Washington University in St. Louis


John Fortner

I-CARES Career Development Assistant Professor
In fall 2010, Professor Fortner joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to WUSTL, Professor Fortner was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Rice University, Georgia Tech and ETH-Zurich.
Professor Fortner’s research is primarily focused on environmental implications and applications of advanced materials. He has extensively studied the environmental fate, reactivity and impacts of engineered carbon nanomaterials, including fullerenes and carbon nanotubes, in aqueous systems. In the areas of sensing, Professor Fortner is developing nanoscale iron-based materials for detecting low levels of heavy metals. In addition, he is developing and applying similar, metal oxide materials for novel, high efficient, water treatment processes.
At the undergraduate level, Professor Fortner teaches Introduction to Environmental Engineering, and at the graduate level: Environmental Organic Chemistry.
Selected Publications
Interactions Between Charged Mineral Surfaces and Water Stable, Nano-Scale Fullerene Crystallites. Fortner, J.D., Solenthaler, C., Hughes, J.B., Puzrin, A.M., Plotze, M.L., Applied Clay Science, 55 (2012).

Stability of Water-Stable C-60 Clusters to OH Radical Oxidation and Hydrated Electron Reduction. Lee, J., Song, W.H., Jang, S.S., Fortner, J.D., Alverez, P.J.J., Cooper, W.J., Kim, J.H., Environmental Science & Technology, May 2010.

Effects of Aqueous Stable Fullerene Nanocrystals (nC(60)) on Daphnia Magna: Evaluation of Sub-lethal Reproductive Responses and Accumulation. Tao,  X.J., Fortner, J.D., Zhang, B., He Y.H., Chen Y.S., Hughes, J.B., Chemosphere, December 2009.
Selected Research
Title: International Young Scientist Fellow: Effects of Fullerene Morphology & Surface Chemistry on Contaminant-Fullerene Interactions
Role: Principal Investigator
Sponsor: CNSF
Title: Improving Water Treatment for Developing Communities through Engineered Nanoscale Materials and Processes
Role: Principal Investigator
Sponsor: I-CARES
Title: The Energy-water Nexus of Emerging Technologies for Energy Resource Extraction: Impacts of Shale Hydraulic Fracturing & Geothermal Energy Production on the Mobilization of Trace Element
Role: Principal Investigator
Sponsor: MAGEEP
Contact John Fortner
Address 1 Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1180
City/St/Zip St. Louis, MO 63130
Brauer Hall
Phone (314) 935-9293
Fax (314) 935-5464
Email jfortner@wustl.edu
Other Appt.

PhD, Rice University, 2007
BS, Texas A&M University, 2000
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