Jurate Virkutyte

Jurate Virkutyte

Professional Summary

I have a broad background in exposure science, risk assessment, chemistry and material sciences and analytics. Furthermore, I have a specific training, experience and expertise in health and safety issues and chemical exposure both, nationally and internationally. My latest research in academic and industrial settings has been associated with chemical risks, material technologies (surface studies) and analytics. As a PI on several federal- and industrially funded projects, I laid the groundwork for the R&D activities by developing analytical methods for biological and destructible (non-metal) sampling using XPS, TEM and SEM/EDS, by developing experimental approaches (sampling and analyses) and obtained data that can be used in regulatory environment. Also, I developed effective metrics to assess health and safety as well as exposure to chemical hazards especially in oil and gas and construction industry. In addition, I successfully participated and led business development activities for my industrial clients and effectively administered the projects, included but not limited to talent recruiting and retaining, budgeting and project management. Furthermore, I collaborated with academic and governmental partners from Europe, Australia, Asia and the US and produced several peer-reviewed high impact publications for each project. 


BSc, Vilnius University of Educology Lithuania, (Chemistry)

MSc, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden Sweden, (Environmental engineering and sustainable infrastructure)

PhD, University of Eastern Finland, Finland Finland, (Environmental Science (Materials technology)

Positions and Work Experience

2015 -2017 Consultant, Occupational safety plans; Health and safety; audits; Regulatory aspects; environmental permitting, Cincinnati, OH

2013 -2015 Chief Environmental Officer / Director of Operations, R&D; chemical exposure assessments; environmental health and safety plans, risk assessments; environmental permitting, Hammontree and Associates, North Canton, OH

2010 -2013 Project Manager, Chemical exposures; nanomaterials in consumer products assessments; health and safety project plans; quality assurance project plans, environmental health and safety., Pegasus Technical Services Inc, Cincinnati, OH

2009 -2010 Senior Resident Scientist, Fate and transport of nanomatetrials; environmental health and safety; risk assessments, chemical synthesis; green chemistry; R&D , US EPA, Cincinnati, OH

2006 -2009 Head of Waste Management Group, R&D; environmental regulations; electricity in environmental applications; nanomaterials, environmental health and safety plans. , University of Eastern Finland, Finland

04-2018 - Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Research and Practice Interests

Research Support

Grant: #PRP ERC UC Investigators:Virkutyte, J. 08-15-2017 -08-15-2018 ERC Pilot Research Project (PRP) Establishment of aerosol sampling protocols using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Passive Air Sampler (PAS) Role:PI Completed Type:Grant

Investigators:Virkutyte, J. 09-01-2010 -09-01-2012 National Research Council RAP Fate and transport of nanomaterials in environment: risk assessment Role:PI Completed Type:Grant


Peer Reviewed Publications

Virkutyte J. (2016. )Aerobic Treatment of Effluents From Pulp and Paper Industries.Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering: Biological Treatment of Industrial Effluents, ,103-130

Al-Abed S.; Boyes W.; Childs K.; Coates N.; Degn L.; Diamond S.; Dreher K.; Ma H.; McCarrick R.; Ortenzio J.; Virkutyte J.; Zucker R. (2016. )Environmental aging alters Al(OH)3-coating of TiO2 nanoparticles enhancing their photocatalytic and phototoxic activities.Environmental Science: Nano, ,3 (3 ),593-601

Virkutyte J. (2014. )The use of power ultrasound in biofuel production, bioremediation, and other applications.Power Ultrasonics: Applications of High-Intensity Ultrasound, ,1096-112

Virkutyte, J., Varma R. (2014. )Eco-friendly magnetic iron oxide-pillared montmorillonite for advanced catalytic degradation of dichlorophenol.ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, ,2 (7 ),1545-1550

Kustov L.; Al-Abed S.; Virkutyte, J.; Finashina E.; Kapustin G.; Kirichenko O.; Mishin I.; Nissenbaum V.; Shuvalova E.; Tkachenko O. (2014. )Novel Fe-Pd/SiO2 catalytic materials for degradation of chlorinated organic compounds in water.Pure and Applied Chemistry, ,86 (7 ),1141-1158

Virkutyte, J.; Al-Abed S.; Bennett-Stamper C.; Choi H. (2014. )Distinct structural behavior and transport of TiO2-nano and nano-structured particles in sand.Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, ,443 ,188-194

Virkutyte, J.; Varma R. (2014. )Greener and sustainable remediation using iron nanomaterials .ACS Symposium Series, ,1184 ,1-21

