Water & Sanitation

Our research focuses on the development of decentralized waste treatment solutions in resource-limited environments.  In many disadvantaged communities around the world, in the United States, and in our home state of North Carolina, there is a lack of safe, effective and affordable sanitation solutions for the treatment of human waste and other contaminated wastewaters.

Our Approach

The Center for WaSH-AID leverages expertise from across Duke and our international partnerships to develop innovative technologies, business models and policy insights to address the global sanitation crisis.  We are grounded in the belief that success will be enhanced by the ability of our team, partners and stakeholders to successfully transition technology-enabled solutions from the laboratory into the field and ultimately into successful products.  Our team of engineers, scientists, economists, and policy experts work with industry partners and entrepreneurs to effectively accelerate solutions from ideas to demonstration to impactful products that can be commercialized in countries and regions of interest.

Current Projects Include:

  • Gates Foundation Reinvent the Toilet Challenge
  • Value Engineering Analysis of a Central Waste Treatment Facility for India
  • Novel Approaches for Sludge Dewatering and Drying
  • Global Meta-Ohmics Analysis of Pit Latrines in India and South Africa
  • Development of a Compact Combustor Using Human Feces as a Fuel Source
  • Thermal to Electrical Energy Conversion Technology for Biomass Incineration