Duke University Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease

The Duke University Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease (WaSH-AID) is a collaborative translational research team working closely with more than 20 academic, non-profit, and private industry partners around the world to facilitate the development and sustainable deployment of novel technology-based solutions for health and environmental challenges.

Our research ranges from the design, engineering and field testing of decentralized onsite waste treatment technologies to the exploration of sensors, diagnostics and machine learning to detect pre-symptomatic disease at the individual and community level. 

To achieve our mission, we:

  • Leverage cross-disciplinary expertise and partnerships
  • Work along a continuum from basic and translational science to prototyping, field-testing and commercialization
  • Embrace a user-centered philosophy in all stages of research and development
  • Seek to empower women and girls with gender transformative solutions 


Lena Trotochaud on Zoom during COVID-19


Talking Chemistry in the time of COVID-19

Although a visit to the Duke University Center for WaSH-AID was not in the cards, researcher Lena Trotochaud, Ph.D., recently found a way to share her expertise with a group of more than 40 curious high school students from Westhill High School in Syracuse, New York. Through Skype-a-Scientist, a [...]

Recent News

Toilet Paper on Blue Background

October 8, 2020 | Science News for Students

A dirty and growing problem: Too few toilets

A flying toilet might sound cool. You could imagine a hovercraft into which you can pee or poop. But the reality is a lot less fun. A flying toilet is a plastic bag into which someone relieves himself. Then? It’s thrown away. Pretty gross, right? So why would anyone do that? Because a great many [...]

Menstrual Pad

October 7, 2020 | Pratt School of Engineering

Safe Hygiene for Everyone, Period

Women and girls who menstruate are disproportionately affected when access to safely managed sanitation is lacking. Duke ECE engineer Sonia Grego and the team at the Center for WaSH-AID want to change that.

Toilet on Blue Background

September 18, 2020 | Pratt School of Engineering

Reclaiming Water from Waste

Washing our hands with soap and running water for at least twenty seconds helps prevent the spread of pathogens. For areas of the world where water is scarce, ECE faculty member Brian Stoner and his colleagues at WaSH-AID are reclaiming usable water from an unlikely source.