Welcome to the research group website of Detlef Knappe. Our group is part of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University in sunny Raleigh, North Carolina.

My research interests encompass (1) developing and evaluating physical-chemical treatment processes for the control of disinfection byproduct precursors and trace organic contaminants (taste and odor causing substances, carcinogenic volatile organic contaminants, 1,4-dioxane (see our NSF Science Nation video), perfluoroalkyl substances, endocrine disrupting chemicals, antibiotics, and other pharmaceutically active compounds), and (2) overcoming gaps between the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act by developing information about the effects of reactive and unregulated wastewater contaminants on drinking water quality and treatment.

I serve as the faculty advisor for the NC Safewater Student Chapter at NCSU and also as a Technical Advisor for the NC State Chapter for Engineers Without Borders (EWB-NCSU)

Interested in joining our research group?

I am looking for motivated and enthusastic graduate and undergraduate students, who are interested in research. For a summary of current and recent research projects, please take a look near the bottom of this page. If you are interested in our areas of research and you think you’d like to join the group, please email me with any questions and some details on your background and interests.