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RAP opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory     AFRL

Detection and Destruction of Dangerous Water Pollutants


Air Force Institute of Technology

opportunity location
13.50.00.B7801 AFIT, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337542


name email phone
Willie F Harper 937.255.3636 ext 4528


Water quality is central to the health and well-being of the warfighter and it is an essential focus of the environmental stewardship activities of the DOD. We are interested in novel biological and abiotic processes that can destroy or detect dangerous chemicals. Projects typically combine traditional research approaches, such as mathematical modeling and laboratory-scale experimentation, with the modern tools from bio- and organic chemistry, and research based on this combination uncovers knowledge and provides exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.



Adam C. Burdsall, Jaya Das Schober, John E. Stubbs, Abinash Agrawal, and Willie F. Harper, Jr. (2023). 2,4-dinitroanisole transformation with ultraviolet light emitting diodes and hydrogen peroxide: Kinetics and byproduct formation. Water and Environment Journal, Vol. 37, Issue 1, 142-153.

Yun Xing, Ashlee Ellis, Matthew Magnuson, Willie F. Harper, Jr. (2020). Adsorption of bacteriophage MS2 to colloids: kinetics and particle interactions. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 585, 124099.

Willie F. Harper, Jr., Yuki Takeuchi, Shohei Riya, Masaaki Hosomi and Akihiko Terada (2015). Novel abiotic reactions increase nitrous oxide production during partial nitrification: Modeling and experiments, Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol. 281, 1017-1023.

Tho Tran, LeeAnn Racz, Michael Grimaila, Michael Miller, and Willie F. Harper Jr. (2014). Comparison of continuous versus pulsed ultraviolet light emitting diode use for the inactivation of Bacillus globigii spores. Water Science and Technology, Vol. 70 (9), 1473-1480.

key words
Biodegradation; Advanced oxidation; Biosensors; Biochemistry; Microbial ecology; Electron density; Electron transfer;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$80,000.00 $5,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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