David Hanigan

Assistant Professor
David Hanigan

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  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Arizona State University, 2015
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Missouri, 2011
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Missouri, 2009


Dr. Hanigan graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2009. He was awarded an M.S. in 2011 from the University of Missouri where his research focused on the removal of Trihalomethane (THM) and Haloacetic acid (HAA) precursors using MIEX and activated carbon.

During his M.S., Dr. Hanigan was awarded the Paul Kufrin Memorial Scholarship. While working towards his Ph.D. he has received multiple awards, including the Ira A. Fulton Fellowship, ACS Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry, ASU Engineering Dean's Fellowship, and AZ Water Association Scholarship. Hanigan's Ph.D. was further supported in part by the prestigious AWWA Abel Wolman Fellowship and the WEF Canham Graduate Studies Scholarship.

His Ph.D. research (2015, Arizona State University) focused on removal, characterization, and identification of N-nitrosamine precursors. His current research interest is in how anthropogenic chemicals (pharmaceuticals, pesticides, etc.) affect human health and ecological endpoints.

After completion of his Ph.D. he was a post-doctoral researcher at Arizona State University studying the implications of nanomaterial use through their life cycle (EPA -LCNano).

Research interests

Increasing global population has amplified anthropogenic loading of organic matter to the water cycle, and increased the rate of incidental water reuse, both of which are core concepts of Hanigan's work. The Hanigan Lab focuses on environmental organic and inorganic chemistry and process based water treatment.

Professional associations

  • International Water Association
  • American Works Association
  • Water Environment Federation
  • American Chemical Society
  • Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors
  • Registered Professional Engineer, Arizona

Selected and recent publications

  1. Roback, S., Ferrer, I., Thurman, E. M., Ishida, K., Plumlee, M. H., Poustie, A., Westerhoff, P., Hanigan, D. Non-Target Mass Spectroscopy Analysis of NDMA Precursors in Advanced Treatment for Potable Reuse. Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 201X. (In press)
  2. Krasner, S. W., Westerhoff, P., Mitch, W. A., Hanigan, D., McCurry, D. L., von Gunten, U. Behavior of NDMA Precursors at 21 Full-Scale Water Treatment Facilities. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, 201X. (In press)
  3. Gao, Q., Wang, C.-Z., Liu, S., Hanigan, D., Liu, S.-T., Zhao, H.-Z. Ultrafiltration Membrane Microreactor (MMR) for Simultaneous Removal of Nitrate and Phosphate from Water. Chemical Engineering Journal, 2019. 355: p. 238-246
  4. Hanigan, D., Truong, L., Schoepf, J., Nosaka, T., Mulchandani, A., Tanguay, R. L., Westerhoff, P. Trade-offs in Ecosystem Impacts from Nanomaterial versus Organic Chemical Ultraviolet Filters in Sunscreens. Water Research, 2018. 139: p. 281-290.
  5. Kidd, J., Hanigan, D., Truong, L., Hristovski, K., Tanguay, R., Westerhoff, P. Developing and Interpreting Aqueous Functional Assays for Comparative Property-Risk Relationships of Different Nanoparticles. Science of the Total Environment, 2018. 628-629: p. 1609-1616.
  6. Chen, S., Yuan, Z., Hanigan, D., Westerhoff, P., Zhao, H., Ni, J. Coagulation Behaviors of New Covalently Bound Hybrid Coagulants (CBHyC) in Surface Water Treatment. Separation and Purification Technology, 2018. 192(Supplement C): p. 322-328
  7. Venkatesan, A. K., Reed, R. B., Lee, S., Bi, X., Hanigan, D., Yang, Y., Ranville, J. F., Herckes, P., Westerhoff, P. Detection and Sizing of Ti-containing Particles in Recreational Waters Using Single Particle ICP-MS. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 2018. 100(1): p. 120-126.
  8. Lankone, R., Challis, K., Bi, Y., Hanigan, D., Reed, R., Zaikova, T., Hutchison, J., Westerhoff, P., Ranville, J. F., Fairbrother, F., Gilbertson, L. Methodology for Quantifying Engineered Nanomaterial Release from Diverse Product Matrices Under Outdoor Weathering Conditions and Implications for Life Cycle Assessment. Environmental Science: Nano, 2017. 4(9): p. 1784-1797 (Cover article and selected by editorial team as top 10% published in ES: Nano)
  9. Hanigan, D., Truong, L., Simonich, M., Tanguay, R., Westerhoff, P. Zebrafish Embryo Toxicity of 15 Chlorinated, Brominated, and Iodinated Disinfection By-products. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 2017. 58: p. 302-310.
  10. Hanigan, D., Ferrer, I., Thurman, E. M., Herckes, P., Westerhoff, P. LC/QTOF-MS Fragmentation of N-nitrosodimethylamine Precursors in Drinking Water Supplies is Predictable and Aids Their Identification. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2017. 323(Part A): p. 18-25.