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David A. Ladner

David A. LadnerAssociate Professor
342 Computer Court
Anderson, SC 29625-6510
864.656.0672 FAX

Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009
M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
B.S. Environmental Engineering, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 2003

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Faculty Overview

Dr. Ladner's research is geared toward making membrane-based water treatment processes more sustainable. One project involves redesigning reverse osmosis (RO) and nanofiltration (NF) membrane modules to decrease fouling problems. Another initiative is to develop polymeric membranes and coatings that can be quickly and cheaply regenerated to release foulants before starting a fresh filtration cycle. A third effort is attempting to redesign the RO desalination process to make it compatible with renewable energy (wind, solar, and tidal). Lastly, the group is interested in developing membranes and processes that can alleviate current bottlenecks in algal biofuel production. Like membranes themselves, this research program is at an interface; here we interface between science and engineering. We take fundamental knowledge from surface and colloid science, mass transfer, fluid mechanics, etc., and apply it to solve real-world sustainable engineering challenges.

Class Information

For current syllabi, please search the Clemson University Syllabus Repository.

EES 4020/6020 Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems
EES 4030 Water and Wastewater Treatment Laboratory
EES 4750 Environmental Engineering Capstone Design
EES 4850/6850 Hazardous Waste Management
EES 4860/6860 Pollution Prevention and Industrial Ecology
EES 4900 Creative Inquiry, LIEF Sustainability Living Learning Community
EES 8830 Special Topics: Membranes for Water Treatment

Selected Publications

Partlan, E., Davis, K., Ren, Y., Apul, O.G., Mefford, O.T., Karanfil, T., Ladner, D.A., 2016. Effect of bead milling on chemical and physical characteristics of activated carbons pulverized to superfine sizes. Water Res. 89, 161–170. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2015.11.041

Amaral, P., Partlan, E., Li, M., Lapolli, F., Mefford, O.T., Karanfil, T., Ladner, D.A., 2016. Superfine powdered activated carbon (S-PAC) coatings on microfiltration membranes: Effects of milling time on contaminant removal and flux. Water Res. 100, 429–438. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.05.034

Ersan, M.S., Ladner, D.A., Karanfil, T., 2016. The control of N-nitrosodimethylamine, Halonitromethane, and Trihalomethane precursors by Nanofiltration. Water Res. 105, 274–281. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.08.065

Wang, B., Geitner, N.K., Davis, T.P., Ke, P.C., Ladner, D.A., Ding, F., 2015. Deviation from the Unimolecular Micelle Paradigm of PAMAM Dendrimers Induced by Strong Interligand Interactions. J. Phys. Chem. C 119, 19475–19484. doi:10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b04991

Ersan, M.S., Ladner, D.A., Karanfil, T., 2015. N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) Precursors Leach from Nanofiltration Membranes. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 2, 66–69. doi:10.1021/acs.estlett.5b00015

Geitner, N.K., Wang, B., Andorfer, R.E., Ladner, D.A., Ke, P.C., Ding, F., 2014. Structure–Function Relationship of PAMAM Dendrimers as Robust Oil Dispersants. Environ. Sci. Technol. 48, 12868–12875. doi:10.1021/es5038194

Xie, P., Murdoch, L.C., Ladner, D.A., 2014. Hydrodynamics of sinusoidal spacers for improved reverse osmosis performance. J. Memb. Sci. 453, 92–99. doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2013.10.068

Steele, M.M., Anctil, A., Ladner, D.A., 2014. Integrating algaculture into small wastewater treatment plants: process flow options and life cycle impacts. Environ. Sci. Process. Impacts 16, 1387–99. doi:10.1039/c3em00685a

Ladner, D.A., Bolyard, S.C., Apul, D., Whelton, A.J., 2013. Navigating the academic job search for environmental engineers: Guidance for job seekers and mentors. J. Prof. Issues Eng. Educ. Pract. 139, 211–217. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000148

Lewis, D.O., Ladner, D.A., Karanfil, T., 2013. Source Water and Microfiltration Plant Manganese Control Study. J. Am. Water Works Assoc. E480–E495. doi:10.5942/jawwa.2013.105.0108

Awards & Honors

Membrane Treatment Best Paper award from the Journal of the American Water Works Association. Awarded for the paper Lewis, D.O., Ladner, D.A., Karanfil, T. “Source water and microfiltration plant manganese control study.” Journal American Water Works Association, 105, E480-E495 (2013).
Membership Award from the South Carolina Section of the American Water Works Association, 2013.

Certificate of Merit for the platform presentation "Functionalized nanoparticles as removable membrane coatings" at the 242nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (with graduate student Megan Smith).

Fellow, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship Program, August 2006 to August 2009.

Best Student Paper Award, Membrane Technology Conference, Memphis, TN, April 2009.

Larson Aquatic Research Support (LARS) Scholarship, American Water Works Association (AWWA), June 2005.

Cramer Award, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, May 2003.

Paige Ashman Award, NMIMT Department of Environmental Engineering, May 2003.