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Detection and Destruction of Dangerous Water Pollutants


Air Force Institute of Technology

RO# Location
13.50.00.B7801 AFIT, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337542


name email phone
Willie F Harper 937.255.3636 ext 4528


Water quality is central to the health and well-being of the warfighter and it is an essential focus of the environmental stewardship activities of the DOD. We are interested in novel biological and abiotic processes that can destroy or detect dangerous chemicals. Projects typically combine traditional research approaches, such as mathematical modeling and laboratory-scale experimentation, with the modern tools from bio- and organic chemistry, and research based on this combination uncovers knowledge and provides exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.



Harper WF Jr, Takeuchi Y, Riya S, Hosomi M, Terada A: Novel abiotic reactions increase nitrous oxide production during partial nitrification: Modeling and experiments. Chemical Engineering Journal 281: 1017-1023, 2015

Rauglas E, Martin S, Bailey K, Magnuson M, Phillips P, Harper WF Jr: The effect of malathion on the activity, performance, and microbial ecology of activated sludge. Journal of Environmental Management 183: 220-228, 2016

Scott R, Mudimbi P, Miller ME, Magnuson M, Willison S, Phillips R, Harper WF Jr: Advanced oxidation of tartrazine and brilliant blue with pulsed ultraviolet light emitting diodes. Water Environment Research 89: 24-31, 2017

Terada A, Sugawara S, Hojo K, Takeuchi Y, Riya S, Harper WF Jr, et al: Hybrid nitrous oxide production from partial nitrifying bioreactor: hydroxylamine interactions with nitrite. Environmental Science and Technology 51(5): 2748-2756, 2017


Biodegradation; Advanced oxidation; Biosensors; Microbial fuel cells; Neural networks; Biochemistry; Microbial ecology; Electron density; Electron transfer;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$76,542.00 $4,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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