Environmental Biotechnology and Global Sanitation




Dr. de los Reyes is the Glenn E. and Phyllis J. Futrell Distinguished Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. He is a University Faculty Scholar, Associate Faculty of Microbiology, and Training Faculty of Biotechnology. He has been teaching and doing research on wastewater engineering for 25 years. He has taught or is currently teaching undergraduate and graduate classes on drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment plant design, environmental microbiology, environmental biotechnology, and water and sanitation in developing countries. His research focuses on biological processes and combines modeling, bioreactor experiments, and molecular microbial ecology tools in addressing fundamental and practical issues in environmental biotechnology and environmental engineering. His research on global sanitation encompasses technologies along the sanitation chain. Current or past collaborations include partners in the Philippines, India, China, South Africa, Malawi, Belgium, Pakistan, Rwanda, Madagascar, Kenya, and Ghana. Read more.



Intensification of Anaerobic Digestion: Co-Digestion of Grease Interceptor Waste (GIW) with Thermally Hydrolyzed (TH) and non-TH Biosolids, F. L. de los Reyes III (PI), Urban Water Consortium, ┬áMarch 2020 – December 2021. Read more.

Wastewater Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2, F. L. de los Reyes III (PI), Rice University, June 2020- December 2021.

RAPID: Monitoring for SARS-CoV-2 in municipal wastewater to elucidate infection dynamics across major metropolitan areas of the United States, F. L. de los Reyes III (PI), Nadine Kotlarz, Jeseth Delgado-Vela (Howard Univ.), Lauren Stadler (Rice Univ.), Adam Smith (USC) (Co-PIs), National Science Foundation RAPID, May 2020- June 2021.

Tracking SARS-CoV-2 in the Wastewater across a Range of North Carolina Municipalities, Francis de los Reyes (PI), Angela Harris (coPI), NC Policy Collaboratory, June 2020- December 2020.

ERC Planning Grant: Sanitation and Water Infrastructure of the Future for Marginalized Communities, F. L. de los Reyes III (PI), NSF, September 2019 – August 2021. Read more.

Developing high-yield and resilient anaerobic co-digestion of alternative wastes, F. L. de los Reyes III (PI), Environmental Research and Education Foundation, October 2018- December 2021. Read more.

Commercial Partner Engagement for Trash Excluder, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, July 2019 – February 2021.

Using Microbial Ecological Theory to Understand Microbial Community Dynamics and Improve Function of Anaerobic Bioreactors, F. L. de los Reyes III (PI), Joel J. Ducoste (co-PI), National Science Foundation. August 2018 – December 2021. Read more.

Reliable and Hygienic Pit Emptying Using Modified Screw Augers, F. L. de los Reyes III (PI), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Oct. 2013 – Mar. 2021. Read more.