Mark R. 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
  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engi
  • Professor of Environmental Science and Policy
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

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

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
  • 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

  • CEE 560: Environmental Transport Phenomena
  • CEE 564: Physical Chemical Processes in Environmental Engineering
  • 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

  • De Silva Indrasekara, AS; Norton, SJ; Geitner, NK; Crawford, BM; Wiesner, MR; Vo-Dinh, T, Tailoring the Core-Satellite Nanoassembly Architectures by Tuning Internanoparticle Electrostatic Interactions., Langmuir : the Acs Journal of Surfaces and Colloids (2018) [10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b02792] [abs].
  • Avellan, A; Simonin, M; McGivney, E; Bossa, N; Spielman-Sun, E; Rocca, JD; Bernhardt, ES; Geitner, NK; Unrine, JM; Wiesner, MR; Lowry, GV, Gold nanoparticle biodissolution by a freshwater macrophyte and its associated microbiome., Nature Nanotechnology, vol 13 no. 11 (2018), pp. 1072-1077 [10.1038/s41565-018-0231-y] [abs].
  • Kose Mutlu, B; Cantoni, B; Turolla, A; Antonelli, M; Hsu-Kim, H; Wiesner, MR, Application of nanofiltration for Rare Earth Elements recovery from coal fly ash leachate: Performance and cost evaluation, Chemical Engineering Journal, vol 349 (2018), pp. 309-317 [10.1016/j.cej.2018.05.080] [abs].
  • Bai, L; Liu, Y; Bossa, N; Ding, A; Ren, N; Li, G; Liang, H; Wiesner, MR, Incorporation of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNCs) into the Polyamide Layer of Thin-Film Composite (TFC) Nanofiltration Membranes for Enhanced Separation Performance and Antifouling Properties., Environmental Science & Technology, vol 52 no. 19 (2018), pp. 11178-11187 [10.1021/acs.est.8b04102] [abs].
  • Simonin, M; Colman, BP; Anderson, SM; King, RS; Ruis, MT; Avellan, A; Bergemann, CM; Perrotta, BG; Geitner, NK; Ho, M; de la Barrera, B; Unrine, JM; Lowry, GV; Richardson, CJ; Wiesner, MR; Bernhardt, ES, Engineered nanoparticles interact with nutrients to intensify eutrophication in a wetland ecosystem experiment., Ecological Applications : a Publication of the Ecological Society of America, vol 28 no. 6 (2018), pp. 1435-1449 [10.1002/eap.1742] [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.