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George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Distinguished Scientific Research

Dionysios D. Dionysiou

Biomedical, Chemical and
Environmental Engineering

College of Engineering &
Applied Science, University
of Cincinnati

As a native of the Island of Cyprus, Dionysios (Dion) D. Dionysiou, PhD, UC environmental engineering professor, knows firsthand the value of water. Thus, he has devoted his career to addressing the need to secure enough clean, drinkable water in arid countries and the developing world.

The Herman Schneider Professor of Environmental Engineering and Graduate Program Director in the College of Engineering and Applied Science has worked on more than 50 water quality projects and his research has received millions of dollars in funding from national and international organizations including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Geological Survey, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine/U.S. Agency for International Development, The Ohio Sea Grant, and DuPont. Dionysiou has collaborated with several universities and has received many prestigious awards in the fields of water quality, treatment and sanitation, such as the ARCADIS/Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Frontier in Research Award.

Dionysiou is a fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and served as Program Chair of the Division of Environmental Chemistry from 2008 to 2016. He is currently serving as chair-elect of the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry. He is a leading member of Sustainable Solutions Laboratories, the Center of Sustainable Urban Engineering, and the Drinking Water, Water Supply, Quality, and Treatment, and Environmental Nanotechnology Laboratories.

As the author or co-author of more than 310 refereed journal publications, over 86 conference proceedings, 29 book chapters publications, 24 editorials, and more than 550 presentations, Dionysiou is considered to be “among the top 1 percent of scientists/engineers in the field of advanced oxidation processes,” states Virender Sharma, PhD, director of the Program for Environment and Sustainability, Texas A&M. Dionysiou has edited several books, is editor of three prestigious journals and is an editorial board member of more than 10 journals. Dionysiou holds an impressive H factor of >63 with more than 13,000 citations of his work, further attesting to his high impact on the field.