris, Cassie Peller, Joanne Scalzitti;  TiO2 as a Photocatalyst for Control of the Aquatic Invasive Alga, Cladophora, Under Natural and Artificial Light; Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A:  Chemistry, 2007, 186, 212-217.
  • Peller, J. and Kamat, P.V. Radiolytic Transformations of Chlorinated Phenols and Chlorinated Phenoxyacetic Acids; J. Phys. Chem. A.; 2005, 109 (42), 9528 -9535.
  • Peller, J., Wiest, O. and Kamat, P. V., Hydroxyl Radical’s Role in the Remediation of a Common Herbicide, 2,4 Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) -Feature Article. J. Phys. Chem. A, 2004, 108, 10925-10933.
  • Julie Peller, Olaf Wiest, and Prashant V. Kamat; Mechanism of Hydroxyl Radical-Induced Breakdown of the Herbicide 2,4- Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid (2,4-D); Chem. Eur. J., 2003, 9, 5379-5387.
  • K. Vinodgopal and Julie Peller; Hydroxyl Radical Mediated Advanced Oxidation Processes for Textile Dyes: A Comparison of the Radiolytic and Sonolytic Degradation of the Monoazo Dye, Acid Orange 7;  Research on Chemical Intermediates, 2003, 29, 307-316
  • Julie Peller, Olaf Wiest, and Prashant V. Kamat;  Synergy of Combining Sonolysis and Photocatalysis in the Degradation and Mineralization of Chlorinated Aromatic Compounds. Environmental Science and Technology, 2003; 37(9); 1926-1932.
  • Julie Peller, Olaf Wiest, and Prashant V. Kamat; Sonolysis of 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid in Aqueous Solutions. Evidence for OH-Radical-Mediated Degradation, J. Phys. Chem. A, 2001; 105(13); 3176-3181.
  • Naomi L. Stock, Julie Peller, K. Vinodgopal, and Prashant V. Kamat; Combinative Sonolysis and Photocatalysis for Textile Dye Degradation, Environmental Science and Technology; 2000; 34(9); 1747-1750.
  • Vinodgopal, Peller, J., K., Makogon,O., Kamat, P. Ultrasonic Mineralization of a Reactive Textile Azo Dye, Remazol Black B, Water Research, 2000, 32, (12) 3646-3650.


  • American Chemical Society, member
  • Hoosier Environmental Council, board member, vice president (2012-present)


  • Wheat Ridge Ministries Grant (Valparaiso University): Using chemistry to address the health concerns of a local community; $10,000 (2016-2017)
  • NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant for a Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectrometer (LC-MS); $223,753 (2015)
  • EPA Office of Environmental Education: Building bridges for environmental stewardship: schools, universities and community collectively embracing the health of a local watershed; $123,163 (2015-2017)
  • Legacy Foundation: Pilot Project and Needs Assessment for Environmental Justice and Revitalization (EJR) Initiative: Central to Rebuilding Lake County; A collaborative project with Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC), Financial support for student workers, travel and analytical testing materials; $25,000 (2013-2014)
  • Indiana University Collaborative Research Grant: Citizen Participation in Environmental Science Studies:  addressing air quality issues in NW Indiana, $49,819 (2011-2012)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan Coastal Program: Awareness, Education and Action:  Students and Educators Taking Ownership of the Lake Michigan Watershed through Integrated Curriculum, $72,000 (2010-2012)
  • WateReuse Foundation Grant extension: Reaction Rates and Mechanisms of Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP) for Water Reuse (WRF-04-017); $35,000 (2007-2009)
  • Illinois/Indiana Sea Grant, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Real-time Fluorometric Assay for Sewage Presence:  A Cost-effective Method to Determine Potential Water Quality Threats to Swimmers and Ecosystem Health; $120,000 (2008-2010)
  • WateReuse Foundation Grant: Reaction Rates and Mechanisms of Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOP) for Water Reuse (WRF-04-017); $21,661 (Total grant budget: $235,916; January 1, 2006 – October 31, 2007)