Faculty Profile

Jeremy S Guest

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jeremy S Guest
Jeremy S Guest
Assistant Professor
3221 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg
205 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 244-9247

Primary Research Area

  • Environmental Engineering and Science


  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 2012
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2007
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Bucknell University, 2005


Jeremy Guest is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the Thrust Leader for Sanitation and Resource Recovery for the Safe Global Water Institute and the Environmental Sustainability Lead for the Soybean Innovation Lab, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). His research focuses on sustainable technologies for engineered water systems, with an emphasis on biotechnology development for resource recovery from wastewater. By integrating experimentation, modeling, and quantitative sustainable design (QSD), Dr. Guest￿s research group leverages fundamental insights into molecular-scale processes to advance systems-scale sustainability, connecting technology innovation with broader societal initiatives for energy, food security, health and nutrition in both technologically advanced and developing communities.

Dr. Guest is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award and is the 2016 recipient of the Paul L. Busch Award for innovation in applied water quality research from the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF). His research has been sponsored by a number of agencies including the NSF, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and USAID. Dr. Guest￿s formal training includes a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from Bucknell University and Virginia Tech, respectively, and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE), 2015-present
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Civil and Environmental Engineering, December 2011-present

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Research Interests

  • Phototrophic Biotechnology [microalgae; wastewater; biofuel feedstock; process modeling]
  • Resource Recovery from Water [wastewater, nutrients, nitrogen, phosphorus; bioenergy; anaerobic; methane]
  • Sustainable Design [trade-offs across environmental, economic, social dimensions of sustainability; life cycle assessment, LCA; techno-economic analysis, TEA; life cycle costing, LCC; social factors; technology innovation]
  • Developing World Sanitation [sub-Saharan Africa; urban slums; rural]
  • Sustainable Agriculture [water quality; environmental sustainability; food security]

