Mark Wiesner

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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
  • Professor
  • Professor
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
  • Chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Contact Information:

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

Research Interests:

Membrane processes, nanostructured materials, transport and fate of nanomaterials in the environment, colloidal and interfacial processes, and environmental systems analysis


Environmental Engineering
Nanomaterial manufacturing and characterization
Water, Resources and Treatment
Environmental Impacts

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

  • AAAS Fellows. American Association for the Advancement of Science, The. 2009

Courses Taught:
  • CEE 393: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 492: Projects in Civil Engineering
  • CEE 493: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 494: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • CEE 560: Environmental Transport Phenomena
  • CEE 564: Physical Chemical Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 890: Special Readings in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • ENVIRON 899: Master's Project
  • MENG 550: Master of Engineering Internship/Project
  • MENG 551: Master of Engineering internship/Project Assessment

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • Erdim, E; Badireddy, AR; Wiesner, MR, Characterizing reactive oxygen generation and bacterial inactivation by a zerovalent iron-fullerene nano-composite device at neutral pH under UV-A illumination, Journal of Hazardous Materials, vol 283 (2015), pp. 80-88 [10.1016/j.jhazmat.2014.08.049] [abs].
    • Chae, SR; Hunt, DE; Ikuma, K; Yang, S; Cho, J; Gunsch, CK; Liu, J; Wiesner, MR, Aging of fullerene C₆₀ nanoparticle suspensions in the presence of microbes., Water Research, vol 65 (2014), pp. 282-289 [10.1016/j.watres.2014.07.038] [abs].
    • Auffan, M; Matson, CW; Rose, J; Arnold, M; Proux, O; Fayard, B; Liu, W; Chaurand, P; Wiesner, MR; Bottero, JY; Di Giulio, RT, Salinity-dependent silver nanoparticle uptake and transformation by Atlantic killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) embryos., Nanotoxicology (Informa), vol 8 Suppl 1 (2014), pp. 167-176 [10.3109/17435390.2013.869627] [abs].
    • Auffan, M; Tella, M; Santaella, C; Brousset, L; Paillès, C; Barakat, M; Espinasse, B; Artells, E; Issartel, J; Masion, A; Rose, J; Wiesner, MR; Achouak, W; Thiéry, A; Bottero, J-Y, An adaptable mesocosm platform for performing integrated assessments of nanomaterial risk in complex environmental systems, Scientific Reports, vol 4 (2014) [10.1038/srep05608] [abs].
    • Barton, LE; Auffan, M; Bertrand, M; Barakat, M; Santaella, C; Masion, A; Borschneck, D; Olivi, L; Roche, N; Wiesner, MR; Bottero, JY, Transformation of pristine and citrate-functionalized CeO2 nanoparticles in a laboratory-scale activated sludge reactor., Environmental Science & Technology, vol 48 no. 13 (2014), pp. 7289-7296 [10.1021/es404946y] [abs].
Honors and Awards
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1978.
  • National Science Foundation Undergraduate Investigator, 1978.
  • J.J. Barr Award of the National Association of Water Companies, 1985.
  • National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award, 1989-1991.
  • Association of Environmental Engineering Professors AWWA invited lecturer, 1993.
  • Rudolph Hering Medal, Environmental Engineering Division, ASCE, 1995.
  • Charles Duncan Award for Scholarship and Teaching, Rice University, 1998.
  • North American Membrane Society, Student Research Award (Vladimir Tarabara), 2003.
  • AIChE Graduate Research Award for Membrane-Based Separations (Vladimir Tarabara), 2003.
  • Pierre de Fermat Laureate and Chair of Excellence, French National Polytechnic Institute, Toulouse, 2004
  • AEESP Frontiers in Research Award, 2004
Professional Societies
  • American Chemical Society
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Water Works Association
  • International Water Association
  • North American Membrane Society
Professional and Service Activities
  • Associate Editor, Environmental Engineering Sciences
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1993-1999.
  • Gubernatorial Appointee, Texas Council on Environmental Technology, 2000 – 2004.
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member, European Center for Geosciences and Environment, Aix-en-Provence, France, 2003-present
  • Foresight Advisory Board, Suez-Environnement, Paris, France, 2004-present.
  • Rapporteur, French Ministry of Research and Education, 2002.
  • Consultant, USEPA Science Advisory Board, 1999.
  • Scientific Advisory Board Member, International Center for Water, Nancy, France, 1996-present.
  • Advisory Committee member, Universidad Nacional de Litoral, Santa Fe, Argentina, 1998.
  • Chair, Technical Review Panel of Life Support Systems for Station and Exploration, NASA, 1998.
  • Panel member, U.S.E.P.A. Blue Ribbon Panel on evaluating costs of Federal environmental regulations, 1996.
  • Committee member, Environmental Engineering Education Task Group, International Association on Water Quality 1994- 1998.
  • Founding Chair, American Water Works Association, Research Committee on Membrane Technology, 1988-1992.
  • Chair, American Water Work Association, Publications Award Committee, 1995-1997.
  • Panel member, Science panel of the Houston Environmental Foresight Committee, 1995.