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Center Director and Professor

Bruce Rittmann

Center Director and Professor, Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology

Dr. Bruce Rittmann, Ph.D., is the director of the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University and is also a Regents' Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and Built Environment.  He joined ASU in January 2005.

An international leader in managing microbial communities, Dr. Rittmann's work is leading to new ways to clean up pollution, treat water and wastewater, capture renewable energy, and improve human health.

The membrane biofilm reactor (MBfR), a technology that Dr. Rittmann invented, uses naturally occurring microorganisms to remove contaminants such as perchlorate and tricloroethene from water.  He holds five patents on the technology, which is being commercialized by APTwater, Inc.

Dr. Rittmann is at the lead of ASU teams using two innovative approaches to renewable bioenergy:  using anaerobic microbes to convert biomass to useful energy forms, such as methane, hydrogen, or electricity; and using photosynthetic bacteria that can capture sunlight to produce new biomass that can be turned into liquid fuels, like diesel or jet fuel.

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Benjamin Agbo
Benjamin Agbo
Grad Research Assistant
Sch Engr Matter Trnsprt Energy
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Naeem ALI
Naeem ALI
Graduate Student
Office of the Director
External Collaborator
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
ANWAR ALSANEA
ANWAR ALSANEA
Graduate Research Assistant
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Megan Altizer
Megan Altizer
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Kaitlyn Alvarez
Kaitlyn Alvarez
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Sarah Arrowsmith
Sarah Arrowsmith
Research Lab Coordinator
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Joshua Atwater
Joshua Atwater
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Jillian Ayers
Jillian Ayers
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Joshua Boltz
Joshua Boltz
BSCEB, Research Engineer (FSC)
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Treavor Boyer
Treavor Boyer
Assoc Professor
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Faculty Member
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Steffen Buessecker
Steffen Buessecker
Grad Service Assistant
Sols Graduate Programs
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz
Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz
Assoc Professor
Sols Administration & Faculty
Associate Faculty
Biodesign CFAM
Associate Faculty
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Yuhang CAI
Yuhang CAI
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Diana Calvo Martinez
Diana Calvo Martinez
Graduate Research Assistant
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Neng Iong Chan
Neng Iong Chan
Grad Service Assistant
Sols Graduate Programs
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Debbie Chang
Debbie Chang
Research Technician, PRN
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Taylor Davis
Taylor Davis
Graduate Research Assistant
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Anca Delgado
Anca Delgado
Asst Professor
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Faculty Member
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Rebecca Dietz
Rebecca Dietz
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Blake Dirks
Blake Dirks
Graduate Research Assistant
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Michael Edgar
Michael Edgar
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Everett Eustance
Everett Eustance
Asst Research Scientist (FSC)
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Alana Florea
Alana Florea
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Carole Flores
Carole Flores
Financial Manager
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Staff
Biodesign CAT
Staff
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Staff
Research Operations
Zoe Frias
Zoe Frias
SW III, Membrane Carbonation Aide
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Caitlyn Hall
Caitlyn Hall
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Steven Hart
Steven Hart
Grad Service Assistant
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Ethan Howley
Ethan Howley
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Zachary Hubbard
Zachary Hubbard
Grad Teaching Associate
Sch Engr Matter Trnsprt Energy
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Merielle Kalos
Merielle Kalos
Administrative Associate
Research Operations
Staff
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Rachel Klein
Rachel Klein
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown
Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown
Professor
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Faculty Member
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Associate Faculty
Biodesign CFAM
Richard Kupferer
Richard Kupferer
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Yen-Jung Lai
Yen-Jung Lai
Assistant Research Scientist
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Colton Landrum
Colton Landrum
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Chung-Seop LEE
Chung-Seop LEE
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
SSEBE NEWT
Post Doctorate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Juliana Levi
Juliana Levi
Grad Research Associate
Dean's Fellow ENGR 18/19 - SSEBE NEWT
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Carlos Leyva
Carlos Leyva
Engineer Associate
Future H2O
Staff
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Huai LI
Huai LI
External Collaborator
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Min LONG
Min LONG
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
External Collaborator
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Xiangxing Long
Xiangxing Long
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Yihao Luo
Yihao Luo
Graduate Research Assistant
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Anna Mangus
Anna Mangus
FURI
Fall-Spring - ENGR Academic & Student Affrs
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Andrew Marcus
Andrew Marcus
Assistant Research Professor
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Xandrian Mcmacken
Xandrian Mcmacken
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Evelyn Miranda
Evelyn Miranda
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Srivatsan Mohana Rangan
Srivatsan Mohana Rangan
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Ken Niimi
Ken Niimi
UGTA
Fall/Spring Semester - ENGR Academic & Student Affrs
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Khemlal NIRMALKAR
Khemlal NIRMALKAR
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Staff
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Alison Nitzky
Alison Nitzky
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Michael Pavia
Michael Pavia
Grad Research Assistant
Sols Graduate Programs
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Isaias Peraza
Isaias Peraza
Graduate Service Assistant
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Claire Pishko
Claire Pishko
Student Worker II, Lifeguard
SDFC-T Aquatics
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Hannah Ray
Hannah Ray
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Jeffrey Reep
Jeffrey Reep
Student Worker III
SSEBE CBBG
Undergraduate
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Mark Reynolds
Mark Reynolds
Grad Service Assistant
Sols Graduate Programs
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Uranus Richard
Uranus Richard
Grad Research Associate
Dean's Fellow ENGR 17/18 - Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Bruce Rittmann
Bruce Rittmann
Regents Professor
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Center Director
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Aide Robles
Aide Robles
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Anton Sachs
Anton Sachs
High School Volunteer
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Daniella Saetta
Daniella Saetta
Grad Research Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Analissa Sarno
Analissa Sarno
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Graduate Student
Biodesign CFAM
Matthew Scholz
Matthew Scholz
Program Manager
Sustainbl Phosphorus Alliance
Staff
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Justin Skinner
Justin Skinner
Grad Research Associate
Dean's Fellow ENGR 19/20 - Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Thiago Stangherlin Barbosa
Thiago Stangherlin Barbosa
Grad Teaching Associate
CEE 361 for M Boyer - Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Robert Stirling
Robert Stirling
Research Technologist (FSC)
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
External Collaborator
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Ergin TASKAN
Ergin TASKAN
External Collaborator
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Cesar Torres
Cesar Torres
Assoc Professor
Sch Engr Matter Trnsprt Energy
Faculty Member
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Leon van Paassen
Leon van Paassen
Assoc Professor
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Associate Faculty
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Yan Rou Yap
Yan Rou Yap
Grad Service Assistant
Sols Graduate Programs
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Burcu Yavuz
Burcu Yavuz
Grad Teaching Associate
Sch Sustain Engr & Built Envrn
Graduate Student
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Michelle Young
Michelle Young
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Chenwei Zheng
Chenwei Zheng
Grad Research Assistant
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Chen Zhou
Chen Zhou
Asst Research Professor (FSC)
Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology