Mark R. 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
  • W. H. Gardner, Jr. Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering
  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Professor of Environmental Science and Policy
  • Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

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

  • 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
  • Rudolph Hering Medal. Environmental Engineering Division, ASCE. 1995
  • J.J. Barr Award. National Association of Water Companies. 1985
  • Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Kappa. 1978

Courses Taught

  • CEE 393: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 492: Independent Study in Civil and Environmental 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
  • 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

  • Hussain, S; Kodavanti, PP; Marshburn, JD; Janoshazi, A; Marinakos, SM; George, M; Rice, A; Wiesner, MR; Garantziotis, S, Decreased Uptake and Enhanced Mitochondrial Protection Underlie Reduced Toxicity of Nanoceria in Human Monocyte-Derived Macrophages., Journal of biomedical nanotechnology, vol 12 no. 12 (2016), pp. 2139-2150 [10.1166/jbn.2016.2320] [abs].
  • Kwok, KWH; Dong, W; Marinakos, SM; Liu, J; Chilkoti, A; Wiesner, MR; Chernick, M; Hinton, DE, Silver nanoparticle toxicity is related to coating materials and disruption of sodium concentration regulation., Nanotoxicology (Informa), vol 10 no. 9 (2016), pp. 1306-1317 [10.1080/17435390.2016.1206150] [abs].
  • Xie, P; de Lannoy, C-F; Ma, J; Wang, Z; Wang, S; Li, J; Wiesner, MR, Improved chlorine tolerance of a polyvinyl pyrrolidone-polysulfone membrane enabled by carboxylated carbon nanotubes., Water Research, vol 104 (2016), pp. 497-506 [10.1016/j.watres.2016.08.029] [abs].
  • Zhang, Z; Gao, P; Qiu, Y; Liu, G; Feng, Y; Wiesner, M, Transport of cerium oxide nanoparticles in saturated silica media: influences of operational parameters and aqueous chemical conditions., Scientific Reports, vol 6 (2016) [10.1038/srep34135] [abs].
  • Lefevre, E; Bossa, N; Wiesner, MR; Gunsch, CK, A review of the environmental implications of in situ remediation by nanoscale zero valent iron (nZVI): Behavior, transport and impacts on microbial communities., Science of the Total Environment, vol 565 (2016), pp. 889-901 [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.02.003] [abs].

Additional Information

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.