Faculty Experts - Metin Duran

Metin Duran

Metin Duran

Area of Expertise:

  • Biological Processes for Wastewater Treatment
  • Renewable Energy from Waste
  • Microbiology of Anaerobic Processes
  • Microbial Water Quality and Microbial Source Tracking


Solving the growing problem of how to treat and remove waste is one of today's most important environmental concerns. Dr. Duran's experience and research as a leading environmental engineering expert qualifies him to explain how to identify and remediate pollutants in waste, and the potential for wastewater reuse. Particularly timely is Duran's research on increasing methane yield at Philadelphia Water Department Water Pollution Control Facilities so that use of methane as a renewable energy source would be economically more feasible. He can also speak about microorganisms that live in extreme environments like thermal vents on Earth and possibly on Mars.


  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
  • M.S.W.R., Vanderbilt University
  • B.S.C.E.E., Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey

Selected Publications

  • Uludag-Demirer, S., Taskin, B., Demirer, G.N., and Duran, M.  2013. “The effect of managing nutrients in the performance of anaerobic digesters of municipal wastewater treatment plants," Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, DOI 10.1007/s00253-012-4499-9.
  • Alanya, S., Yilmazel, Y.D., Park, C. Willis, J.L., Keaney, J., Kohl,P.M., Hunt, J.A., and Duran, M. 2013. “Anaerobic co-digestion of sewage sludge and primary clarifier skimmings for increased biogas production” Water Science and Technology, 67(1):174-179.
  • Taskin, B., Gozen, A.G., Duran, M. 2011.  “Selective quantification of viable Escherichia coli in biosolids by quantitative PCR with propidium monoazide modification," Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 77(13):4329-4335.
  • Park, C., Bega, A., Unlu, C., Chadderton, R.A., McKean, W.R., Kohl, P.M., Hunt, J.A., Keaney, J., Willis, J.L. and Duran, M. 2010. “Acetoclastic methanogens in an anaerobic digester could be susceptible to trace metal supplementation," Water Science and Technology, 62(12):2905-2911. 

Selected Professional Experience

  • Assistant Adjunct Professor of Water Quality Center, Marquette University
  • Visiting Scholar, Genomics and Microarray Facility, The Wistar Institute, University of Pennsylvania
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Miami University
  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Istanbul

Selected Research

  • Optimizing the Performance of Anaerobic Sludge Digestion Process at NEWPCP of Philadelphia Water Department, 2008-2009, Philadelphia Water Department.
  • The Core Genomic Laboratory for teaching and research in biotechnology, 2008-2009, National Science Foundation.
  • Feasibility of using microarrays for rapid and accurate on-site identification of pathogens in naval emergencies, 2007-2008, Ablaze Development Corporation.
  • Research on a novel, high-temperature anaerobic digestion process for renewable energy from biosolids, animal manure, and cellulosic biomass, sponsored by American Refining and Biochemical,Inc.

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