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Marc Deshusses

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Global Health
Pratt School of Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering

(919) 660-5480

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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.

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.


Water, Resources and Treatment
Microbial Engineering, biological remediation


Recent Publications

Yu, M.; Weinthal, E.; Patiño-Echeverri, D.; Deshusses, M. A. ; Zou, A. ; Ni, Y. ; Vengosh, A., Water availability for shale gas development in Sichuan Basin, China. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2016, 50, 2837-2845. View

Karatum, O.; Deshusses, M. A., A comparative study of dilute VOCs treatment in a non-thermal plasma reactor. Chem. Eng. J. 2016, 294, 308-315. View

Xu, J.; Adair, C. W.; Deshusses, M. A., Performance evaluation of a full-scale innovative swine waste-to-energy system. Biores. Technol., 2016, 216, 494-502. View

Watson, S. K.; Han, Z.; Su, W. W.; Deshusses, M. A.; Kan, E., Carbon dioxide capture using Escherichia coli expressing carbonic anhydrase in a foam bioreactor. Environ. Technol. 2016, 37(24), 3186-3192. View

Adair, C. W.; Xu, J.; Elliott, J. S.; Simmons, W. G.; Cavanaugh, M.; Vujic, T.; Deshusses, M. A., Design and assessment of an innovative swine waste to renewable energy system. Trans. ASABE 2016, 59(5), 1009-1018.

Forbis-Stokes, A. A.; O'Meara, P. F.; Mugo, W.; Simiyu, G. M.; Deshusses, M. A., Onsite fecal sludge treatment with the Anaerobic Digestion Pasteurization Latrine. Environ. Eng. Sci., 2016, 33(11), 898-906. (open access) View

Schaefer, C. E.; Lavorgna, G. M.; Webster, T. S.; Deshusses, M. A.; Andaya, C.; Urtiaga, A., Pilot-scale electrochemical disinfection of surface water: Assessing disinfection by-product and free chlorine formation. Wat. Sci. Technol. 2016, (in press).