Goksel Demirer
School of Engineering & Technology
Institute for Great Lakes Research

Anaerobic Environmental Biotechnology, Wastewater Engineering, Waste Valorization, Resource Efficiency, Sustainability, Pollution Prevention, Industrial Ecology
ET Building 236

​Dr. Göksel N. Demirer received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Department of Environmental Engineering at Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey. Then, he moved to US for his Ph.D. studies and received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. He worked in the Department of Environmental Engineering at METU as a faculty member between 1997-2018 before he joined CMU.

He has 103 peer-reviewed journal publications, 150 conference proceeding publications, 7 book or book chapters, over 3000 citations recorded in the Science Citation Index (ISI). His h-index is 30. He has been the primary investigator of 14 and co-primary investigator or researcher of 12 research projects. Moreover, he has been the principal supervisor of 31 and co-advisor of 4 M.Sc. and Ph.D. theses.

He also has extensive consulting experience with government, private companies as well as international organizations such as United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, World Bank-International Finance Corporation, World Wildlife Fund, etc.


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1996
  • M.Sc., Environmental Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 1991
  • B.Sc., Environmental Engineering, MIddle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, 1989

Research Interests

  • Anaerobic Environmental Biotechnology
  • Wastewater Engineering
  • Waste Valorization
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Sustainability
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Industrial Ecology

Teaching Areas

  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • Sustainable Engineering
  • Environmental Microbiology for Engineers
  • Anaerobic Treatment of Wastes
  • Wastewater Engineering Design
  • Environmental Engineering Processes
  • Cleaner Production
  • Pollution Prevention and Clean Technologies
  • Natural Systems for Wastewater Treatment

Selected Publications

  • Uludag-Demirer S. and Demirer G.N., 2021. Post-anaerobic treatability and residual biogas potential of digestate, Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13399-021-01290-7.
  • Plude S. And Demirer, G.N., 2020. Valorization of hazardous algal blooms and food waste as bio-methane, Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, 2020;e13561, https://doi.org/10.1002/ep.13561.
  • Akturk A.S., Demirer G.N., 2020. Improved food waste stabilization and valorization by anaerobic digestion through supplementation of conductive materials and trace elements, Sustainability, 12, 5222; doi:10.3390/su12125222.
  • Ülgüdür N., Ergüder T.H., Uludağ-Demirer S., Demirer G.N., 2019. High-rate anaerobic treatment of digestate using fixed film reactors, Environmental Pollution, 252, 1622-1632, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2019.06.115.
  • Ülgüdür N., Ergüder T.H., Demirer G.N., 2019. Simultaneous dissolution and uptake of nutrients in microalgal treatment of the secondarily treated digestate, Algal Research, 43, 101633, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.algal.2019.101633.
  • Gür E. and Demirer G.N., 2019. Anaerobic digestability and biogas production capacity of pistachio processing wastewater in UASB reactors, ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, 145(8): 04019042.
  • Ulgudur N. and Demirer G.N., 2019. Anaerobic treatability and residual biogas potential of the effluent stream of anaerobic digestion, Water Environment Research, Vol. 91, No:3, 259–268.
  • Calicioglu O. and Demirer G.N., 2019. Carbon-to-nitrogen and substrate-to-inoculum ratio adjustments can improve co-digestion performance of microalgal biomass obtained from domestic wastewater treatment, Environmental Technology, Vol. 40, No: 5, 614–624.
  • Çaylı D., Uludag-Demirer S., and Demirer G.N., 2018. Coupled nutrient removal from the wastewater and CO2 biofixation from the flue gas of iron and steel manufacturing, Int. J. Global Warming, Vol. 16, No. 2, 148–161. 
  • Ramírez-Arpide F.R., Demirer G.N., Gallegos-Vázquez C., Hernández-Eugenio G., Santoyo-Cortés V.H., Espinosa-Solares T., 2018, Life cycle assessment of biogas production through anaerobic co-digestion of nopal cladodes and dairy cow manure, Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 172, 2313-2322.