Bruce Rittmann

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

rittmann@asu.edu
480-727-0434

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Arizona State University
PO Box 875701
Tempe, AZ 85287-5701
USA

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.

PhD, Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 1979

MS, Environmental Engineering, Washington University, 1974

BS, Civil Engineering, Washington University, 1974

Journal Articles

2015

Gifford, M., J. Liu, B. E. Rittmann, R. Vannela and P. Westerhoff. 2015. Phosphorus recovery from microbial biofuel residual using microwave peroxide digestion and anion exchange. Water Research 70:130-137. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.11.052. (link)

2014

Ekre, R., P. C. Johnson, B. E. Rittmann and R. Krajmalnik-Brown. 2014. Method for assessing source zone natural depletion at chlorinated aliphatic spill sites. Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation 34(2):60-70. DOI: 10.1111/gwmr.12049. (link)

Ontiveros Valencia, A. V., Y. Tang, R. Krajmalnik-Brown and B. E. Rittmann. 2014. Managing the interactions between sulfate- and perchlorate-reducing bacteria when using hydrogen-fed biofilms to treat a groundwater with a high perchlorate concentration. Water Research 55:215-224. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.02.020. (link)

Ontiveros Valencia, A., Y. Tang, H. Zhao, D. Friese, R. Overstreet, J. Smith, P. Evans, B. Rittmann and R. Krajmalnik-Brown. 2014. Pyrosequencing analysis yields comprehensive assessment of microbial communities in pilot-scale two-stage membrane biofilm reactors. Environmental Science & Technology 48(13):7511-7518. DOI: 10.1021/es5012466. (link)

2013

Ontiveros Valencia, A. V., Z. Esra Ilhan, D. Kang, B. E. Rittmann and R. Krajmalnik-Brown. 2013. Phylogenetic analysis of nitrate- and sulfate-reducing bacteria in a hydrogen-fed biofilm. FEMS Microbology Ecology 85(1):158-167. DOI: 10.1111/1574-6941.12107. (link)

Ontiveros Valencia, A. V., Y. Tang, R. Krajmalnik-Brown and B. E. Rittmann. 2013. Perchlorate reduction from a highly contaminated groundwater in the presence of sulfate-reducing bacteria in a hydrogen-fed biofilm. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 110(2):3139-3147. DOI: 10.1002/bit.24987. (link)

Tang, Y., R. Krajmalnik-Brown and B. E. Rittmann. 2013. Modeling trichloroethene reduction in a hydrogen-based biofilm. Water Science & Technology 68(5):1158-1163. DOI: 10.2166/wst.2013.362. (link)

Tang, Y., A. V. Ontiveros Valencia, L. Feng, C. Zhou, R. Krajmalnik-Brown and B. E. Rittmann. 2013. A biofilm model to understand the onset of sulfate reduction in denitrifying membrane biofilm reactors. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 110(3):763-772. DOI: 10.1002/bit.24755. (link)

Young, M. N., R. Krajmalnik-Brown, W. Liu, M. L. Doyle and B. E. Rittmann. 2013. The role of anaerobic sludge recycle in improving anaerobic digester performance. Bioresource Technology 128:731-737. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2012.11.079. (link)

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)

Zhao, H., Z. Esra Ilhan, A. V. Ontiveros Valencia, Y. Tang, B. E. Rittmann and R. Krajmalnik-Brown. 2013. Effects of mutiple electron acceptors on microbial interactions in a hydrogen-based biofilm. Environmental Science & Technology 47(13):7396-7403. DOI: 10.1021/es401310j. (link)

Zhao, H., A. V. Ontiveros Valencia, Y. Tang, B. Kim, Z. Esra Ilhan, R. Krajmalnik-Brown and B. Rittmann. 2013. Using a two-stage hydrogen-based membrane biofilm reactor (MBfR) to achieve complete perchlorate reduction in the presence of nitrate and sulfate. Environmental Science & Technology 47(3):1565-1572. DOI: 10.1021/es303823n. (link)

2012

Ontiveros Valencia, A. V., M. Ziv-El, H. Zhao, L. Feng, B. E. Rittmann and R. Krajmalnik-Brown. 2012. Interactions between nitrate-reducing and sulfate-reducing bacteria coexisting in a hydrogen-fed biofilm. Environmental Science and Technology 46(20):11289-11298. DOI: 10.1021/es302370t. (link)

Parameswaran, P., C. I. Torres, D. Kang, B. E. Rittmann and R. Krajmalnik-Brown. 2012. The role of homoacetogenic bacteria as efficient hydrogen scavengers in microbial electrochemical cells (MXCs). Water Science & Technology 65(1):1-6. DOI: 10.2166/wst.2011.519. (link)

Tang, Y., H. Zhao, A. K. Marcus, R. Krajmalnik-Brown and B. E. Rittmann. 2012. A steady-state biofilm model for simultaneous reduction of nitrate and perchlorate, Part 1: Model development and numerical solution. Environmental Science & Technology 46(3):1598-1607. DOI: 10.1021/es203129s. (link)

Tang, Y., H. Zhao, A. K. Marcus, R. Krajmalnik-Brown and B. E. Rittmann. 2012. A steady-state biofilm model for simultaneous reduction of nitrate and perchlorate, Part 2: Parameter optimization and results and discussion. Environmental Science & Technology 46(3):1608-1615. DOI: 10.1021/es203130r. (link)

