Daisuke Minakata

Daisuke Minakata


  • Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Department of Physics
  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • MS, Environmental Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan
  • BS, Environmental Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan


Dr. Daisuke Minakata obtained BS and MS in Environmental Engineering from Kyoto University, Japan in 2002 and 2005, respectively. He obtained PhD in environmental engineering from Georgia Tech in 2010.  Dr. Minakata worked as a research engineer at the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable System at Georgia Tech for three and half years.  Then, Dr. Minakata became an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering at Michigan Tech in 2013. He was promoted to associate professor in 2019.

Dr.  Minakata's research interests include development of computational tools for various water and wastewater treatment technologies, innovative water treatment technologies, and sustainable energy harvesting technologies. His teaching interests include principles of physical chemical water and wastewater treatment processes, environmental process and design, computational environmental engineering.  Dr. Minakata has published numerous peer-reviewed paper in Environmental Science and Technology, Water Research, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Applied Catalysis, etc.

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Teaching Interests

  • Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes
  • Environmental Process and Design
  • Computational Environmental Engineering and Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Sustainable water and wastewater treatment and management
  • Development of assessing and predicting tools for water treatment technologies
  • Innovative water and wastewater treatment technologies for energy saving and harvesting
  • Systematic and integrated understanding of water and wastewater reuse
  • Application of computational chemistry and molecular modeling