David L. Sedlak

Professor of Environmental Engineering
Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
(510) 643-0256
Research Expertise and Interest
fate and transport of and transformation of chemicals in the aquatic environment, water reuse and water recycling, urban water infrastructure, engineered treatment wetlands
Research Description

Professor Sedlak's research interests are related to the fate of wastewater-derived chemical contaminants in conventional and advanced wastewater treatment plants, fate of steroid hormones in the aquatic environment, chemical fate during groundwater recharge and in engineered treatment wetlands, metal speciation in soil and water.

In the News

August 30, 2018

Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutants

UC Berkeley engineers have created a new way to remove contaminants from storm water, potentially addressing the needs of water-stressed communities that are searching for ways to tap the abundant and yet underused source of fresh drinking water.
November 1, 2017

Climate video series: ‘stillsuits’ for cities

Today, as an expert on water, David Sedlak says that cities may soon have to develop their own version of the stillsuit to recycle wastewater, from storm runoff to household sewage, for drinking.
February 18, 2014

Time is now for a new revolution in urban water systems

As California grapples with what state water officials have called a drought of “epic proportions,” UC Berkeley urban-water expert David Sedlak has been watching for signs that people are ready for a water revolution.

July 25, 2011

New NSF center tackles urban water infrastructure

The NSF has announced a five-year, $18.5 million grant to fund a new Engineering Research Center (ERC) to re-invent the country’s urban water infrastructure, which is seeing increasing challenges from age, population growth and the effects of climate change. The new center will be led by Stanford University in partnership with UC Berkeley, Colorado School of Mines and New Mexico State University.