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Engineering the End of Forever
A tale of two Duke CEE researchers working to identify and obliterate the “forever chemicals” tainting North Carolina’s drinking water.
New project funded by DARPA
Phase I STTR was awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for a project entitled Multiplexed Biofiltration of Volatile Organic Compounds. The project will be performed as a collaboration between the Warner Babcock Institute for...
Paper Selected as High Impact Article
On-Site Fecal Sludge Treatment with the Anaerobic Digestion Pasteurization Latrineselected by EES as a top-read article of 2016.
New PhD candidates join the Deshusses’ lab
Two new PhD candidates join the Deshusses’ lab: Kelsey Deaton and Siddharth Kawadiya. Siddharth had been working in our lab for about a year on biotreatment for odor control; he now officially joins our PhD program. Welcome!
Publications on swine waste to energy project
Two peer-reviewed journal articles published on the Loyd Ray Farms swine waste to energy project. Design and assessment of an innovative swine waste to renewable energy system (Transactions of the ASABE, in-press) Performance evaluation of a full-...
New anaerobic digesters
Aaron Forbis-Stokes designs new anaerobic digesters (anaerobic baffled reactors) using computational fluid dynamics (CFD), have them built in Nairobi and installs them at our test sites in Eldoret, Kenya.
Second Water-Energy Workshop
Marc Deshusses, Avner Vengosh, and Erika Weinthal cohost the Second Water-Energy Workshop at Duke Kunshan University, October 14-15, 2015.
We are Making Biocatalytic Surfaces with Bacterial Paints!
View article published in the journal Biotechnology and Bioengineering.
3 New Papers In-Press or Published
A few papers are in press or published, including: "A robust framework to predict mercury speciation in combustion flue gases" (HAZMAT) "Application of the finite difference method to model pH and substrate concentration in a double-chamber microbial...
Completion Nears for Supercritical Oxidation Unit
Our supercritical water oxidation unit for neighborhood sanitation is nearing completion: see timeline and pictures. Thanks to Andy Miller from Jacoby's lab in Mizzou for helping with construction during the summer.
Group Member Updates
We are saying bye to Mustafa Aslan and Renxi Zhang, after one year sabbatical in the Deshusses' lab. Mustafa produced hydrogen from duckweed by dark-fermentation and Renxi worked on control of fecal odors. We are welcoming new graduate student Trisha...
Gates Foundation Toilet Fair in New Delhi
We are showcasing our two sanitation projects at the Gates Foundation Toilet Fair in New Delhi. Here are the links for two videos on the projects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbEHVWEQ84Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQAZWjwkrG0 and below are...
Derek Chitwood Visits Lab
Old friend visiting: Derek Chitwood, postdoc in Deshusses' lab in around 2000 made a quick stop at Duke at the occasion of UNC's Conference on Water and Health. Derek now heads an NGO in Southwest China. They make simple clay/ceramic filters that...