Aravinthan V.; Chiemchaisri C.; Jegatheesan V.; Kim S.; Nghiem L.; Shon H.; Shu L.; Virkutyte J. (2014. )Special issue on the Challenges in Environmental Science and Engineering-CESE-2012 9-13 September 20.Desalination and Water Treatment, ,52 (4-6 ),555

Virkutyte, J.; Varma R. (2013. )Environmentally friendly preparation of metal nanoparticles .RSC Green Chemistry, ,7-33

Virkutyte, J.; Varma R. (2013. )Green synthesis of nanomaterials: Environmental aspects.ACS Symposium Series, ,1124 ,11-39

Golovina E.; Lahtinen M.; Makarova K.; Rokhina E.; Van As H.; Virkutyte J. (2013. )Ultrasound-assisted MnO2 catalyzed homolysis of peracetic acid for phenol degradation: The assessmen.Chemical Engineering Journal, ,221 ,476-486

Virkutyte, J.; Varma R. (2012. )Veruclay - A new type of photo-adsorbent active in the visible light range: Modification of montmorillonite surface with organic surfactant.RSC Advances, ,2 (21 ),8128-8134

Virkutyte J.; Jegatheesan V.; Varma R. (2012. )Visible light activated TiO2/microcrystalline cellulose nanocatalyst to destroy organic contaminants in water.Bioresource Technology, ,113 ,288-293

Virkutyte J.; Jegatheesan V.; Lahtinen M.; Makarova K.; Rokhina E. (2012. )Theoretical and practical aspects of chemical functionalization of carbon nanofibers (CNFs): DFT cal.Bioresource Technology, ,113 ,127-131

Virkutyte J.; Al-Abed S.; Dionysiou D. (2012. )Depletion of the protective aluminum hydroxide coating in TiO 2-based sunscreens by swimming pool water ingredients.Chemical Engineering Journal, ,191 ,95-103

Virkutyte J.; Varma R. (2012. )Novel Claycunbic to eliminate micropollutants and Vibrio fischeri from water.RSC Advances, ,2 (8 ),3416-3422

Virkutyte J.; Varma R. (2012. )Synthesis and visible light photoactivity of anatase Ag and garlic loaded TiO2 nanocrystalline catalyst.RSC Advances, ,2 (6 ),2399-2407

Virkutyte J.; Al-Abed S. (2012. )Statistical evaluation of potential damage to the Al(OH)3 layer on nTiO2 particles in the presence of swimming pool and seawater.Journal of Nanoparticle Research, ,14 (4 ),

Virkutyte J.; Varma R. (2012. )Visible light activity of Ag-loaded and guanidine nitrate-doped nano-TiO2: Degradation of dichlorophenol and antibacterial properties.RSC Advances, ,2 (4 ),1533-1539

Golovina E.; Makarova K.; Rokhina E.; Van As H.; Virkutyte J. (2012. )Combination of neural networks and DFT calculations for the comprehensive analysis of FDMPO radical adducts from fast isotropic electron spin resonance spectra.Journal of Physical Chemistry A, ,116 (1 ),443-451

Puton J.; Sillanpää M.; Vilhunen S.; Virkutyte J. (2011. )Efficiency of hydroxyl radical formation and phenol decomposition using UV light emitting diodes and H2O2.Environmental Technology, ,32 (8 ),865-872

Virkutyte J.; Varma R. (2011. )Green synthesis of metal nanoparticles: Biodegradable polymers and enzymes in stabilization and surface functionalization.Chemical Science, ,2 (5 ),837-846

Virkutyte J.; Jegatheesan V.; Lens P.; Rokhina E. (2011. )The effect of electrodialytic treatment and Na2H2EDTA addition on methanogenic activity of copper-amended anaerobic granular sludge: Treatment costs and energy consumption.Bioresource Technology, ,102 (9 ),5541-5544

Chang C.; Jegatheesan V.; Shu L.; Virkutyte J. (2011. )Special issue on the Challenges in Environmental Science and Engineering, CESE-2010:26 September - 1.Bioresource Technology, ,102 (9 ),5277

Virkutyte, J.; Varma R. (2011. )Photoinduced catalytic adsorption of model contaminants on Bi/Cu pillared montmorillonite in the visible light range.Separation and Purification Technology, ,78 (2 ),201-207

Rokhina E.; Virkutyte J. (2011. )Environmental application of catalytic processes: Heterogeneous liquid phase oxidation of phenol with hydrogen peroxide.Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, ,41 (2 ),125-167

