Dr. Tanju Karanfil

Clemson University


Dr. Tanju Karanfil is the Vice President for Research and a Professor of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University. He is a registered professional engineer in State of South Carolina, a Board Certified Environment Engineer by American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and a Fellow of International Water Association. He served as the Department Chair of Environmental Engineering and Earth Science (2008-2014) and the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering and Science (2014-2016). Since February 2016, he is the Vice President for Research of Clemson University. He also serves as a consultant to water and wastewater utilities and consulting companies. Professor Karanfil’s research interests are in the fundamentals and applications of physicochemical processes in natural and engineered environmental systems. His primary research is on adsorption and disinfection by-product (DBP) formation processes and technologies. He has published his findings in the premier journals of his field, Environmental Science and Technology, Water Research, Carbon, Journal of Colloid and Interface Sciences, and Journal of American Water Works Association. He has produced more than 100 peer-reviewed journal publications with an h index of about 40 and over 250 other technical presentations, reports, extended abstracts, and publications. Professor Karanfil is a recipient of NSF CAREER award. He has also received several awards (e.g., CES McQueen Quattlebaum Faculty Achievement Award, Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence) at Clemson University. He has mentored more than 80 graduate students, postdoctoral research associates and international visiting scholars. The results of his students’ research have been recognized with best Ph.D. thesis, best M.Sc. thesis, best paper, and best graduate student awards by American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation and American Chemical Society. He served in the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of American Water Works Association. He has been acting as associate editor in editorial board of “Water Research” journal.

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