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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
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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

  • Larese-Casanova, P., Haderlein, S., and Kappler, A. (2010). "Biomineralization of lepidocrocite and goethite by nitrate-reducing Fe(II)-oxidizing bacteria: Effect of pH, bicarbonate, phosphate, and humic acids," Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 74(13), 3721-3734.
  • Larese-Casanova, P., Cwiertny, D., and Scherer, M.M. (2010). "Nanogoethite formation from oxidation of Fe(II) sorbed on aluminum oxide: implications for contaminant reduction," Environmental Science & Technology. 44(10), 3765-3771.
  • Rosso, K.M., Yanina, S.V., Gorski, C.A., Larese-Casanova, P., and Scherer, M.M. (2010). "Connecting observations of hematite (a-Fe2O3) growth catalyzed by Fe(II)," Environmental Science & Technology. 44(1) 61-67.
  • Amstaetter, K., Borch, T., Larese-Casanova, P., and Kappler, A. (2010). "Redox transformation of arsenic by Fe(II)-activated goethite (a-FeOOH)," Environmental Science & Technology. 44(1) 102-108.
  • Larese-Casanova, P. and Scherer, M.M. (2008). "Abiotic reduction of hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) by green rusts," Environmental Science & Technology. 42(11) 3975-3981.
  • N. Cai, P. Larese-Casanova "Factors Influencing Natural Organic Matter Sorption onto Commercial Graphene Oxides", Chemical Engineering Journal, 273, 2015, 568-579
  • A.E.P. Schellenger, P. Larese-Casanova "Oxygen Isotope Indicators of Selenate Reaction with Fe(II) and Fe(III) Hydroxides, Environmental Science and Technology", 47(12), 2013, 6254-6262
  • P. Larese-Casanova, R.E. Blake "Measurement of §18O Values in Arsenic and Selenium Oxyanions", Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 27(1), 2013, 117-126
  • 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

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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.