Research Areas

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Agrawal, S.; Guest, J.S.; Cusick, R.D. Elucidating the impacts of initial supersaturation and seed crystal loading on struvite precipitation kinetics, fines production, and crystal growth. Water Research, In press. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0043135418300022
  • Trimmer, J.T.; Cusick, R.D.; Guest, J.S. Amplifying progress toward multiple development goals through resource recovery from sanitation. Environmental Science & Technology, 2017, 51(18): 10765-10776. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.est.7b02147
  • Tenorio, R.; Fedders, A.C.; Strathmann, T.J.; Guest, J.S. Impact of growth phase on photochemically produced reactive species in the extracellular matrix of algal cultivation systems. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 2017, 3: 1095-1108. http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2017/EW/C7EW00172J#!divAbstract
  • Byrne, D.M.; Lohman, H.A.C.; Cook, S.M.; Peters, G.M.; Guest, J.S. Life cycle assessment (LCA) of urban water infrastructure: Emerging approaches to balance objectives and inform comprehensive decision-making. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 2017, 3, 1002-1014. [Featured on inside cover] http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2017/EW/C7EW00175D#!divAbstract
  • Byrne, D.M.; Grabowski, M.K.; Benitez, A.C.B.; Schmidt, A.R.; Guest, J.S. Evaluation of life cycle assessment (LCA) for roadway drainage systems. Environmental Science & Technology, 2017, 51(16): 9261-9270. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.est.7b01856
  • Bauza, V.; Guest, J.S. The effect of young children￿s feces disposal practices on child growth: Evidence from 34 countries. Tropical Medicine and International Health, 2017, 22(10): 1233-1248. [Selected as Editor's Choice article for October 2017 issue] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/tmi.12930/full
  • Hutchison, J.M.; Guest, J.S.; Zilles, J.L. Development of biocatalytic technology for the targeted removal of perchlorate from drinking water. Environmental Science & Technology, 2017, 51: 7178-7186. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.7b00831
  • Gardner-Dale, D.A.; Bradley, I.M.; Guest, J.S. Influence of solids residence time and carbon storage on nitrogen and phosphorus recovery by microalgae across diel cycles. Water Research, 2017, 121: 231-239. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2017.05.033
  • Li, Y.; Leow, S.; Fedders, A.C.; Sharma, B.K.; Guest, J.S.; Strathmann, T.J. Quantitative multiphase model for hydrothermal liquefaction of algal biomass. Green Chemistry, 2017, 19(4): 1163-1174. https://doi.org/10.1039/C6GC03294J
  • Bauza, V.; Ocharo, R.M.; Nguyen, T.H.; Guest J.S. Soil ingestion is associated with child diarrhea in an urban slum of Nairobi, Kenya. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2017, 96(3): 569-575. https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.16-0543
  • Bradley, I.M.; Pinto, A.J.; Guest, J.S. Design and evaluation of Illumina MiSeq compatible 18S rRNA gene-specific primers for improved characterization of mixed phototrophic communities. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2016, 82(19): 5878-5891. http://aem.asm.org/content/82/19/5878.short
  • Shoener, B.D.; Zhong, C.; Greiner, A.D.; Khunjar, W.O.; Hong, P.-Y.; Guest, J.S. Design of anaerobic membrane bioreactors for the valorization of dilute organic carbon waste streams. Energy & Environmental Science, 2016, 9: 1102-1112.
  • Shoener, B.D.; Bradley, I.M.; Cusick, R.D.; Guest, J.S. Energy positive domestic wastewater treatment: The roles of anaerobic and phototrophic technologies. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, 2014, 16(6): 1204-1222. Invited contribution as a featured Emerging Investigator.
  • Corominas, Ll.; Foley, J.; Guest, J.S.; Hospido, A.; Larsen, H.F.; Morera, S.; Shaw, A. Life cycle assessment applied to wastewater treatment: State of the art. Water Research, 2013, 47(15), 5480-5492.
  • Schoolman, E.D.; Guest, J.S.; Bush, K.F.; Bell, A.R. How interdisciplinary is sustainability research? Analyzing the structure of an emerging scientific field. Sustainability Science, 2012, 7(1), 67-80.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Byrne, D.M.; Trimmer, J.T.; Bauza, V.; Lardizabal, A.; Atim, P.; Guest, J.S. (Abstract, Presentation) The intersection of rural agriculture and drinking water safety in Northern Ghana. UNC Water & Health Conference; Chapel Hill, NC; October 16-20, 2017.
  • Bauza, V.; Byrne, D.M.; Trimmer, J.T.; Lardizabal, A.; Atim, P.; Guest, J.S. (Abstract, Poster) Soil ingestion by children in rural Ghana: Ingestion frequency, caregiver perceptions, and associations with diarrhea. UNC Water & Health Conference; Chapel Hill, NC; October 16-20, 2017.
  • Guest, J.S.; Bradley, I.M.; Gardner-Dale, D.A.; Shoener, B.D. (Abstract, Presentation) Tailoring nitrogen to phosphorus recovery ratios in intensive microalgal treatment systems. The 2nd International Resource Recovery Conference; International Water Association (IWA); Manhattan, NY; August 5-9, 2017.
  • Bauza, V.; Nguyen, T.H.; Guest, J.S. (Abstract, Presentation) Validation of bacterial community sequencing methods for microbial source tracking of human-associated fecal sources relevant to low- and middle-income countries. 2017 Water Microbiology Conference and the 19th￿IWA Health-Related Water Microbiology Symposium; International Water Association (IWA) and Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, NC; May 15-19, 2017.
  • Guest, J.S.; Bradley, I.M.; Gardner-Dale, D.A.; Fedders, A.C.; DeBellis, J.L. (Abstract, Presentation) Development of selective pressures for nitrogen and phosphorus recovery by microalgae across diurnal cycles. 1st IWA Conference on Algal Technologies for Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery; International Water Association; Delft, The Netherlands. March 16-17, 2017.
  • Leow, S.; Shoener, B.D.; Li, Y.; DeBellis, J.L.; Davis, R.; Laurens, L.M.L.; Nagle, N.; Pienkos, P.T.; Strathmann, T.J.; Guest, J.S. (Abstract, Presentation) Systems-scale optimization of the integrated microalgae-biofuel process applying various downstream aqueous conversion technologies. 2016 Algae Biomass Summit; Algae Biomass Organization (ABO); Phoenix, AZ; October 23-26, 2016.
  • Bradley, I.M.; Pinto, A.J.; Guest, J.S. (Abstract, Presentation) Improved characterization of mixed phototrophic communities through 18S rRNA gene-based amplicon sequencing. Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering (MEWE) 2016; Copenhagen, Denmark; September 4-7, 2016.
  • Gardner-Dale, D.; Bradley, I.M.; Guest, J.S. (Abstract, Presentation) Solids residence time dictates N:P recovery in microalgae. WEF / IWA Nutrient Removal and Recovery Conference; International Water Association (IWA), Water Environment Federation (WEF); Denver, CO; July 10-13, 2016.
  • Shoener, B.D.; Zhong, C.; Greiner, A.D.; Khunjar, W.O.; Hong, P.-Y.; Guest, J.S. (Abstract, Presentation) Prioritization Of Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor (AnMBR) Research & Development Through Quantitative Sustainable Design. IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies (LET); International Water Association (IWA); Jerez de la Frontera, Spain; June 13-16, 2016.

Journal Editorships

  • Editorial Board Member: Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology; a Royal Society of Chemistry Journal; 2014-2020.
  • Guest Editor: Special Issue on ￿Carbon-Neutral Treatment Plants￿; Water Research, an Elsevier Journal; 2015. Other Guest Editor: Damien Batstone, University of Queensland (Australia).

Professional Societies

  • Research and Technological Innovation Lead, North American Representative; Resource Recovery from Water Cluster; International Water Association (IWA); 2016-present
  • Management Team Member; Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Water and Wastewater Treatment Working Group, within the Modelling and Integrated Assessment Specialist Group, International Water Association (IWA); 2012-present
  • Management Team Member; Modelling of Integrated Urban Water Systems (MIUWS) Working Group, within the Modelling and Integrated Assessment Specialist Group, International Water Association (IWA); 2012-present

Service on Department Committees

  • Department Interdisciplinary Oversight Committee (2016-2018)

Teaching Honors

  • Bill Boyle Outstanding Educator Award ("Educator of the Year"), Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA) (2016)
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students (2014 (Sp, Fa); 2015 (Fa); 2016 (Sp, Fa); 2017 (Sp))

Research Honors

  • Fellow; Center for Advanced Study (CAS), UIUC (2017-2018)
  • Paul L. Busch Award; Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (2016)
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award; National Science Foundation (NSF) (2014-2019)

Other Honors

  • Excellence Faculty Fellow, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (2016)
  • MWH/AEESP Master's Thesis Award, First Place; Brian D. Shoener (M.S. Advisee) (2015)
  • Excellence in Review Award, Environmental Science & Technology (2014)