Duong P.; Shrestha R.; Sillanpää M.; Virkutyte J. (2010. )Ultrasound-assisted treatment of kaolin artificially contaminated with henanhtrene, fluoranthene and hexachlorobenzene.Journal of Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management, ,18 (4 ),251-258

Golovina E.; Makarova K.; Rokhina E.; Van As H.; Virkutyte J. (2010. )Free radical reaction pathway, thermochemistry of peracetic acid homolysis, and its application for phenol degradation: Spectroscopic study and quantum chemistry calculations.Environmental Science and Technology, ,44 (17 ),6815-6821

Virkutyte J.; Baruwati B.; Varma R. (2010. )Visible light induced photobleaching of methylene blue over melamine-doped TiO2 nanocatalyst.Nanoscale, ,2 (7 ),1109-1111

Virkutyte J.; Varma R. (2010. )Fabrication and visible light photocatalytic activity of a novel Ag/TiO2-xNx nanocatalyst.New Journal of Chemistry, ,34 (6 ),1094-1096

Pham A.; Sillanpää M.; Virkutyte J. (2010. )Sludge dewatering by sand-drying bed coupled with electro-dewatering at various potentials.International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment, ,24 (2 ),151-162

Virkutyte J.; Jegatheesan V.; Rokhina E. (2010. )Optimisation of electro-Fenton denitrification of a model wastewater using a response surface methodology.Bioresource Technology, ,101 (5 ),1440-1446

Rokhina E.; Vilhunen S.; Virkutyte J. (2010. )Evaluation of UV LEDs performance in photochemical oxidation of phenol in the presence of H2O2.Journal of Environmental Engineering, ,136 (3 ),274-280

Repo E.; Rokhina E.; Virkutyte J. (2010. )Comparative kinetic analysis of silent and ultrasound-assisted catalytic wet peroxide oxidation of phenol.Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, ,17 (3 ),541-546

Virkutyte J.; Padarauskas A.; Vickackaite V. (2010. )Sono-oxidation of soils: Degradation of naphthalene by sono-Fenton-like process.Journal of Soils and Sediments, ,10 (3 ),526-536

Pham T.; Shrestha R.; Sillanpää M.; Virkutyte J. (2009. )Recent studies in environmental applications of ultrasound.Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, ,36 (11 ),1849-1858

Rokhina E.; As H.; Golovina E.; Virkutyte J. (2009. )ESR ST study of hydroxyl radical generation in wet peroxide system catalyzed by heterogeneous ruthenium.Chemosphere, ,77 (1 ),148-150

Virkutyte, J.; Lens P.; Rokhina E. (2009. )Low-frequency ultrasound in biotechnology: state of the art.Trends in Biotechnology, ,27 (5 ),298-306

Rokhina E.; Lahtinen M.; Nolte M.; Virkutyte J. (2009. )The influence of ultrasound on the RuI3-catalyzed oxidation of phenol: Catalyst study and experimental design.Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, ,87 (3-4 ),162-170

Virkutyte, J.; Jegatheesan V. (2009. )Electro-Fenton, hydrogenotrophic and Fe2+ ions mediated TOC and nitrate removal from aquaculture system: Different experimental strategies.Bioresource Technology, ,100 (7 ),2189-2197

Pham T.; Shrestha R.; Sillanpää M.; Virkutyte J. (2009. )Combined ultrasonication and electrokinetic remediation for persistent organic removal from contaminated kaolin.Electrochimica Acta, ,54 (5 ),1403-1407

Virkutyte J.; Nolte M.; Rokhina E.; Sillanpää M. (2008. )Optimization of pulp mill effluent treatment with catalytic adsorbent using orthogonal second-order (Box-Behnken) experimental design.Journal of Environmental Monitoring, ,10 (11 ),1304-1312

Virkutyte, J.; Sillanpää M.; Sinkevicius S.; Vadakojyte S. (2008. )Heavy metal distribution and chemical partitioning in Lake Saimaa (SE Finland) sediments and moss Pleurozium schreberi.Chemistry and Ecology, ,24 (2 ),119-132

Virkutyte, J.; Sillanpää M. (2007. )The hindering effect of experimental strategies on advancement of alkaline front and electroosmotic flow during electrokinetic lake sediment treatment.Journal of Hazardous Materials, ,143 (3 ),673-681

Virkutyte J.; Lens P.; Sillanpää M. (2006. )Electrokinetic copper and iron migration in anaerobic granular sludge.Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, ,177 (1-4 ),147-168

Virkutyte, J.; Sillanpää M. (2006. )Chemical evaluation of potable water in Eastern Qinghai Province, China: Human health aspects.Environment International, ,32 (1 ),80-86

