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John Fortner

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

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John Fortner

InCEES Career Development Associate Professor


Water treatment processes


John Fortner’s research is primarily focused on advancing water-related technologies and engineering novel material interfaces as they relate to critical environmental-based health, security and energy challenges. He has extensively studied the environmental fate, (photo) reactivity and applications (e.g. novel water treatment membranes) of engineered carbon nanomaterials, including fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, and graphene-based materials.

In the area of environmental sensing, Professor Fortner is developing novel, magnetic nanoscale metal-oxide based materials for detecting ultra-low levels of metals and metalloids. In addition, he is developing and applying organic-metal oxide composite materials for next-generation, high-efficiency separation- and catalyst-based treatment technologies. Professor Fortner's research group also is fundamentally exploring environmental-nanomaterial interactions with the goal of more accurate fate and transport models for complex natural systems, including biological interfaces.


In 2010, Professor Fortner joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to WashU, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Rice University, Georgia Tech, and ETH-Zurich.

In 2015, he was awarded the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO) Emerging Investigator Award for his excellence in research in sustainable nanotechnology and his commitment to mentoring students at all levels.

​Investigates new ways to develop novel & high efficient water treatment processes

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