Michael Dodd, PhD, MS

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Primary department)
Adjunct Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
Dr. Michael Dodd is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering (2001) and his M.S. in Environmental Engineering (2003) from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (2008), and undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in the Environmental Engineering Program of Yale University (2008-2009) prior to starting at the UW. His research interests center on characterizing homogeneous and heterogeneous redox reactions in engineered and natural aquatic systems, particularly with regard to their application in optimizing pollutant and pathogen elimination during water and wastewater treatment.

Contact Information

University of Washington
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Seattle, WA 98195-2700
Tel: 206-685-7583
Fax: 206-543-1543


Research Interests

  • Reduction-oxidation (or redox) chemistry plays a pivotal role in engineered and natural systems. Our research focuses on the investigation of how chemical redox processes can be harnessed to our benefit in engineered applications such as water purification and wastewater reclamation, as well as how various redox processes influence natural systems such as estuarine and fresh surface waters (particularly those under substantial human influence).

Teaching interests

Physical-chemical treatment processes in water and wastewater treatment, environmental organic chemistry, fate and transport of contaminants in engineered and environmental systems


PhD, Environmental Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 2008
MS, Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003


(i) Chemical characterization of extracellular and intracellular bacterial DNA degradation during disinfection with ozone, free chlorine, and chloramines and quantification of residual biological activity of DNA following disinfection.
(ii) Development and optimization of low-energy technologies for decentralized chemical disinfection of water and wastewater (e.g., in situ photochemical activation of free chlorine to reactive oxygen species for enhanced inactivation of chlorine-resistant pathogens during water and wastewater chlorination).
(iii) Photochemical and ozone-mediated mechanisms of reactive halogen and oxygen species formation in high-salinity waters and their potential roles in the cycling of dissolved organic carbon and halogens within the ocean and marine boundary layer.
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