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Christophe Darnault

Christophe DarnaultAssociate Professor
CETL/436B Brackett Hall

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.

Professor Christophe Darnault is a Co-PI on the Department of Energy, Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Implementation Project "Radionuclide Waste Disposal: Development of Multi-scale Experimental and Modeling Capabilities" (2014-Present)

Class Information

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BE 4210 Engineering Systems for Soil Water Management
BE 4211 Engineering Systems for Soil Water Management Laboratory
BE 4240/6240
Ecological Engineering
BE 4270/6270 Ecohydrology
BE 4750 Biosystems Engineering Capstone Design
BE 8710 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 

Selected Publications

Li, C., Hassan, A., Palmai, M., Snee, P., Baveye, P.C., Darnault, C.J.G., 2022. Colloidal stability and aggregation kinetics of nanocrystal CdSe/ZnS quantum dots in aqueous systems: Effects of ionic strength, electrolyte type, and natural organic matter. SN Appl. Sci. 2022 44 4, 1–28. doi:10.1007/S42452-022-04948-7

Corbin, J., Morgan, H., Patrohay, E., Williams, T., Amatya, D., Darnault, C.J.G., 2021. Hydrologic Modeling of Urban Development Scenarios and Low-Impact Design Systems on an Undisturbed Coastal Forested Watershed under Extreme Rainfall-Runoff Events and Hydro-Meteorological Conditions in a Changing Climate. J. South Carolina Water Resour. 8, 39–50.

Li, C., Hassan, A., Palmai, M., Xie, Y., Snee, P.T., Powell, B.A., Murdoch, L.C., Darnault, C.J.G., 2021. Experimental measurements and numerical simulations of the transport and retention of nanocrystal CdSe/ZnS quantum dots in saturated porous media: effects of pH, organic ligand, and natural organic matter. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. Int. 28, 8050–8073. doi:10.1007/S11356-020-11097-0

Li, C., Hassan, A., Palmai, M., Snee, P.T., Baveye, P.C., Darnault, C.J.G., 2020. Colloidal stability and aggregation kinetics of nanocrystal CdSe/ZnS quantum dots in aqueous systems: effects of pH and organic ligands. J. Nanoparticle Res. 2020 2211 22, 1–29. doi:10.1007/S11051-020-05080-6

Baveye, P.C., Otten, W., Kravchenko, A., Balseiro-Romero, M., Beckers, É., Chalhoub, M., Darnault, C., Eickhorst, T., Garnier, P., Hapca, S., Kiranyaz, S., Monga, O., Mueller, C.W., Nunan, N., Pot, V., Schlüter, S., Schmidt, H., Vogel, H.-J., 2018. Emergent Properties of Microbial Activity in Heterogeneous Soil Microenvironments: Different Research Approaches Are Slowly Converging, Yet Major Challenges Remain. Front. Microbiol. 9, 1929. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.01929

Li, B., Pales, A.R., Clifford, H.M., Kupis, S., Hennessy, S., Liang, W.-Z., Moysey, S., Powell, B., Finneran, K.T., Darnault, C.J.G., 2018. Preferential flow in the vadose zone and interface dynamics: Impact of microbial exudates. J. Hydrol. 558, 72–89. doi:10.1016/J.JHYDROL.2017.12.065

Bai, L., Li, C., Korte, C., Huibers, B.M.J., Pales, A.R., Liang, W., Ladner, D., Daigle, H., Darnault, C.J.G., 2017. Effects of silica-based nanostructures with raspberry-like morphology and surfactant on the interfacial behavior of light, medium, and heavy crude oils at oil-aqueous interfaces. Appl. Nanosci. 7, 947–972. doi:10.1007/s13204-017-0630-7

Huibers, B.M.J., Pales, A.R., Bai, L., Li, C., Mu, L., Ladner, D., Daigle, H., Darnault, C.J.G., 2017. Wettability alteration of sandstones by silica nanoparticle dispersions in light and heavy crude oil. J. Nanoparticle Res. 19, 323. doi:10.1007/s11051-017-4011-7

Baveye, P.C., Darnault, C., 2017. Microbial competition and evolution in natural porous environments: Not that simple. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 114, E2802–E2803. doi:10.1073/pnas.1700992114

Darnault, C.J.G., Peng, Z., Yu, C., Li, B., Jacobson, A.R., Baveye, P.C., 2017. Movement of Cryptosporidium parvum Oocysts through Soils without Preferential Pathways: Exploratory Test. Front. Environ. Sci. 5, 39. doi:10.3389/fenvs.2017.00039


Awards & Honors

Alpha Epsilon Honor Society

Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society

Certificate of Appreciation from Cornell University Assemblies 1998 - 1999