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Phone: 919-515-7212 Email: barlaz@ncsu.eduOffice: 208D Mann Hall  MapWebsite: people.engr.ncsu.edu/barlaz/

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Dr. Morton Barlaz

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Dr. Barlaz is interested in refuse decomposition in landfills, integrated solid waste management and anaerobic bioremediation

  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

Dr. Morton A. Barlaz is Professor and Head of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

He has been involved in research on various aspects of solid waste since 1983. Over this time, he has conducted research on biological refuse decomposition, methane production, and the biodegradation of hazardous wastes in landfills.  He has participated in two state-of-the-practice reviews of bioreactor landfills.  His research forms the basis for much of the work done to assess the impact of landfills on methane emissions inventories.  Dr. Barlaz is also recognized for his research on the use of life-cycle analysis to evaluate environmental emissions associated with alternate solid waste management strategies.  Dr. Barlaz is the author of over 90 peer-reviewed publications and has made over 200 presentations at conferences throughout the world.  In 1992 he was awarded a Presidential Faculty Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Barlaz has been active in service throughout his career.  He is an Associate Editor for two journals (Waste Management and Journal of Environmental Engineering) and serves as co-chair of the bi-annual Intercontinental Landfill Research Symposium.  He has served as chair of the Government Affairs Committee and the Lectures Committee for the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.  Finally, he serves on the Science Advisory Committee for the International Waste Working Group.

