Charles J. Werth

Arthur and Virginia Nauman Faculty Scholar 
Associate Head for Graduate Affairs
Director of Research
1110 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory

205 N. Mathews Ave. Urbana, IL 61801

(217) 333-3822

Charles J. Werth holds a B.S. (Texas A&M University, 1988) degree in mechanical engineering, and M.S. (Stanford University, 1992) and Ph.D. (Stanford University, 1996) degrees in environmental engineering and science. He also holds a Ph.D. minor (Stanford University, 1996) in Chemistry.

Dr. Werth has been on the faculty of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1997.  He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in hazardous waste site assessment, remediation and management, environmental transport modeling, sustainable urban engineering, and drinking water treatment processes.

Dr. Werth is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and is a Fellow of the Department of Energy's William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory.  He has received a number of awards, including the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award, the Arthur and Virginia Nauman Faculty Scholar Award, the Humbolt Research Fellow Award, and the BP Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Instruction. 

Research Overview: 

Dr. Werth's research focuses on the transport and fate organic chemicals in the environment, and on the development of sustainable technologies for pollution abatement. Specific areas of interest include the study of reactive transport mechanisms of pollutants in porous media (with an emphasis on partitioning and mass transfer), development of catalytic reduction technologies for oxyanions and halogenated organics, and the fate of legacy/emerging pollutants in natural systems and engineered watersheds.