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.

Field Engineer Testing the Reclaimer Technology

July 18, 2019

Field-Testing the Reclaimer

The Center for WaSH-AID and Mountain Safety Research have partnered to create the Reclaimer, a compact, prototype wastewater treatment system that creates safe, clean water that can be reused for flushing, washing, or irrigation. Learn about the team’s in-field testing from Brian Hawkins, the project’s lead engineer.


June 10, 2019

James Thostensen, PhD, Receives Dissertation Award

James (Jimmy) Thostensen, PhD, is one of two winners of the 2019 Outstanding Dissertation Award conveyed by Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


March 1, 2019 | MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review

Sanitation without sewers is included in the list of MIT Technology Review's ten breakthrough technologies that will change the world for the better in 2019. 

January 9, 2019 | Duke MEDx News

Fecal matters: Learning about health through waste

A 2019-2020 Bass Connections Project will offer students the opportunity to explore the potential of a "Smart Toilet" to monitor wellness and disease.

Community leader

November 23, 2018 | BBC News

Why do billions of people still lack basic sanitation?

Hi-tech loos that use little or no water and can recycle waste products safely and sustainably promise to give billions of people around the world access to much-needed sanitation. So why do so many still lack this basic amenity?

computer models of technology

November 19, 2018

Reinvented Toilets to Debut In Two Indian Cities

Plan includes densely populated Warangal in Telangana and Narsapur in Andhra Pradesh


November 6, 2018 | Popular Science

Engineering a better toilet could save millions of lives

Duke University engineering professor and WaSH-AID's entrepreneurship lead, Jeffrey Glass, was quoted in 'Popular Science' after the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing

prototype rendering

November 5, 2018

Automated Feminine Hygiene Disposal for Developing Communities

Demonstration system manufactured through global partnership is the size of carry-on luggage

flush handle of urinal

November 5, 2018 | Duke Stories

Reinventing the Toilet: Seeking a ‘Safe and Dignified Solution’ to the Sanitation Crisis

Supported through multiple grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Center for WaSH-AID and two emerging technologies hope to reshape the lives and health of billions of people both worldwide and at home

WaSH-AID Office

October 24, 2018

Improving Health

Imagine a perfect world. Children in developing nations no longer die from diseases caused by poor sanitation. Global challenges call for more than creative approaches—they call for optimistic outlooks.

Textile mill in Coimbatore

April 3, 2018 | Duke Engineering News

"Duke's Community-Based Toilet System Begins Testing in India"

Researchers at Duke University have installed an experimental “reinvented toilet” at a textile mill in Coimbatore, India, to serve as a real-world testing site.

Biomass Controls logo

January 30, 2018

Biomass Controls Expands to Durham, NC

Biomass Controls recently opened a new laboratory and office in Durham, NC to accommodate growth and leverage opportunities.

Brian Stoner with one of the prototype sanitation systems

August 28, 2017 | Duke Today

Duke, RTI International Partner on Improved Global Sanitation

Building off two grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Duke University and its partners hope to become an international hub for studying practical, scalable solutions to the waste treatment and sanitation problem.