Recent Research Projects for Barlaz

  • Solid Waste Management Planning for Wake County in Consideration of Cost, Energy and Environmental Emissions — 07/01/14 - 06/30/15 Details
  • SAVI: International Institute for Solid Waste Management Life-Cycle Modeling — 08/15/14 - 07/31/17 Details
  • Life-Cycle Analysis of Alternatives for Food Waste Management — 10/14/13 - 05/31/15 Details
  • Development of Methods to Measure the Hydrogen Sulfide Production Potential of Sulfur-Containing Wastes — 08/15/12 - 07/31/15 Details
  • Development of Methods to Measure Anaerobic Biodegradability Under Simulated Landfill Conditions — 08/01/11 - 08/28/13 Details
  • Utilizing Municipal Solid Waste as a Biofuel Feedstock — 07/01/11 - 04/30/13 Details
  • Effluent/Emissions Control Technology Studies, Source Characterizations, and Emissions Inventory Modeling and Homeland Security Research — 05/01/11 - 04/30/12 Details
  • Collaborative Research: Fluorochemical Signatures in Municipal Waste and Landfill Leachate — 04/01/11 - 01/31/16 Details
  • Effluent/Emissions Control Technology Studies, Source Characterizations, and Emissions Inventory Modeling and Homeland Security Research — 07/09/10 - 04/30/11 Details
  • Modernizing Models and Data on Methane Production from Landfills — 08/02/10 - 07/31/13 Details
  • The Environmental Sustainability of Integrated Solid Waste Management in a Carbon Constrained World — 08/15/10 - 07/31/15 Details
  • Integrated Solid Waste Management and Its Environmental Sustainability in a Carbon Constrained Environment — 01/01/10 - 12/31/14 Details
  • Collection and Synthesis of Existing Data into a Model to Assess Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Biodegradable Materials Discarded to Landfills — 02/08/10 - 03/31/11 Details
  • Monitoring the Behavior of Biogenic Organic Carbon in Bioreactor Landfills — 05/15/09 - 06/30/10 Details
  • North Carolina Landfill Capacity Study for NC-SWANA — 08/11/08 - 10/02/09 Details
  • Decision Support Tool Guidance Document for Management of Debris from Incidents of National Significance — 09/05/08 - 01/31/11 Details
  • Landfill Gas Management: A Roadmap For EREF Directed Research — 10/15/07 - 06/30/09 Details
  • Hydrogen Production at the Waimanalo Gulch Landfill: A Proposal to Explain Landfill Behavior — 02/14/07 - 12/31/08 Details
  • Laboratory Columns in Support of Field-Scale Research on Peak Energy Production From Bioreactor Landfills: Phase II — 07/01/06 - 05/31/07 Details
  • Non-Residential Solid Waste Management Life-Cycle Inventory Model — 07/01/06 - 02/28/09 Details
  • Laboratory Evaluation of Aerobic and Anaerobic Biodegradation Processes at the Maryland Sand, Gravel and Stone Site — 01/01/06 - 12/31/06 Details
  • The State of Municipal Solid Waste Bioreactor Landfills — 11/30/05 - 08/31/07 Details
  • Final Report on Application of Solid Waste Management Life-Cycle Model to Delaware — 09/01/05 - 06/30/06 Details
  • Laboratory Evaluation of pH Effects on Reductive Dechlorination — 09/01/05 - 07/31/06 Details
  • Predictive Tools for Sustainable Solid Waste Management Using Bioreactor Landfills — 02/01/06 - 09/30/10 Details
  • Master Agreement - Scientific, Technical, Research, Engineering, and Modeling Support (STREAMS) — 09/27/05 - 09/26/10 Details
  • Laboratory Columns in Support of Field-Scale Research on Peak Energy Production from Bioreactor Landfills — 09/01/05 - 03/30/06 Details
  • Application of Municipal Solid Waste Decision Support Tool to Wake County, North Carolina — 12/10/04 - 08/31/09 Details
  • Study of Landfill Gas as a Pathway for Chemical and Biological Contaminants — 08/25/04 - 12/31/09 Details
  • Microbial Community Profiling of Anaerobic Refuse Decomposition: Response to Acidic Conditions, Shock Loads and Moisture Addition — 04/01/04 - 05/16/15 Details
  • Evaluating Monitored Natural Attenuation of Perchlorate in Groundwater — 06/28/04 - 12/31/07 Details
  • Assessment of the Behavior of Chemical and Biological Contaminants in Landfills — 12/04/03 - 12/31/05 Details
  • Laboratory Evaluation of Edible Oil Transport and Utilization — 07/01/03 - 09/30/04 Details
  • Solid Waste Management Life-Cycle Inventory (SWM-LCI) Model Capabilities — 09/01/03 - 01/31/05 Details
  • Development of Ultimate Yield Factors for Trace Organic Compounds During the Biodegradation of Refuse Components — 06/01/02 - 05/31/04 Details
  • The Implications of Greenhouse Gas Limits for the Waste Management Industry (SA) — 01/15/02 - 06/15/02 Details
  • Alternatives for Comparison of Municipal Waste Management Alternatives (SA) — 09/10/01 - 12/31/01 Details
  • Production of NonMethane Organic Compounds & Volatile Organic Chemicals During Refuse Decomposition — 03/01/01 - 02/28/02 Details
  • A Global Assessment of Recycling Policy & Markets — 10/01/00 - 06/30/03 Details
  • Supplement to Existing Award: Sequestration Mechanisms and Bioavailability of Tetrachloroethene and Toluene in Solid — 09/01/01 - 02/28/06 Details
  • Long Term Nitrogen Management in Bioreactor Landfils: Mechanisms for Denitrification — 12/01/99 - 05/31/01 Details
  • Humification of Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Landfills as an Environmental Endpoint (SA) — 09/01/99 - 08/30/00 Details
  • Closing the Gaps in the Regulation of Municipal Solid Waste Landfills: Defining the End of the Post-Closure Monitoring — 09/13/99 - 09/12/01 Details
  • New Methods for Assessment of Pollution Prevention Technologies — 10/01/98 - 09/30/03 Details
  • Development of an Integraqted Systems Model to Explore Environmentally Beneficial Alternatives for Product Manufacturing — 09/15/98 - 08/31/01 Details
  • The Effects of Aging and Sorbent Decomposition on the Bioavailability of Toluene and Xylene in Solid Waste — 10/01/98 - 03/31/02 Details
  • New Methods for Assessment of Pollution Prevention Technologies — 10/01/98 - 09/30/03 Details
  • Evaluating the Potential for Futures Markets for Recyclable Materials — 05/01/98 - 03/31/00 Details
  • The Anaerobic Biodegradability of Polymers in a Laboratory-Scale Simulated Landfill — 10/01/97 - 09/30/98 Details
  • Effect of Spatial Heterogeneity on The Natural Bioattenuatio of Dissolved Hydrocarbons — 10/28/96 - 04/27/00 Details
  • Factors Controlling The Biodegradation of 1, 4 Dioxane During Subsurface Transport — 01/01/96 - 12/31/98 Details
  • Factors Controlling The Biodegradation of 1,4-Dioxane During Subsurface Transport — 01/01/96 - 12/31/98 Details
  • Effect of Cover Installation on Contaminant Fate and Ground- water Quality at The West KL Landfill — 10/26/95 - 06/30/98 Details
  • An Environmental Assessment of Management Alternatives for Municipal Solid Waste — 08/15/94 - 07/31/00 Details
  • Evaluation of Anaerobic Biodegradability of Radio Labelled Test Materials in a Laboratory-Scale Simulated Landfill — 04/15/94 - 12/31/95 Details
  • Evaluation of Anaerobic Biodegradability of Radio Labelled Test Materialss in a Laboratory-Scale Simulated Landfill — 04/01/94 - 12/31/95 Details
  • National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellows Program Nomination — 09/01/92 - 08/31/98 Details
  • Contamination of Groundwater by Group Leachate — 05/15/92 - 12/31/95 Details
  • Anaerobic Biodegradation of Benzene in Contaminated Aquifer Sediment — 07/01/96 - 06/30/97 Details
  • Influence of Iron Reduction on the Natural Bioremediation of Petroleum Spills — 07/01/93 - 03/31/96 Details
  • Integrated Analysis of Solid Waste Management Alternatives — 07/01/93 - 09/30/95 Details

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