Marc A. Deshusses

Marc Deshusses

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
  • Research Professor of Global Health
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 1994

Research Interests

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

Courses Taught

  • CEE 293: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 462L: Biological Principles in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 490: Special Topics in Civil Engineering
  • CEE 492: Projects in Civil Engineering
  • CEE 562: Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • ENRGYEGR 490LK: Advanced Topics in Energy Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Miller, A; Espanani, R; Junker, A; Hendry, D; Wilkinson, N; Bollinger, D; Abelleira-Pereira, JM; Deshusses, MA; Inniss, E; Jacoby, W, Supercritical water oxidation of a model fecal sludge without the use of a co-fuel., Chemosphere, vol 141 (2015), pp. 189-196 [abs].
  • Colón, J; Forbis-Stokes, AA; Deshusses, MA, Anaerobic digestion of undiluted simulant human excreta for sanitation and energy recovery in less-developed countries, Energy for Sustainable Development, vol 29 (2015), pp. 57-64 [10.1016/j.esd.2015.09.005] [abs].
  • Shen, L; Sun, Z; Chu, Y; Zou, J; Deshusses, MA, Novel sulfonated Nafion®-based composite membranes with pillararene as selective artificial proton channels for application in direct methanol fuel cells, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, vol 40 no. 38 (2015), pp. 13071-13079 [10.1016/j.ijhydene.2015.07.073] [abs].
  • Kucharzyk, KH; Deshusses, MA; Porter, KA; Hsu-Kim, H, Relative contributions of mercury bioavailability and microbial growth rate on net methylmercury production by anaerobic mixed cultures., Environmental Sciences: Processes and Impacts, vol 17 no. 9 (2015), pp. 1568-1577 [abs].
  • Worley-Morse, TO; Deshusses, MA; Gunsch, CK, Reduction of invasive bacteria in ethanol fermentations using bacteriophages., Biotechnology & Bioengineering, vol 112 no. 8 (2015), pp. 1544-1553 [abs].

Additional Information

Professional Society Service:

  • Member American Chemical Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Air and Waste Management Association, Water Environment Federation, American Society for Engineering Education
  • Member [by invitation], External Advisory Committee, NASA Purdue Advanced Life Support Center NSCORT [03-06, Chair of that committee for 2003-2004]
  • Co-Editor: Chemical Engineering Journal (Environmental Chemical Engineering Section)
  • Editorial boards: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology [99 - 02; 03 - present]; Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology [03 – present]
  • Reviewer of a over 200 papers for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering Science, Environmental Science and Technology, J. of Environmental Engineering, Environmental Catalysis, J. of the Air & Waste Management Association, Environmental Progress, J. of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology, TIBTECH, etc.