Marc A. 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
  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke Kunshan University
  • Research Professor of Global Health
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information


  • Ph.D. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 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 462L: Biological Principles in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 490: Special Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 493: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 562: Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 691: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 780: Internship

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Dupnock, TL; Deshusses, MA, Detailed investigations of dissolved hydrogen and hydrogen mass transfer in a biotrickling filter for upgrading biogas., Bioresource Technology, vol 290 (2019) [10.1016/j.biortech.2019.121780] [abs].
  • López de León, LR; Deaton, KE; Deshusses, MA, Miniaturized Biotrickling Filters and Capillary Microbioreactors for Process Intensification of VOC Treatment with Intended Application to Indoor Air., Environmental Science & Technology, vol 53 no. 3 (2019), pp. 1518-1526 [10.1021/acs.est.8b05209] [abs].
  • Farling, S; Rogers, T; Knee, JS; Tilley, EA; Brown, J; Deshusses, MA, Bioaerosol emissions associated with pit latrine emptying operations., The Science of the Total Environment, vol 648 (2019), pp. 1082-1086 [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.147] [abs].
  • Raut, AS; Parker, CB; Klem, EJD; Stoner, BR; Deshusses, MA; Glass, JT, Reduction in energy for electrochemical disinfection of E. coli in urine simulant., Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, vol 49 no. 5 (2019), pp. 443-453 [10.1007/s10800-019-01292-4] [abs].
  • Thostenson, JO; Mourouvin, R; Hawkins, BT; Ngaboyamahina, E; Sellgren, KL; Parker, CB; Deshusses, MA; Stoner, BR; Glass, JT, Improved blackwater disinfection using potentiodynamic methods with oxidized boron-doped diamond electrodes., Water Research, vol 140 (2018), pp. 191-199 [10.1016/j.watres.2018.04.022] [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.