Morton Barlaz

Distinguished University Professor

Dr. Morton A. Barlaz is a Distinguished University Professor of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Barlaz is the author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and hundreds of presentations at conferences throughout the world. In 1992, he was awarded a Presidential Faculty Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. In 2022, Dr. Barlaz was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow for his “distinguished contributions to the field of environmental engineering, particularly for advancing understanding of solid waste engineering and related fundamental biological and chemical processes.”

Dr. Barlaz has been active in service throughout his career. He is an associate editor for two journals (Waste Management and Journal of Environmental Engineering) and serves as co-chair of the bi-annual Intercontinental Landfill Research Symposium. He has served as chair of the Government Affairs Committee and the Lectures Committee for the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. He also serves on the Science Advisory Committee for the International Waste Working Group.


Ph. D. 1988

Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Wisconsin

M.S. 1985

Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Wisconsin

B.S. 1978

Chemical Engineering

University of Michigan

Research Description

Dr. Barlaz has been involved in research on various aspects of solid waste since 1983. Over this time, he has conducted research on biological refuse decomposition, methane production, and the biodegradation of hazardous wastes in landfills. He has participated in two state-of-the-practice reviews of bioreactor landfills. His research forms the basis for much of the work done to assess the impact of landfills on methane emissions inventories. Dr. Barlaz is also recognized for his research on the use of life-cycle analysis to evaluate environmental emissions associated with alternate solid waste management strategies. Most recently, he has been working on the processes that contribute to heat accumulation in landfills.


Influence of Inoculum Type on Volatile Fatty Acid and Methane Production in Short-Term Anaerobic Food Waste Digestion Tests
Ding, H., Barlaz, M. A., de los Reyes III, F. L., & Call, D. F. (2022, December 9), ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING, Vol. 12.
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Facemasks: Potential Source of Human Exposure to PFAS with Implications for Disposal to Landfills
Muensterman, D. J., Cahuas, L., Titaley, I. A., Schmokel, C., Cruz, F. B., Barlaz, M. A., … Field, J. A. (2022), ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY LETTERS, 9(4), 320–326.
Critical review on PFOA, kidney cancer, and testicular cancer
Stevenson, E. D., Kleinman, M. T., Bai, X., Barlaz, M., Abraczinskas, M., Guidry, V., … Chow, J. (2021). [Review of , ]. JOURNAL OF THE AIR & WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, 71(10), 1265–1276.
Development of Streamlined Life-Cycle Assessment for the Solid Waste Management System
Wang, Y., Levis, J. W., & Barlaz, M. A. (2021), Environmental Science & Technology, 55(8), 5475–5484.
Evidence of thermophilic waste decomposition at a landfill exhibiting elevated temperature regions
De la Cruz, F. B., Cheng, Q., Call, D. F., & Barlaz, M. A. (2021), Waste Management, 124, 26–35.
Life-Cycle Assessment of a Regulatory Compliant US Municipal Solid Waste Landfill
Wang, Y., Levis, J. W., & Barlaz, M. A. (2021), ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 55(20), 13583–13592.
Measurement of heat release during hydration and carbonation of ash disposed in landfills using an isothermal calorimeter
Narode, A., Pour-Ghaz, M., Ducoste, J. J., & Barlaz, M. A. (2021), Waste Management, 124, 348–355.
What Is the Best End Use for Compost Derived from the Organic Fraction of Municipal Solid Waste?
Sardarmehni, M., Levis, J. W., & Barlaz, M. A. (2021), ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 55(1), 73–81.
A Finite Element Model Describes Heat Generation, Transport, and Accumulation in Elevated Temperature Landfills
Hao, Z., Ducoste, J., & Barlaz, M. A. (2020). , . Presented at the Global Waste Management Symposium, Indian Wells, CA.
Abrasion Resistance of Concrete Exposed to Organic Acids
Park, S., Castellano, L., Barlaz, M. A., & Pour-Ghaz, M. (2020), JOURNAL OF MATERIALS IN CIVIL ENGINEERING, 32(8).

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A Life-Cycle Comparison of Landfilling and Waste-to-Energy Combustion in Montgomery County Maryland
Montgomery County(12/06/22 - 12/05/23)
Characterization of Wood Samples
Kodama Systems, Inc.(8/15/22 - 12/31/23)
Development of a fast-open source model to assess heat generation from alternative landfill disposal strategies
Environmental Research & Education Foundation(6/01/22 - 5/31/24)
Comparison of Field Measurements to Methane Emissions Models at Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
Environmental Research & Education Foundation(3/01/22 - 3/01/23)
Does the Disposal of PFAS-containing Special Wastes Impact Leachate PFAS Concentrations?
Environmental Research & Education Foundation(1/01/22 - 12/31/23)
AI-Enabled Hyperspectral Imaging Augmented with Multi-Sensory Information for Rapid/Real-time Analysis of Non-Recyclable Heterogeneous MSW for Conversion to Energy
US Dept. of Energy (DOE) - Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)(10/01/21 - 9/30/23)
Development of a Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Systems Analysis Tool (SAT) to Assist in Prioritization of Destruction Research and Management Decisions
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(3/22/21 - 3/31/22)
Development of a Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Systems Analysis Tool (SAT) to Assist in Prioritization of Destruction Research and Management Decisions
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(6/11/20 - 9/30/20)
High Performance Nonwovens Bags
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(10/01/20 - 4/30/22)
Anaerobic Decomposition of Cotton Fabric Under Simulated Landfill Conditions
Cotton, Inc.(1/01/20 - 12/31/22)