Mark Wiesner

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Wiesner's research interests include membrane processes, nanostructured materials, transport and fate of nanomaterials in the environment, nano plastics, colloidal and interfacial processes, and environmental systems analysis.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor of Environmental Science and Policy
  • Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Contact Information

Education

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

Research Interests

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

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Fellow. Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. 2015
  • Highly Cited Researcher 2015-2023. Clarivate Analytics/ Web of Science. 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
  • Pierre de Fermat Lauréat and Chair of Excellence. L’Institut National Polytechnique, Toulouse, France. 2004
  • Frontiers in Research Award. Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. 2004
  • Charles Duncan Award for Scholarship and Teaching. Rice University. 1998
  • Rudolph Hering Medal. American Society of Civil Engineers. 1995
  • Rudolph Hering Medal. Environmental Engineering Division, ASCE. 1995
  • J.J. Barr Award. National Association of Water Companies. 1985
  • Member. Phi Beta Kappa. 1978
  • Undergraduate Investigator. National Science Foundation. 1978

Courses Taught

  • ENVIRON 899: Master's Project
  • CEE 692: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 691: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 564: Physical Chemical Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 560: Environmental Transport Phenomena
  • CEE 494: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Liu, Y., J. Yang, L. Bai, D. Qu, Z. Liu, Z. Wang, M. R. Wiesner, and H. Liang. “Mechanistic insights of nanofillers tuning polymer microstructures for enhanced separation performance of nanofiltration membrane (Accepted).” Separation and Purification Technology 341 (August 9, 2024). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2024.126847.
  • Amos, Jaleesia D., Zhao Zhang, Yuan Tian, Gregory V. Lowry, Mark R. Wiesner, and Christine Ogilvie Hendren. “Knowledge and Instance Mapping: architecture for premeditated interoperability of disparate data for materials.” Scientific Data 11, no. 1 (February 2024): 173. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-024-03006-8.
  • Sipe, J. M., W. Berger, N. Bossa, M. Chernick, K. C. K. Scott, A. Kennedy, M. Ballentine, T. Thomas, C. O. Hendren, and M. R. Wiesner. “Quantifying mechanical abrasion of AgNP nanocomposites: influence of AgNP content on abrasion products and rate of microplastic production.” Environmental Science: Nano, January 1, 2024. https://doi.org/10.1039/d3en00888f.
  • Hicks, Ethan, Nicholas M. K. Rogers, Christine Ogilvie Hendren, Meta J. Kuehn, and Mark R. Wiesner. “Extracellular Vesicles and Bacteriophages: New Directions in Environmental Biocolloid Research.” Environ Sci Technol 57, no. 44 (November 7, 2023): 16728–42. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.3c05041.
  • Rogers, Nicholas M. K., Ethan Hicks, Christopher Kan, Ethan Martin, Lijia Gao, Clariss Limso, Christine Ogilvie Hendren, Meta Kuehn, and Mark R. Wiesner. “Characterizing the Transport and Surface Affinity of Extracellular Vesicles Isolated from Yeast and Bacteria in Well-Characterized Porous Media.” Environ Sci Technol 57, no. 35 (September 5, 2023): 13182–92. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.3c03700.