Ziv-El, M., S. C. Popat, K. Cai, R. U. Halden, R. Krajmalnik-Brown and B. E. Rittmann. 2012. Managing methanogens and homoacetogens to promote reductive dechlorination of trichloroethene with direct delivery of H2 in a membrane biofilm reactor. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 109(9):2200-2210. DOI: 10.1002/bit.24487. (link)

Ziv-El, M., S. C. Popat, P. Parameswaran, D. Kang, A. Polasko, R. U. Halden, B. E. Rittmann and R. Krajmalnik-Brown. 2012. Using electron balances and molecular techniques to assess trichoroethene-induced shifts to a dechlorinating microbial community. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 109(9):2230-2239. DOI: 10.1002/bit.24504. (link)

2011

Parameswaran, P., C. I. Torres, H. Lee, B. E. Rittmann and R. Krajmalnik-Brown. 2011. Hydrogen consumption in microbial electrochemical systems (MXCs): The role of homo-acetogenic bacteria. Bioresources Technology 102(1):263-271. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2010.03.133. (link)

Sheng, J., H. W. Kim, J. P. Badalamenti, C. Zhou, S. Sridharakrishnan, R. Krajmalnik-Brown, B. E. Rittmann and R. Vannela. 2011. Effects of temperature shifts on growth rate and lipid characteristics of Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 in a bench-top photobioreactor. Bioresource Technology 102(24):11218-11225. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2011.09.083. (link)

Zhao, H., S. Van Ginkel, Y. Tang, D. Kang, B. E. Rittmann and R. Krajmalnik-Brown. 2011. Interactions between perchlorate and nitrate reductions in the biofilm of a hydrogen-based membrane biofilm reactor. Environmental Science & Technology 45(23):10155-10162. DOI: 10.1021/es202569b. (link)

2010

Parameswaran, P., H. Zhang, C. I. Torres, B. E. Rittmann and R. Krajmalnik-Brown. 2010. Microbial community structure in a biofilm anode fed with a fermentable substrate: The significance of hydrogen scavengers. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 105(1):69-78. DOI: 10.1002/bit.22508. (link)

Torres, C. I., A. Marcus, H. Lee, P. Parameswaran, R. Krajmalnik-Brown and B. E. Rittmann. 2010. A kinetic perspective on extracellular electron transfer by anode-respiring bacteria. FEMS Microbiology Reviews 34(1):3-17. DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6976.2009.00191.x. (link)

Zhang, H., M. Ziv-El, B. E. Rittmann and R. Krajmalnik-Brown. 2010. Effect of dechlorination and sulfate reduction on the microbial community structure in denitrifying membrane-biofilm reactors. Environmental Science & Technology 44(13):5159-5164. DOI: 10.1021/es100695n. (link)

2009

Lee, H., R. Krajmalnik-Brown, H. Zhang and B. E. Rittmann. 2009. An electron-flow model can predict complex redox reactions in mixed-culture fermentative BioH2: Microbial ecology evidence. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 104(4):687-697. DOI: 10.1002/bit.22442. (link)

Parameswaran, P., C. I. Torres, H. Lee, R. Krajmalnik-Brown and B. E. Rittmann. 2009. Syntrophic interactions among anode respiring bacteria (ARB) and Non-ARB in a biofilm anode: electron balances. Biotechnology and Bioengineering 103(3):513-523. DOI: 10.1002/bit.22267. (link)

Torres, C. I., R. Krajmalnik-Brown, P. Parameswaran, A. K. Marcus, G. Wanger, Y. A. Gorby and B. E. Rittmann. 2009. Selecting anode-respiring bacteria based on anode potential: Phylogenetic, eletrochemical, and microscopic characterization. Environmental Science & Technology 43(24):9519-9524. DOI: 10.1021/es902165y. (link)

Zhang, H., J. E. Banaszak, P. Parameswaran, J. Alder, R. Krajmalnik-Brown and B. E. Rittmann. 2009. Focused-pulsed sludge pre-treatment increases the bacterial diversity and relative abundance of acetoclastic methanogens in a full-scale anaerobic digester. Water Research 43(18):4517-4526. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2009.07.034. (link)

Zhang, H., J. K. DiBaise, A. Zuccolo, D. Kudma, M. Braidotti, Y. Yu, P. Parameswaran, M. D. Crowell, B. E. Rittmann and R. Krajmalnik-Brown. 2009. Human gut microbiota in obesity and after gastric bypass. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106(7):2365-2370. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0812600106. (link)

2008

Chung, J., R. Krajmalnik-Brown and B. E. Rittmann. 2008. Bioreduction of trichloroethene using a hydrogen-based membrane biofilm reactor. Environmental Science & Technology 42(2):477-483. DOI: 10.1021/es702422d. (link)

DiBaise, J. K., H. Zhang, M. D. Crowell, R. Krajmalnik-Brown, G. A. Decker and B. E. Rittmann. 2008. Gut microbiota and its possible relationship with obesity. Mayo Clinic Proceedings 83(4):460-469. DOI: 10.4065/83.4.460. (link)

Rittmann, B. E., R. Krajmalnik-Brown and R. U. Halden. 2008. Opinion: Pre-genomic, genomic and post-genomic study of microbial communities involved in bioenergy. Nature Reviews Microbiology 6:604-612. DOI: 10.1038/nrmicro1939. (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)