Current Group Members

Francois Perreault

Francois Perreault

Principal Investigator

Dr. Francois Perreault joined the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University as an Assistant Professor in August 2015. Before joining ASU, he was a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. Dr. Perreault received his B.Sc in Environmental Biology (2006) from the University of Montreal. He then completed an M.Sc in Chemistry and Biochemistry (2008) and a Ph.D in Environmental Sciences (2012) in the Department of Chemistry and the Institute of Environmental Sciences of the University of Quebec in Montreal. In his work, he uses an interdisciplinary approach, combining microbiology, chemistry, and nanotechnology, to address critical issues related to water quality and water treatment. His current research focuses on the development of biofouling control strategies in engineered systems, the use of novel nanomaterials for water treatment technologies, and in understanding the fundamental interactions of nanomaterials with biological systems.

francois.perreault@asu.edu

Ana C. Barrios

Ana C. Barrios

Ph.D Student

Ana Barrios is a Ph.D. student in environmental engineering. Her research interests include water treatment technologies, material toxicity, and nanomaterials. She obtained her B.S. in Biochemistry with honors and her M.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Texas in El Paso. Her current research focuses on material optimization for bromide removal from surface water.

Douglas Z. Rice

Douglas Z. Rice

Ph.D Student

Douglas Rice is a PhD student in environmental engineering. His research interests include desalination, membranes, biofouling, scaling, drinking water, wastewater, industrial wastewater, water reuse, and nanomaterials. He graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with an M.S. in biology and a minor in French. From 2013-14 worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Poland researching healthcare.

Douglas Rice Resume

dzrice@asu.edu

Zhiwei Xiao

Zhiwei Xiao

Masters Student

Zhiwei Xiao is a first year master degree student. He received his bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Dalian University of Technology in July 2017. During his undergraduate study he participated in the College Students Innovative Entrepreneurial Training Program as an assistant and focused on the topic about Construction of Novel Cyclodextrin-Fe-TAML Catalytic System for Water Micropollutants Removal. He joined Dr. Perreault’s reserach group based on his interest in the application of nanomaterials in water treatment. He is interested in research about the membrane fouling and the performance and characteristic of nanomaterials, like the adsorption of contaminants by graphene sheet. MS.D. Student, Environmental Engineering, Arizona State University B.Eng. Environmental Engineering, Dalian University of Technology,2017

zxiao17@asu.edu

Kimaya Rajwade

Kimaya Rajwade

Master's Student

Kimya Rajwade is a master’s student in environmental engineering. Her research interests include membrane separation and distillation technologies facilitating wastewater treatment and desalination of brines. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Mumbai University.

Past Group Members

Tyson Waag

Master's Student

Tyson Waag is a master’s student in environmental engineering. His research interests are water/wastewater treatment, desalination, reverse osmosis membrane processes, and membrane biofouling reduction. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 2009-2013 as an Advanced Water Treatment Specialist. While he was in, he served one tour in Afghanistan where he purified over 4 million gallons of water in support of the troops and local populace. He obtained his B.S. in civil engineering from Arizona State University and is currently finishing his M.S. in environmental and sustainable engineering. He is graduating in Fall 2018 and hopes to become a part of the water resources team at Wenck Enterprise, Inc..

Stephanie Bone

Stephanie Bone

M.Sc. (2017), Current Position: Assistant Research Technologist

Stephanie Bone is developing a novel methodological platform to study physicochemical interactions between waterborne viruses and bacteria. She is currently cultivating and analyzing E. coli and T4 bacteriophage on amine-functionalized silica surface  through physisoprtion and chemisorption methods. Her and Dr. Perreault are writing  a scientific paper to be published for scientific journal to be determined.

Stephanie Bone Resume

 srbone@asu.edu

Koen Nijssen

Koen Nijssen

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Koen Nijssen is a senior civil (sustainable) engineering from the Netherlands. Throughout his time at ASU, Koen has shown to be involved both in- and outside of his major, and is currently conducting research for the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) on controlled delivery of encapsulated nano-fertilizer. Outside of school, he loves to travel whenever time allows it and has a deep passion for skiing. In the future, Koen hopes to continue taking on challenges and eventually wants to become an entrepreneur.

Koen Nijssen Resume

knijssen@asu.edu

Alissa Albrecht

Alissa Albrecht

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Alissa Albretch is currently pursuing a BSE in Civil Engineering at Arizona State University, with a focus on Environmental Engineering and a minor in Urban Planning. For the past year,  she have been developing graphene oxide membranes for use in desalination systems as part of her undergraduate thesis for Barrett, the Honors College at ASU. She is also continuing this research for Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI).  Eventually, she hopes to go to graduate school and continue studying water filtration.

Alissa Albrecht Resume

alissa.albrecht@asu.edu

Adam Inurria

Adam Inurria

M.Sc. (2017), Current Position: Water Sustainability Expert

Siddharth Gupta, EIT

Siddharth Gupta, EIT

M.Sc. (2017), Current Position: R& D engineer

Siddharth Gupta is currently working as an R& D engineer with a Delhi based Engineering firm and open to talking about applied research solution in tackling waste water abatement systems. Previously, worked as a Research Aide for Dr. Francois.

siddharthgupta.ce@gmail.com

Akshay More

Akshay More

M.Sc. (2017), Current Position: Graduate Environmental Engineer

Chay (Charles) Dahill

Chay (Charles) Dahill

NEWT Research Experience for Teachers program participant

Chay Dahill spent the summer of 2017 working in Prof. Francois Perreault’s lab through the NEWT Research Experience for Teachers program.  As of 2017, Chay has been teaching high school science in Phoenix, Arizona for five years.  He teaches Physics and Earth Science to juniors and seniors. While in Prof. Perreault’s lab, Chay ran a membrane distillation of model brackish water experiment.  As the brackish water would reach certain concentration levels, Chay would remove the membrane to analyze the precipitating species on it.  Chay also used the computer programs Visual MINTEQ and MINTEQA2 to model the change of the water chemistry and create a list of of possible precipitates to expect on the membrane. B.A Physics, University of Arizona 2007 M.A Museum Studies, New York University 2010 M.Ed Secondary Education, University of Arizona, 2012

Skyler Henry

Skyler Henry

NEWT Research Experience for Undergraduates program participant

Skyler Henry worked in Dr. Perreault’s lab for 10 weeks in the Summer of 2017 as part of the Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Research Experience for Undergraduates Program. A recent graduate from Glendale Community College with an Associates in Science, she is currently a third-year transfer student at UC Berkeley, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and is pursuing a career in biochemical research. During her time in Dr. Perreault’s lab, she sought to determine how the water recovery by a membrane distillation process was limited by the nucleation of inorganic species that block the pores of the membrane and increase the feed water’s resistance to flow. She worked to identify the recovery limit for a brackish oil and gas produced water by monitoring permeate flux during recovery, and to characterize the membrane fouling using scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, optical coherence tomography, and ion chromatography. Skyler hopes to one day pursue her own research in the fields of biochemistry, toxicology, nanotechnology, carcinogenesis, and chemical biology.

Dianne Carrillo

NEWT Research Experience for Undergraduates program participant

Richard Daines

NEWT Research Experience for Teachers program participant