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Philip Larese-Casanova

469 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Philip Larese-Casanova is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining Northeastern University, he was a postdoctoral scholoar at Eberhard-Karls University Tuebingen and later Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa in 2006.


  • Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa, 2006
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2000

Research & Scholarship Interests

Environmental chemistry and mineralogy; transformation and remediation of water pollutants; nanomaterial sorbents for water treatment
Affiliated With

Department Research Areas

College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • 2013 National Science Foundation Career Award
  • 2011 "Students Speak" Teaching Award
  • 2009-2010 Gaylord Donnelley Postdoctoral Environmental Fellow
  • 2003-2006 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society
  • Geochemical Society

Selected Publications

  • N. Cai, P. Larese-Casanova, Application of Positively-Charged Ethylenediamine-Functionalized Graphene for the Sorption of Anionic Contaminants from Water, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 4, 2016, 2941-2951
  • N. Cai, D. Peak, P. Larese-Casanova, Factors Influencing Natural Organic Matter Sorption onto Commercial Graphene Oxides, Chemical Engineering Journal, 273, 2015, 568-579
  • A.E.P. Schellenger, A. Onnis-Hayden, D. Jaisi, P. Larese-Casanova, Oxygen Kinetic Isotope Effects in Selenate during Microbial Reduction, Applied Geochemistry, 63, 2015, 261-271
  • P. Paydary, P. Larese-Casanova, Separation and Quantification of Quantum Dots and Dissolved Metal Cations by Size Exclusion Chromatography-ICP-MS, International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, 95(15), 2015, 1450-1470
  • N. Cai, P. Larese-Casanova, Sorption of Carbamazepine by Commercial Graphene Oxides: A Comparative Study with Granular Activated Carbon and Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 426, 2014, 152-161

Related News

January 25, 2016

CEE assistant professor Philip Larese-Casanova examines the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

March 6, 2015

CEE Assistant Professor Philip Larese-Casanova was awarded a $140K NSF Grant to study the “Recrystallization of Stable Iron Oxides in Reducing Environments”

April 28, 2014

CEE Professor Philip Larese-Casanova is exploring just how safe - or toxic - metallic components of our consumer products are after their disposal.