Virkutyte, J.; Lens P.; Sillanpää M.; Van Hullebusch E. (2005. )Copper and trace element fractionation in electrokinetically treated methanogenic anaerobic granular sludge.Environmental Pollution, ,138 (3 ),518-529

Virkutyte J.; Ribeiro A.; Sillanpää M.; Velizarova E. (2005. )Copper and chromium electrodialytic migration in CCA-treated timber waste.Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, ,160 (1-4 ),27-39

Virkutyte J.; Latostenmaa P.; Martišius J.; Sillanpaa M. (2004. )Electrode layout and process kinetics of electroremoval of copper from sand.International Journal of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Environment, ,18 (3 ),220-231

Virkutyte, J.; Latostenmaa P.; Sillanpää M. (2001. )Heavy metal removal from contaminated soils by electrokinetic process .Kemia-Kemi/Finnish Chemical Journal, ,28 (7 ),539-541

Virkutyte, J. and Reponen, T. (2019. )Assessment of Bioaerosols and Particulate Matter Distribution in Residential Homes: A Pilot Study .International Journal of Advances in Science, Engineering and Technology, ,6 (4 ),32-36

Other Publications

Virkutyte, J.; Sillanpaa, M.; Laatostenma, P. (2001. )Electrokinetic soil remediation - Critical overview .Science of the Total Environment, 289 (1-3 ),97-121


Paper Presentations

Virkutyte, J. and Reponen, T. (08-2018. )Assessment of Bioaerosols and Particulate Matter Distribution in Residential Homes: a Pilot Study .Stockholm, Sweden. Conference. Level:International

Uebel-Niemeier, Ch., Virkutyte J., Isiugo, K., Indugula R., Cox J., Hernandez M., Reponen, T (07-2018. )Comparison of Real-time Ultraviolet-Induced Fluorescence and Filter Sampling Combined with qPCR Assay for the Measurement of Airborne Fungal Spores .Philadelphia, PA. Conference. Level:National

Virkutyte, J., Uebel, Ch., Isiugo, K., Benjamin, M., Maier, A., Hernandez, M. T., Grinshpun, S. A., Reponen, T. (09-2018. )Indoor-Outdoor (I/O) Exchange of Bioaerosols at Various Ventilation Modes .St. Louis, MO. Conference. Level:International

Honors and Awards

2014 Evaluating the Effect of Water Chemistry on Environmental and Health Implications of Nano Materials in Consumer Products US EPA Scientific and Technological Achievement Award (STAA) Type:Non-Monetary

2002 EU Marie Curie Individual Doctoral Fellowship European Commission Status:Recipient Level:International Type:Fellowship

2006 Sonochemically‐ assisted process development for environmental remediation Academy of Finland Status:Recipient Level:National Type:Grant

Student Advising

Thuy Duong Pham (Doctoral )Supervisor Status:Completed 2014

Ekaterina Rokhina (Doctoral )Chair Status:Completed 2009

Anh Tuan Pham (Doctoral )Supervisor Status:Completed 2008

Matthew Owens (Master )Committee Member Status:Completed 2017

Eric Phillips (Undergrad )Supervisor Status:In Progress


in Desalination and Water Treatment Guest Co-Editor Type:Editorial Service Level:International 2014

Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology Guest Co-Editor Type:Editorial Service Level:International 2012

Environmental Engineering and Landscape Management Editorial Board Member Type:Editorial Service Level:International 2005

International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment Editorial Board Member Type:Editorial Service Level:International 2004 -2006

Journal of Hazardous Materials, Environmental Science and Technology, Chemosphere, Bioresource Technology, Applied Catalysis B – Environmental, Science of a Total Environment, Environmental Pollution Reviewer Type:Editorial Service Level:International 2005

Post Graduate Training and Education

05-2017-04-2018 Home healthcare workers exposure to bioaerosols, Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Cincinnati, ,Cincinnati


Occupational exposures, Bioaerosols, Direct measurements, Industrial hygiene, Virtual/Augmented reality, Data Visualization, Chemical risk assessment, Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Surface science

Courses Taught

-EIH-7007 PRO OCC EXP ASSESS Level:Graduate

-EIH-8034 HAZMAT MGMT Level:Graduate

Patents and Inventions

US20110266136 A1 US8791044 Doped titanium dioxide as a visible and sun light photo catalyst Virkutyte, J.; Baruwati, B.; Varma, R., Awarded 07-24-2014 Co-Inventor

Contact Information

Academic - Kettering Lab
160 Panzeca Way
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45267-0056
Phone: 513-558-4346