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Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Deshusses' research interests are related to the design, analysis and application of remediation, waste to energy and decentralized sanitation processes. A current focus is on novel reactors and processes for air, water and solid wastes treatment. Applications include treatment of odors and air toxics, biogas production, and novel sanitation and treatment technologies. Research interests include bioenergy and waste to energy processes, biofilms, biomolecular techniques for monitoring microorganisms in complex environments, indoor air quality, advanced oxidation processes, nanosensors, and mathematical modeling of environmental processes.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke Kunshan University
- Research Professor of Global Health
- Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
- Office Location: 127C Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5480
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph.D. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 1994
Dr. Deshusses' broad research interests are related to the design, analysis and application of processes for the bioremediation of contaminated air, water and soils. One area of on-going research is bioreactors for air pollution control. Results from this work have resulted among others in a better fundamental understanding of how volatile organics and odors are biodegraded in waste air biofilters and biotrickling filters. It has also been used recently to convert odor control chemical scrubbers to high efficiency biotrickling filters at wastewater treatment plants. Another area of ongoing research is the development of biotreatment processes to treat groundwater contaminated with gasoline additives MTBE and TBA and rocket propellant perchlorate. Results from this work are being applied in the field. Other ongoing research include the development of gas-phase sensors based on functionalized nanomaterials, the use of biomolecular techniques for monitoring microorganisms in complex mixed cultures, fundamental study of biofouling mechanisms, biofilms, combined chemical and biological treatment of wastes, indoor air quality, and mathematical modeling of environmental bioprocesses.
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- AAAS Fellow. American Association for the Advancement of Science. 2006
- CEE 293: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 462L: Biological Principles in Environmental Engineering
- CEE 490: Special Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 493: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 562: Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering
- CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
In the News
- Duke, RTI International Partner on Improved Global Sanitation (Aug 28, 2017)
- Energy Initiative Provides First Round of Research Seed Funding (Apr 16, 2014)
- Adventures in Synthetic Poop (Feb 6, 2014 | Duke Research Blog )
- Duke researchers design toilet that turns waste into drinking water (Jul 18, 2013 | WUNC Radio )
- Thostenson, JO; Mourouvin, R; Hawkins, BT; Ngaboyamahina, E; Sellgren, KL; Parker, CB; Deshusses, MA; Stoner, BR; Glass, JT, Improved blackwater disinfection using potentiodynamic methods with oxidized boron-doped diamond electrodes., Water Research, vol 140 (2018), pp. 191-199 [10.1016/j.watres.2018.04.022] [abs].
- Forbis-Stokes, AA; Rocha-Melogno, L; Deshusses, MA, Nitrifying trickling filters and denitrifying bioreactors for nitrogen management of high-strength anaerobic digestion effluent, Chemosphere, vol 204 (2018), pp. 119-129 [10.1016/j.chemosphere.2018.03.137] [abs].
- Ndu, U; Christensen, GA; Rivera, NA; Gionfriddo, CM; Deshusses, MA; Elias, DA; Hsu-Kim, H, Quantification of Mercury Bioavailability for Methylation Using Diffusive Gradient in Thin-Film Samplers., Environmental Science & Technology, vol 52 no. 15 (2018), pp. 8521-8529 [10.1021/acs.est.8b00647] [abs].
- Qiu, X; Deshusses, MA, Performance of a monolith biotrickling filter treating high concentrations of H2S from mimic biogas and elemental sulfur plugging control using pigging., Chemosphere, vol 186 (2017), pp. 790-797 [10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.08.032] [abs].
- Dupnock, TL; Deshusses, MA, High-Performance Biogas Upgrading Using a Biotrickling Filter and Hydrogenotrophic Methanogens., Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, vol 183 no. 2 (2017), pp. 488-502 [10.1007/s12010-017-2569-2] [abs].