Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering - Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa


Dr. Peters is Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at UAB, joining the School of Engineering faculty in 2001. Prior to his affiliation with UAB, he served for a year as Vice-President of Technology Development for a small business firm (TechSavants, Inc. located in Wheaton, Illinois). He also served for more than 14 years as Research Area Leader in the Energy Systems Division of Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois, where he coordinated and supervised research activities in the soil and groundwater remediation area, focusing on physical/chemical treatment technologies. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the States of Illinois and Indiana and a certified Hazardous Waste Site Operations Worker. His research is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the University Transportation Center for Alabama, the Alabama Water Resources Research Institute, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, UAB Faculty Development Grant Program, and the American Electroplaters and Surface Finishers (AESF) Society.

Research Interests

Environmental Engineering, Water and Wastewater Treatment, Physical/Chemical Treatment; Soil and Groundwater Remediation, Sonication/Acoustic Cavitation, Advanced Oxidation Processes, Water Chemistry, Hazardous Waste Treatment, Engineering Hydrogeology, Catalytic Oxidation for Treatment of Exhaust from Mobile Sources, Competitive Adsorption, Treatment of Heavy Metal Wastes.

Current Research

  • “Experimental Investigation of Runoff Mitigation from Vegetated Roofs”; funded by the Alabama Water Resources Research Institute (AWRRI), $75,828 (total); Project duration: March 1, 2010 –February 28, 2011; Jason T. Kirby (PI), Robert W. Peters (co-PI), Stephen A.Watts (co-PI), and Matthew Winslett (co-PI).
  • “Effects of Labeling Storm Drains at UAB – Preliminary Study: Cost Estimate forVaried Levels of Dumping Risk”, funded by UAB’s Office of Health and safet(OHS); Funding: ~$7,500. Project Duration: May 2010 – present; Robert W.Peters (PI).
  • "Energy Conservation Investigations"; funded by UAB’s Facilities Management Department; $29,002; Project Duration: June 1, 2010 – July 1, 2010; Robert W.Peters (PI).

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