Educational Background

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Drexel University
  • M.Eng. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
  • Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

Research Interests

  • Biological conversion of waste materials to useful forms of energy, such as methane and hydrogen
  • Life-cycle assessment of waste management technologies with emphasis on electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Treatment of industrial pollutants
  • Performance analysis and optimization of existing waste treatment facilities
  • Biological degradation of xenobiotic compounds

Teaching Specialties

  • Introduction to environmental engineering
  • Environmental engineering biotechnology
  • Exploring engineering
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Environmental engineering chemistry
  • Environmental pollution and control
  • Hazardous waste and society

Current Research

  • Technical and economic evaluation of on-campus bioconversion of food waste to methane
  • Bioconversion of waste materials to hydrogen and methane
  • Biological removal of nitrogen from wastewaters

Selected Publications

DiStefano, T.D., A.Palomar. 2010. Effect of Reactor Configuration on Useful Energy Production from Anaerobic Biodegradation. Water Research. 44(8), 2583-2591.

Drennan, M.F., T.D. DiStefano. 2010. Characterization of the curing process from high-solids anaerobic digestion. Bioresource Technology. 101, 537-544.

DiStefano, T.D., L.G.Belenky. 2009. Life-cycle analysis of energy and greenhouse gas emissions from anaerobic biodegradation of municipal solid waste. J. Envir. Engrg. 35 (11), 1097-1105.

Vesilind, P.A., T.D.DiStefano. 2006. Controlling environmental pollution: an introduction to the technologies, history, and ethics. DEStech Publications, Lancaster, PA.

DiStefano, T.D., A.Ambulkar. 2006. Methane production and solids destruction in an anaerobic solid waste reactor due to post-reactor caustic and heat treatment. Water Science and Technology. Vol 53, No.8, pp. 33-41.

T.D. DiStefano, 2005. Use of a Respirometer to Analyze Anaerobic Biodegradation of Municipal Solid Waste. Presented at the 20th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management. Phila, PA.

T.D. DiStefano, R.E. Speece and M.Hnatin, 2004. Evaluation of anaerobic process configuration on food waste and municipal solid waste. Presented at the 10th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion, Montreal, Canada.

Puterbaugh,S., T.D. DiStefano. 2002. Preliminary Analysis of Hydrolysis and Acidification of Food Processing Waste. Presented at the Annual Pennsylvania Water Environment Association Conference. State College, PA.

DiStefano, T.D., M.Hantin. 2002. Evaluating anaerobic treatment for presorted food wastes, The BioCycle Guide to Anaerobic Digestion. The JG Press, Emmaus, PA. pp. 52-54.

DiStefano, T.D., M.Duran, R.E.Speece, M.Hnatin. 2001. Startup of an anaerobic biodegradation system for food processing waste and size reduced municipal solid waste. Presented at Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) 6th Annual Landfill Symposium. San Diego, CA.

DiStefano, T.D., Baral, R., Duran, M., and Speece, R.E. 2001. “A Comparison of Complex Electron Donors for Anaerobic Dechlorination of PCE.” Bioremediation Journal. Vol 5, No. 2: 131-143.

DiStefano, T.D. 2001. Anaerobic Biodegradation of Food Processing Waste and Municipal Solid Waste, Presented at the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) regional meeting. Annapolis, MD.

DiStefano, T.D., Duran, M., Speece, R.E., and Hnatin, M. 2000. Biochemical Methane Potential Analysis to Support Segregated Anaerobic Treatment of Food Processing Wastes. Presented at The Sixteenth International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, December, 2000, Philadelphia, PA.

DiStefano, T.D. 1999. The Effect of Tetrachloroethene on Biological Dechlorination of Vinyl Chloride: Potential Implication for Natural Bioattenuation. Water Research. Vol. 33, No. 7. 1688-1694.

Dudiak, K.A., and T.D.DiStefano, 1997. "Reductive Dechlorination of PCE by a Methanogenic Culture taken from an Aerobic Fluidized-Bed Reactor," Hazardous and Industrial Wastes. Boardman, G. (Ed). Technomic, Lancaster, PA.

DiStefano, T.D. 1995. "Biological Reductive Dechlorination of Chlorinated Ethylenes: Implications for Natural Attenuation and Biostimulation," Hazardous and Industrial Wastes. Sengupta, A.K. (Ed). Technomic, Lancaster, PA.

Tandoi, V., T. DiStefano, P. Bowser et al, 1994. "Reductive Dehalogenation of Chlorinated Ethenes and Halogenated Ethanes by a High-Rate Anaerobic Enrichment Culture," Environ. Sci. Technol. 28:973-979.

DiStefano, T. D., J. M. Gossett and S. H. Zinder. 1992. "Hydrogen as an electron donor for dechlorination of tetrachloroethene by an anaerobic mixed culture," Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 58:3622-3629.

DiStefano, T. D., J. M. Gossett and S. H. Zinder. 1991. "Reductive dechlorination of high concentrations of tetrachloroethene to ethene by an anaerobic enrichment culture in the absence of methanogenesis," Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 57:2287-2292.


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