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Robert Reimers

   

Robert Reimers, PhD
Professor
Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2117
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-2768
Fax: (504) 988-1726
rreimers@tulane.edu

 



Research Interests:

Biosolids treatment, disinfection, stabilization and reuse; industrial residual product development; innovative process development; usage of applied-fields to enhance existing processes


Professional Achievements:

  • Outstanding Chemistry Graduate, Class of 1966, Cornell College
  • Fellow, American Institute of Chemists, Washington, DC, 1988
  • President, ETA Chapter, Delta Omega Honor Society, May 1992
  • Who's Who Environmental Registry, July 1992
  • Service Award, Lake Pontchartrain Foundation, February 1993
  • Best poster, 4th Joint WEF & AWWA Conference, July 1995
  • Who's Who in Technology, 1996-1997
  • Best Poster, 10th Annual Residuals and Biosolids Conference, August 1996.
  • Water Environmental Federation National Service Award, October 1997.
  • National Academy of Science Committee of Toxicants and Pathogens with Biosolids applied to the Land, 2002-2003
  • America's Registry of Outstanding Professionals for 2002, 2003
  • Marquis Who's Who of World for 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005
  • EPA Science Advisory Committee for Southeastern Louisiana University Western Lake Pontchartrain Basin Research Program, 2003-present

Educational Background:

 

  • PhD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
  • MA, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
  • BA, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa

Selected Publications: 

 

Abu-Orf, M., Brewster, J., Oleszkiewicz, J.S., Reimers, R.S., Lagasse, P. and Amy, A., 2004.  'Production of Class A Biosolids with Anoxic Low Dose Alkaline Treatment and Odor Management Issues." Water Science Technologies, 49:10, PP 131-138.

Reimers, R.S., Fitzmorris, K.B., Smith, J.E., Boyd, G.R., and Bowman, D. D., 2004. "State of Art in Treatment and Survival of Pathogens in Biosolids,"  Journal of Residuals Science and Technology, Volume 1, Number 2 , DEStech Publications Inc., Lancaster, Pennsylvania, pp. 93-104.

Fitzmorris, K. B., Lima, I. M., Marshall, W. E., Reimers, R. S. (2006). Anion and Cation Leaching or Desorption from Activated Carbons from Municipal Sludge and Poultry Manure as Effected by pH. Water Environment Research, 78(12), 2324-2329.

Fitzmorris, K. B., Lima, I. M., Marshall, W. E., Reimers, R. S. (2006). Anion and Cation Removal from Solution Using Activated Carbons from Municipal Sludge and Poultry Manure. Journal of Residuals Science and Technology, 3(3), 161-167.

Fitzmorris, K. B., Erdal, Z. (2007). The Importance of Sustainability in Biosolids Management. Water Practice, 1(4), 1-2.

Fitzmorris, K. B., Reimers, R. S., Oleszkiewicz, J. A., Little, M. D. (2007). Pathogen Inactivation by a Closed Alkaline System. Biosolids Technical Bulletin, 12(2), 9-11

Puchajda, B., Oleszkiewz, J. Sparling, R. and Reimers, R., 2006. "Low Temperature Inactivation of Fecal Coliforms in Sludge Digestion," Vol.. 79, Water Environment Research, Alexandria, Virginia, pp.680-685.

Reimers, R. S., Sharma, V., Pillai, S., Reinhart, D. R., Boyd, G. R., Fitzmorris, K. B. (2005). The Future is Ferrates. Biosolids Technical Bulletin, 10(6), 1-4.

Fitzmorris, K.B., Lima, I.M, Marshall, W.E., and R. S. Reimers, 2006 "Anion and Cation Leaching or Desorption from Activated Carbons from Municipal Sludge and Poultry Manure.", Journal of Residuals Science and Technology Vol. 3, Number 3, DEStech Publications Inc., Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 161-167.

Fitzmorris, K. B., Reimers, R. S., Oleszkiewicz, J. A., Little, M. D. (2007). Pathogen Inactivation by a Closed Alkaline System. Biosolids Technical Bulletin, 12(2), 9-11.

Fitzmorris, K. B., Reimers, R. S., Oleszkiewicz, J. A., Little, M. D. (2007). Decrease of time for pathogen inactivation in alkaline disinfection systems using pressure. Water Environment Research, 79(4), 388-395.

S.K. Mack, J.W. Day, A.J. Englande, R.S. Reimers, and G.C. Austin. (2007).  "A Regional Initiative of S&WB and SBPG to Use Municipal Effluent for Wetland Restoration and Storm Protection." CNREP 2007 2nd National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems, New Orleans, LA., CD-Rom.

S.K. Mack, J.W. Day, A.J. Englande, R.S. Reimers, and G.C. Austin. (2008).  "Wetland Assimilation: Climate Change Adaptation and Restoration in the Mississippi Delta." WEF Specialty Conference Sustainability 2008 – Green Practices for the Water Environment, National Harbor, MD. pp 830-859..

