“Dr. Rittmann is recognized for his body of work, from membrane biofilm reactors to membrane capture of CO2,” according to a WEF Award statement.
Rittmann is the director of the Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, a Regents Professor of environmental engineering at ASU and one of the world’s foremost leaders in the field.
The award was created in honor of Thomas R. Camp, “an outstanding educator, consultant and writer whose contributions to applied research have guided design criteria in many aspects of water pollution control.”
The honor from WEF will be added to a lengthy list of prizes and accolades Rittmann has received for his pioneering work, including the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize, which has been described as the Nobel Prize of water research.
Rittmann’s broad research interests involve the management of microbial communities to provide services to society. These endeavors include remediation of environmental pollution, water and wastewater treatment, capture of renewable energy and technologies for the improvement of human health.
Research highlighting the vital role of microbial communities in converting pollutants into useable commodities was described by Rittmann in a 2018 podcast.