Bruce Rittmann

  • Distinguished Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Regents' Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • Director, Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Biodesign Institute

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Arizona State University
PO Box 875701
Tempe, AZ 85287-5701
USA
480-727-0434
Email: rittmann@asu.edu

Biography

Dr. Rittmann's research is aimed at developing microbiological systems that capture renewable resources and also minimize environmental pollution. His work combines engineering with microbiology, biochemistry, geochemistry and microbial ecology to address fundamental and applied issues in the biological treatment of waters and wastewater, the bioremediation of contaminated aquifers and soils, and the recovery of energy from waste materials. Dr. Rittmann, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, is known for pioneering the development of biofilm fundamentals and contributing to their widespread use in the cleanup of contaminated waters, soils, and ecosystems. He is also a recognized leader in the development of the Membrane Biofilm Reactor, an approach that uses bacteria to destroy pollutants in water. Dr. Rittmann also explores microbial fuel cells, which utilize organic materials in water to generate electricity directly. He has served as editor-in-chief of Biodegradation and is on the editorial advisory board of Environmental Science & Technology. Dr. Rittmann is a Fellow of the AAAS, a recipient of the Clarke Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Water Science and Technology, a winner of the Huber Research Prize from ASCE, and one of the world's most highly cited researchers, according to ISI. He teaches courses on Advanced Environmental Biotechnology and on Introduction to Environmental Engineering. Dr. Rittmann is also a 2011 International Water Association Fellow.

Expertise

environment; biotechnology; bioenergy; biofilms; microbial ecology

Education

    Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 1979

    M.S., Environmental Engineering, Washington University, 1974

    B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington University, 1974

Journal Articles

2013

Yuan, W., M. Wiehn, Y. Wang, H. W. Kim, B. E. Rittmann and D. R. Nielsen. 2013. Solid-phase extraction of long-chain fatty acids from aqueous solution. Separation and Purification Technology 106:1-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2012.12.025. (link)

Conference Papers

2012

2012. Ecosystem Services: Charting a Path to Sustainability. In: Carpenter, S. R., A. V. Diez Roux, G. Hornberger, H. Mooney, M. G. Morgan, R. Morgan, S. P. Murphy, S. Polasky, W. Reid, B. E. Rittmann and B. L. Turner II eds., Washington, DC. Interdisciplinary Research Team Summaries from 10-13 November 2011 Conference at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center,. (link)

Atsurni, S., J. M. Berman, G. Dantas, C. M. Febria, W. Liao, M. Talley, B. Tansel, K. M. Twigg, P. K. Westerhoff and F. You. 2012. IDR Team Summary 2: Identify what resources can be produced renewably or recovered by developing intense technologies that can be applied on a massive scale. In: Carpenter, S. R., A. V. Diez Roux, G. Hornberger, H. Mooney, M. G. Morgan, R. Morss, S. P. Murphy, S. Polasky, W. Reid, B. E. Rittmann and B. L. Turner II eds., Washington, DC. Interdisciplinary Research Team Summaries from 10-13 November 2011 Conference at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center,. (link)

Brouder, S. M., F. A. DeClerck, P. S. Kettlewell, A. M. Latta, E. F. Moran, S. C. Murray, T. L. Rabaey, P. K. Riggs, J. B. Ristaino, D. Rose and O. E. Sala. 2012. IDR Team Summary 5: Design production systems for ecosystem services that improve human outcomes related to food and nutrition. In: Carpenter, S. R., A. V. Diez Roux, G. Hornberger, H. Mooney, M. G. Morgan, R. Morss, S. P. Murphy, S. Polasky, W. Reid, B. E. Rittmann and B. L. Turner II eds., Washington, DC. Interdisciplinary Research Team Summaries from 10-13 November 2011 Conference at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center,. (link)