S.K. Mack, J.W. Day, A.J. Englande, and R.S. Reimers. (2008). "Wastewater Infrastructure, Wetlands, and the Recovery of Hurricane Katrina."  EWA, WEF, & JWA 3rd Joint Specialty Conference "Sustainable Water Management in Response to 21st Century Pressures, Munich, Germany.  CD-ROM.

Smith, J.E. , Surampalli, R.Y.,  Reimers, R.S., Tyagi, R.D. and Lohani, B,N., ( 2008)."Disinfection Processes and Stability Refinements to Biosolids Treatment Technologies," American Society of Civil Engineering, Practice Periodical of Hazardous, Toxic and Radioactive Waste Management. Washington D.C., Volume 12, Issue 1, pp. 10-17.

Reimers, R.S. and Weber, D.A., (2008). "Not your typical Dryer—Biosolids Exothermic Drying Technology produces a Non-Combustible Class A Commercial Fertilizer," Biosolids Technical Bulletin, Volume 13, Number 6, WEF Publication, Alexandria, VA/, pp. 12-14.

Reimers, R.S. and Fitzmorris, K.B., (2009). Chapter 25. "The Advent of Value-Added Product from Manure and Municipal Biosolids." Manure Pathogens: Management, Regulations, and Water Quality Protection. WER Press and McGraw Hill, New York City, New York pp. 505-530.

Reimers, R.S., Fitzmorris, K.B., (2009). "Liabilities of Policy Development of Value-Added Products," a Chapter from WEF Publication Book entitled, Value-Added Products from Municipal, Agricultural and Industrial Residual Wastes ,  Alexandria, Virginia ( In Press).

Jirapongsuwan, A., Reimers, R.S. and Englande, A.J., (2009). "A Way of the Future Usage of Biotechnology to enchande the Production of Value-Added Products," a Chapter from WEF Publication Book entitled, Value-Added Products from Municipal, Agricultural and Industrial Residual Wastes ,  Alexandria, Virginia ( In Press).

Englande, A.J., Cleary, J., Reimers, R.S., Barbeau, D.N. and Srisawat, P. (2009), "Microconstituents in Wastewater-Fate, Treatment and issues," Water Science Technologies, Elsevier Science, Ltd., UK (In Press).

Fitzmorris, K.B., Reimers, R.S., Pillai, S.D., and Bowman, D.D., (2009) "Physical, Chemical and Biological Agents Impacting Disinfection in Residuals," WEF Residuals and Biosolids 2009 Specialty Conference, Portland, Oregon, CD-ROM.

Reimers, R.S., Englande, A.J., Skaggs, B.K., Austin, G.C., and Smith, P.M., 2009. "Residuals Management Program for Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes," WEF Disinfection 2009 Specialty Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, CD-ROM.

Skaggs, B.K., Reimers, R.S., Englande, A.J., Hunter, G.L. and Austin, G.C., 2009. "Disinfection Performance of Iron (VI) for Wastewater Disinfection, Reuse and Wetland Restoration," WEFTEC Conference, Orlando, Florida, CD-ROM.

Ssrisawat, P., Streiffer, A.B., Barbeau, D.N., Wiese, T.E., Grimm, D., Skaggs, B.K., Englande, A.J. and Reimers, R.S., 2010. "Reduction of Estrogenic Activity in Wastewater following Treatment with Ferrate," WEFTEC Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, CD-ROM.

Skaggs, B.K., Srisawat, P., Reimers, R.S. and Pillai, S.D., 2011, Book Chapter entitled, "Innovative Wastewater Disinfection Technologies,"  Praeger Handbook of  Environmental Health , ABC-CLIO, Inc., Santa Barbara, California(In Press)

Fritzmorris-Brisolara, K.B.Xu, Y., Reimers, R.S., Pillai, S.D., 2011," Assessment of Municipal and Agricultural Waste Residuals," Praeger Handbook of  Environmental Health , ABC-CLIO, Inc., Santa Barbara, California(In Press) 

 

Personal Statement:

 

Dr. Reimers is an environmental engineer and applied chemist specializing in natural resource management including residuals management and toxic/hazardous waste management. Areas of research are: biosolids treatment, disinfection, stabilization and reuse, industrial residual product development, innovative process development, usage of applied-fields to enhance existing processes and development chemical blends and other constituents for control of odors and sanitization. In these areas, he has published extensively along with the development of various patents. His research has assessed, developed or enhanced various techniques for over 55 industries, consulting firms and government agencies in the last 25 years. This research has been a result of over 80 grants and contracts yielding over 140 papers, 170 presentations and 120 technical reports. Dr. Reimers is active with various professional organizations specifically Water Environment Federation (WEF), International Water Association, American Water Works Association, The New York Academy of Science, Louisiana Academy of Sciences, and Fellow in American Institute of Chemists. He is past-chairman of WEF Disinfection Committee and co-chairman of Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, along with chairing many symposiums, specialty conferences and preconference workshops for WEF.

 

Level of Instruction:

graduate


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