Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Christophe Darnault

Assistant Professor
CETL/436B Brackett Hall
Email: cdarnau@clemson.edu

Ph.D.  Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, Cornell University, 2000
Combined MS & BS (Dimplomed'Ingenieur), Agricultural, Environmental and Biological Engineering, Institut Superieur d'Agriculture, Lille, France, 1995

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Faculty Overview

Dr. Darnault’s teaching and research interests are in the fields of biological and environmental engineering, agricultural engineering, hydrological sciences, and water resources engineering. His research focuses on (1) the hydrologic, geochemical, and microbiological processes at any range of scales (micro to global) that impact water quality and quantity in order to protect ecosystems and the public health; (2) the flow and transport phenomena in complex surface and subsurface environments; (3) the development and application of novel methods/tools to monitor biological/ environmental systems and processes; (4) the optimization of biological water treatment processes; (5) the impacts of the hydrological cycle/climate on infrastructure and natural systems to mitigate potential risk(s); and (6) the sustainable management of soil and water resources.

Class Information
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BE 4240 Ecological Engineering

Selected Publications

Reddy, K. R., Darnault, C. J. G., and Darko-Kagya, K. (2013). “Transport of Lactate-Modified Nanoscale Iron Particles in Porous Media.” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001015

Godinez, I. G., Darnault, C. J. G., Khodadoust, A. P., and Bogdan, D. (2013). “Deposition and release/reentrainment mechanisms of nano-TiO2 in saturated porous media: Effects of solution ionic strength and surfactants.” Environmental Pollution, 174, 106-113.

Koken, E., Darnault, C. J. G., Jacobson, A., Powelson, D., and Hendrickson, W. (2013) “Quantification of Cryptosporidium parvum in Natural Soil Matrices and Soil Solutions using qPCR.” Journal of Microbiological Methods, 92, 135-144.

Baveye, P. C., Rangel, D., Jacobson, A. R., Laba, M., Darnault, C., Otten, W., Radulovich, R., Camargo, F. A. O. (2011). “From dust bowl to dust bowl: Soils are still very much a frontier of science.” Soil Science Society of America Journal, 75, 2037-2048.

Godinez, I. G., and Darnault, C. J. G. (2011). “Aggregation and transport of nano-TiO2 in saturated porous media: effects of pH, surfactants and flow velocity.” Water Research, 45, 839-851.

Uyusur, B, Darnault, C. J. G., Snee, P., Koken, E, Jacobson, A. R., and Wells, R. R. (2010). “Coupled effects of solution chemistry and hydrodynamics on the mobility and transport of quantum dot nanomaterials in the vadose zone.” Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 118, 184-198.

Kim, Y. J., Darnault, C. J. G., Bailey, N. O., Parlange, J.-Y., and Steenhuis, T. S. (2005). “Equation for describing solute transport in field soils with preferential flow paths” Soil Science Society American Journal, 69, 291-300.

Darnault, C. J. G., Steenhuis, T. S., Kim, Y. J., Garnier, P., Jenkins, M.,  Ghiorse, W. C.,  Baveye, P. C., and Parlange, J.-Y. (2004). “Preferential flow and the transport of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts through the vadose zone: experiments and modeling.” Vadose Zone Journal, 3, 262-270.

Darnault, C. J. G., Garnier, P., Kim, Y. J., Oveson, K., Steenhuis, T. S., Parlange, J.-Y., Jenkins, M., Ghiorse, W. C., and Baveye, P. C. (2003). “Preferential transport of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts in variably-saturated subsurface environments.” Water Environment Research, 75, 113-120.

Darnault, C. J. G., DiCarlo, D. A., Bauters, T. W. J., Jacobson, A. R., Throop, J. A., Steenhuis, T. S., Parlange, J.-Y., and Montemagno, C. D. (2001). “Measurement of fluid contents by light          transmission in transient three-phase oil-water-air systems in sand.” Water Resources Research, 37, 1859-1868.

DiCarlo, D. A, Bauters, T. W. J., Darnault, C. J. G.,  Wong, R., Bierck, B. R.,  Steenhuis, T. S., and Parlange, J.-Y. (2000). “Surfactant induced changes in gravity fingering of water through a light oil.” Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 41, 317-334.

DiCarlo, D. A., Bauters, T. W. J., Darnault, C. J. G., Steenhuis, T. S. and Parlange, J.-Y. (1999). “Lateral expansion of preferential flow paths in sands.” Water Resources Research, 35, 427-434.

Garnier, P., Angulo-Jaramillo, R., DiCarlo, D. A., Bauters, T. W. J., Darnault, C. J. G., Steenhuis, T. S., Parlange, J.-Y., and Baveye, P. (1998). “Dual-energy synchrotron x-ray measurements of rapid soil density and water content changes in swelling soils during infiltration.” Water Resources Research, 34, 2837-2842.

Darnault, C. J. G., Throop, J. A., DiCarlo, D. A., Rimmer, A., Steenhuis, T. S., and Parlange, J.-Y. (1998). “Visualization by light transmission of oil and water contents in transient two-phase flow fields.” Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 31, 337-348.

Rimmer, A., Parlange, J.-Y., Steenhuis, T. S., Darnault, C., and Condit, W. (1996). “Wetting and nonwetting fluid displacement in porous media.” Transport in Porous Media, 25, 205-215.

Awards & Honors

Alpha Epsilon Honor Society

Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society

Certificate of Appreciation from Cornell University Assemblies 1998 - 1999