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
  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engi
  • 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

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. American Society of Civil Engineers. 1995
  • 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 494: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • 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:

  • Nowack, B; Wiesner, M; Kaegi, R, State of science in nano and environment, vol 10 (2018) [10.1016/j.impact.2018.03.002] [abs].
  • Yuan, L; Richardson, CJ; Ho, M; Willis, CW; Colman, BP; Wiesner, MR, Stress Responses of Aquatic Plants to Silver Nanoparticles., Environmental Science & Technology, vol 52 no. 5 (2018), pp. 2558-2565 [10.1021/acs.est.7b05837] [abs].
  • Shan, D; Deng, S; He, C; Li, J; Wang, H; Jiang, C; Yu, G; Wiesner, MR, Intercalation of rigid molecules between carbon nanotubes for adsorption enhancement of typical pharmaceuticals, Chemical Engineering Journal, vol 332 (2018), pp. 102-108 [10.1016/j.cej.2017.09.054] [abs].
  • Pitt, JA; Kozal, JS; Jayasundara, N; Massarsky, A; Trevisan, R; Geitner, N; Wiesner, M; Levin, ED; Di Giulio, RT, Uptake, tissue distribution, and toxicity of polystyrene nanoparticles in developing zebrafish (Danio rerio)., Aquatic Toxicology, vol 194 (2018), pp. 185-194 [10.1016/j.aquatox.2017.11.017] [abs].
  • Farner Budarz, J; Cooper, EM; Gardner, C; Hodzic, E; Ferguson, PL; Gunsch, CK; Wiesner, MR, Chlorpyrifos degradation via photoreactive TiO2 nanoparticles: Assessing the impact of a multi-component degradation scenario., Journal of Hazardous Materials (2017) [10.1016/j.jhazmat.2017.12.028] [abs].