Case van Genuchten

Case van Genuchten



Case van Genuchten is an environmental engineer (PhD, UC Berkeley, Dec 2013) whose research focuses on creating technical solutions to improve access to safe drinking water in high- and low-income areas. Case has led or collaborated in projects to design, test and implement water treatment technologies in decentralized, rural areas of South Asia and in large-scale conventional treatment plants in Europe. One of the key components of Case's work is his avid use of synchrotron-based X-ray methods to generate molecular-scale knowledge of the reactions that underpin water and soil remediation technologies, for which he as awarded the 2020 Farrel W. Lytle Award by the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. He is currently a Berkeley Lab affiliate in the Energy Technologies Area (working with Hanna Breunig) and a Researcher in the Geochemistry Department of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.  


Civil and Environmental Engineering, PhD, UC Berkeley, 2013
Civil and Environmental Engineering, MSc, UC Berkeley, 2009
Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, San Diego State University, 2008


5th Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water, Creativity Prize -  October 8th 2012

The award citation noted that Gadgil received his recognition for “research [relating to] one of the greatest problems currently facing the water supply: the arsenic contamination of groundwater.” The citation continues: “The Creativity Prize is being awarded to Dr. Ashok Gadgil’s team at UC Berkley for developing an economical and effective way to treat arsenic contamination and restore the groundwater supply to potability for millions of poor people around the globe. Together, these achievements promise to save countless lives.”

Affiliations: Susan Addy and Case van Genuchten, UC Berkeley; Professor Joyashree Roy from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India; and Ashok Gadgil and Robert Kostecki from EETD/Berkeley Lab.