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Daisuke Minakata, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Michigan Technological University

Affiliated Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry

Department of Physics

Michigan Technological University

Recent Awards

2023 Professional Excellence-Individual Award, American Water Works Association (MI)

ACS ES&T Water inaugural Excellence in Review Award

ES&T Letters Excellence in Review Award 2022

At Michigan Technological University

​Research Interest

  • Sustainable water and wastewater treatment and management

  • Development of assessing and predicting tools for water treatment technologies

  • Innovative water and wastewater treatment technologies for energy saving and harvesting

  • Systematic and integrated understanding of water and wastewater reuse

  • Application of computational chemistry and molecular modeling

Teaching Interest

  • Physical-chemical treatment processes

  • Environmental process and design

  • Computational Environmental engineering and chemistry

Graduate Courses

  • ENVE 5503 Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes

  • ENVE 5501 Environmental Process Engineering

Undergraduate Courses

  • ENVE 4503 Water Treatment Principles and Design

Past Appointments

August 2021 – May 2022

Visiting Scholar 

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) 

Dubendorf, Switzerland

2013 August – 2019 August  

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

Education & Appointments

Ph.D. Environmental Engineering (2010)

Georgia Institute of Technology

Dissertation Title: Development of Aqueous Phase Hydroxyl Radical Reaction Rate Constants Predictors for Advanced Oxidation Processes. Thesis Supervisor: Professor. John, C. Crittenden

M.S. Environmental Engineering (2005)

Kyoto University, Japan

Thesis Title: Mechanisms of Ozone and Hydroxyl Radical Reaction with Dissolved Organic Matter in Water and Wastewater. 

Thesis Supervisor: Professor. Hiroshi Tsuno

B.S. Environmental Engineering (2002)

Kyoto University, Japan

Thesis Title: Effective Formation of Hydroxyl Radical by Electrochemical Oxidation.

Thesis Supervisor: Professor Isao Somiya

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