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
  • Director of Energy Education in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke Kunshan University
  • Research Professor of Global Health
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information

Education

  • Ph.D. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland), 1994

Research Interests

Design, analysis and application of remediation, waste-to-energy and decentralized sanitation processes, including novel reactors and processes for air, water and solid wastes treatment.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • AAAS Fellow. American Association for the Advancement of Science. 2006

Courses Taught

  • CEE 294: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 394: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 462L: Applied Biological Principles and Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 490: Special Topics 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: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 562: Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 562L: Applied Biological Principles and Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 692: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Deaton, K. E., L. R. López de León, S. Pascual, and M. A. Deshusses. “Critical assessment of gassing-in methods to determine mass transfer coefficient in miniature and microbioreactors with gas-liquid flow.” Biochemical Engineering Journal 187 (November 1, 2022). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bej.2022.108655.
  • Rocha-Melogno, Lucas, Katherine C. Crank, Olivia Ginn, Michael H. Bergin, Joe Brown, Gregory C. Gray, Kerry A. Hamilton, Kyle Bibby, and Marc A. Deshusses. “Quantitative microbial risk assessment of outdoor aerosolized pathogens in cities with poor sanitation.” The Science of the Total Environment 827 (June 2022): 154233. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.154233.
  • Straube, Tobias L., Stewart Farling, Marc A. Deshusses, Bruce Klitzman, Ira M. Cheifetz, and Travis P. Vesel. “Intravascular Gas Exchange: Physiology, Literature Review, and Current Efforts.” Respir Care 67, no. 4 (April 2022): 480–93. https://doi.org/10.4187/respcare.09288.
  • Ginn, Olivia, Lucas Rocha-Melogno, Aaron Bivins, Sarah Lowry, Maria Cardelino, Dennis Nichols, Sachchida Nand Tripathi, et al. “Detection and Quantification of Enteric Pathogens in Aerosols Near Open Wastewater Canals in Cities with Poor Sanitation.” Environmental Science & Technology 55, no. 21 (November 2021): 14758–71. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c05060.
  • Rocha-Melogno, Lucas, Katherine Crank, Michael H. Bergin, Gregory C. Gray, Kyle Bibby, and Marc A. Deshusses. “Quantitative risk assessment of COVID-19 aerosol transmission indoors: a mechanistic stochastic web application.” Environmental Technology, November 2021, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593330.2021.1998228.