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Charles Werth
Dr. Charles Werth

University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Charles J. Werth (Google Scholar profile) is a Professor & Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering in the Department of Civil, Architecture, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the UT faculty in August of 2014, after spending 17 years on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Werth’s research and teaching focus on the fate and transport of pollutants in the environment, the development of innovative catalytic technologies for drinking water treatment, and the mitigation of environmental impacts associated with energy production and generation. He is presently the Principal Investigator of an NSF NRT on “Reducing Energy Barriers for Novel Water Supply Use in Sustainable Agriculture”, an NSF LEAP-HI on “Smart Sensing and Forecasting of Water Quality in the Water Distribution Network for Protection of Public Health”, two DOD SERDP projects related to the fate of chlorinated solvents and PFAS compounds in groundwater, and an NSF CBET project on “Electrocatalytic Reduction of Nitrate in Drinking Water”. Werth’s past recognition includes appointment to the USEPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), as a Wiley Research Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory, and as a Mercator Fellow of the German Research Society. He’s twice received the Editor’s Choice Best Paper Award from Environmental Science and Technology, and was recognized for having a most cited paper in Journal of Contaminant Hydrology. Werth also received a Humbolt Research Fellow Award, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and a BP Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Instruction. Werth received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. minor in Chemistry from Stanford University.

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