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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.

Man Holding Toilet Paper

May 18, 2020 | BBC CrowdScience

Does My Toilet Make Sense?

Despite being a universal need, talking about our toilet use and the infrastructure that aids us remains somewhat taboo. Whilst sectors like telecommunications and computing have undergone rapid transformations over the past century, the flush toilet and wastewater system have mostly remained [...]

Lena Trotochaud on Zoom during COVID-19

May 6, 2020

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 [...]

WHO COVID-19 Guidance

April 13, 2020

India Engineering Field Testing team to Share COVID-19 Recommendations

In response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Duke Center for WaSH-AID, through our India Engineering Field Testing project (India EFT), is working to share evidence-based recommendations with partners and community members to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are sourcing [...]

Edgard in Rwanda

April 3, 2020 | Duke University Pratt School of Engineering

Duke Engineer Wins Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

Edgard Ngaboyamahina, a research scientist in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Nanomaterials and Thin Films Lab and a member of the Duke Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease (WaSH-AID) team working to “Reinvent the Toilet,” has been awarded the  [...]

User Interface for Toilets in Durban, South Africa

February 25, 2020 | North Carolina Health News

Can a better toilet save lives? Duke researchers hope so.

University researchers are sharing more than $200 million in grant money from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop small-scale sanitation systems. An estimated 4.2 billion people worldwide lack safe human waste disposal systems.

Sanitation Hardware

February 17, 2020 | Pratt School of Engineering

Off-Grid Sanitation Systems Show Promise in Global Testing, Despite Toilet Paper Sabotage

In two new papers published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, engineers from Duke University report on results from the first large-scale, real-world field trials of critical components of their off-grid sanitation system.

Bass Connections Team

February 4, 2020 | Bass Connections

Smart Toilet Saves Vital Health Data from Getting Flushed

Some of the most important information about our health comes from an unexpected and decidedly icky source. Our daily excreta (yes, the feces and urine we flush away every day) can actually tell us a lot about our health and help us monitor our bodies for disease. A Bass Connections Team is working [...]

Dried Sludge

January 29, 2020

Fecal Sludge Drying

Fecal sludge is persnickety, to say the least. Team member Katelyn Sellgren joined a panel of experts for a webinar to explore the difficulties researchers face in the drying of fecal sludge and to discuss potential solutions to these challenges. Fecal sludge is pathogen-rich and drying mitigates [...]

Professor Jeffrey T. Glass

December 9, 2019

Rethinking Sanitation

On World Toilet Day, Center for WaSH-AID co-director and Duke professor Jeffrey T. Glass sat down with Juosie Loo at BFM89.9 - the Business Station - in Malaysia, to discuss headway being made to provide safe and effective sanitation to the 4.2 billion people who still lack this basic necessity.

Shannon Yee in South Africa

September 6, 2019 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Scientists sent people to the moon. Can they reinvent the toilet?

A globe-trotting team of researchers have been given a $13.5 million budget and 39 months to sort through the prototypes and remaining challenges of the Gates Foundation Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.

Researcher and Engineer in Kigali, Rwanda

August 30, 2019

An Unexpected Homecoming

For Research Scientist Edgard Ngaboyamahina, PhD, MBA, the path to building local capacity in his home country of Rwanda started with, of all things, a two-day trip to Indianapolis. We sat down with Edgard to learn more about his work at the Center for WaSH-AID, his newly formed company Simbuka, and the story of his homecoming after being away for almost 30 years.

Block of Toilets

August 28, 2019 | American Chemical Society

The Toilet Gets a Makeover

How chemistry is helping to solve the sanitation crisis in low-resource areas.

GA Tech Researchers

July 31, 2019 | Georgia Tech University

Reinvented Toilets Could Provide Safe Sanitation for 2.5 Billion People

Nicknamed G2RT - Generation 2 Reinvented Toilet - and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a new multi-year initiative will bring the dispersed efforts of the original Reinvent the Toilet Challenge together to focus on demonstrating prototypes of a single user reinvented toilet (SURT) that can be afforded by the world’s poorest.

Researchers Looking at Reclaimer

July 22, 2019

A Miniature Sanitation System in a Box

In 2011, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ignited their Reinvent the Toilet Challenge to encourage innovative approaches to safe and sustainable management of human waste in developing countries. Answering the call, Duke University’s Center for WaSH-AID collaborated with MSR to develop the Reclaimer, a miniature sanitation plant in a box. Learn how the Reclaimer came to be and what makes this piece of technology so profound.

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