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Mark Wiesner

Mark Wiesner

James B. Duke Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Wiesner's research interests include membrane processes, nanostructured materials, transport and fate of nanomaterials in the environment, colloidal and interfacial processes, and environmental systems analysis.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • James B. Duke Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engi
  • Professor of Environmental Science and Policy
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 1985
  • M.S. University of Iowa, 1980
  • B.A. Coe College, 1978

Research Interests

Atmospheric chemistry, Regional and Global Modeling and Atmospheric chemical data analysis

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fellow. Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. 2015
  • Member of the National Academy of Engineering. National Academy of Engineering. 2015
  • Clarke Water Prize. National Water Research Institute. 2011
  • Fellow. International Water Association. 2011
  • AAAS Fellows. American Association for the Advancement of Science, The. 2009
  • Fellow. American Society of Civil Engineers,. 2009
  • Stansell Family Distinguished Research Award. Duke University. 2009
  • Honorary Professor. Nankai University, Tianjin, China. 2007
  • Frontiers in Research Award. Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. 2004
  • Pierre de Fermat Lauréat and Chair of Excellence. L’Institut National Polytechnique, Toulouse, France. 2004
  • Charles Duncan Award for Scholarship and Teaching. Rice University. 1998
  • Rudolph Hering Medal. American Society of Civil Engineers. 1995
  • Rudolph Hering Medal. Environmental Engineering Division, ASCE. 1995
  • J.J. Barr Award. National Association of Water Companies. 1985
  • Member. Phi Beta Kappa. 1978
  • Undergraduate Investigator. National Science Foundation. 1978

Courses Taught

  • CEE 494: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 560: Environmental Transport Phenomena
  • CEE 564: Physical Chemical Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • ECON 212: Engineering Systems Optimization and Economics
  • EGR 305: Engineering Systems Optimization and Economics
  • ENVIRON 899: Master's Project
  • MENG 550: Master of Engineering Internship/Project
  • MENG 551: Master of Engineering Internship/Project Assessment

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Avellan, A; Simonin, M; McGivney, E; Bossa, N; Spielman-Sun, E; Rocca, JD; Bernhardt, ES; Geitner, NK; Unrine, JM; Wiesner, MR; Lowry, GV, Gold nanoparticle biodissolution by a freshwater macrophyte and its associated microbiome., Nature Nanotechnology, vol 13 no. 11 (2018), pp. 1072-1077 [10.1038/s41565-018-0231-y] [abs].
  • Kose Mutlu, B; Cantoni, B; Turolla, A; Antonelli, M; Hsu-Kim, H; Wiesner, MR, Application of nanofiltration for Rare Earth Elements recovery from coal fly ash leachate: Performance and cost evaluation, Chemical Engineering Journal, vol 349 (2018), pp. 309-317 [10.1016/j.cej.2018.05.080] [abs].
  • Bai, L; Liu, Y; Bossa, N; Ding, A; Ren, N; Li, G; Liang, H; Wiesner, MR, Incorporation of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNCs) into the Polyamide Layer of Thin-Film Composite (TFC) Nanofiltration Membranes for Enhanced Separation Performance and Antifouling Properties., Environmental Science & Technology, vol 52 no. 19 (2018), pp. 11178-11187 [10.1021/acs.est.8b04102] [abs].
  • Simonin, M; Colman, BP; Anderson, SM; King, RS; Ruis, MT; Avellan, A; Bergemann, CM; Perrotta, BG; Geitner, NK; Ho, M; de la Barrera, B; Unrine, JM; Lowry, GV; Richardson, CJ; Wiesner, MR; Bernhardt, ES, Engineered nanoparticles interact with nutrients to intensify eutrophication in a wetland ecosystem experiment., Ecological Applications : a Publication of the Ecological Society of America, vol 28 no. 6 (2018), pp. 1435-1449 [10.1002/eap.1742] [abs].
  • Geitner, NK; Cooper, JL; Avellan, A; Castellon, BT; Perrotta, BG; Bossa, N; Simonin, M; Anderson, SM; Inoue, S; Hochella, MF; Richardson, CJ; Bernhardt, ES; Lowry, GV; Ferguson, PL; Matson, CW; King, RS; Unrine, JM; Wiesner, MR; Hsu-Kim, H, Size-Based Differential Transport, Uptake, and Mass Distribution of Ceria (CeO2) Nanoparticles in Wetland Mesocosms., Environmental Science & Technology, vol 52 no. 17 (2018), pp. 9768-9776 [10.1021/acs.est.8b02040] [abs].