Water & Sanitation

Our research focuses on the development of decentralized waste treatment solutions in resource-constrained 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. Simultaneously, increasing urbanization and water scarcity contribute to the need for new approaches to how households and communities can recycle and reuse critical resources, such as water and energy.  

Our Approach

The Center for WaSH-AID partners with experts at Duke and around the world to develop innovative technologies, business models and policy insights to address the global sanitation crisis. Our team of engineers, scientists, economists and policy experts work with industry partners and entrepreneurs to design user-centered technologies that are modular and scalable, capable of meeting the needs of various communities 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