Home institution: University of Notre Dame
Host institution: Laboratoire Réactions et Génie des Procédés (CNRS UMR 7274)
Field of study: Environmental Engineering
Dr. Doudrick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame (UND). Dr. Doudrick received his Ph.D. (2013) at Arizona State University where he investigated the use of photocatalysts for treating nitrate, a ubiquitous drinking water contaminant. His research group at UND seeks to solve grand challenges in environmental engineering using nanotechnology, including the treatment of emerging water contaminants, understanding the fate and transport of nanoparticles, and management of the nitrogen cycle in water treatment processes. Dr. Doudrick also has a passion for improving Environmental Engineering education using virtual reality (VR), including the development of 360 immersive tours and “hands-on” VR modules.
Fulbright project description:
Wastewater treatment is burdened by high influent organic nitrogen concentrations, and consequently, municipalities often require excess treatment to meet nitrogen discharge regulations. Treating nitrogen is expensive, requiring a larger plant footprint and increased energy usage. The majority of nitrogen comes from urine in the form of urea, accounting for 80-90% of nitrogen, yet only 1% of the total influent wastewater volume. The overall objective of this Fulbright project is to foster a US/French collaboration that will investigate the sustainable treatment of urine to decrease wastewater costs. Dr. Doudrick will work closely with the Laboratory Reactions and Process Engineering Lab at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). The team will address the objective using an advanced electrochemical system, including the design and testing of nanostructured electrodes (US) and the development of models that can predict full-scale behavior (France).