May Wu is the Principal Investigator for water sustainability analysis in biofuel production. Her research focuses on water use, water quality and water availability as related to the development of conventional fuel, electricity, emerging fuels and life cycle analysis.
Wu currently leads an effort to develop tools to better understand the water footprint of biofuels produced from starch, cellulosic, oil seeds, and algae. She also heads a project applying watershed modeling for the Mississippi River basin using a Soil Water Analysis Tool.
Wu served as an expert advisor to the Water Working Group of the Council on Sustainable Biomass Production and supported the National Biomass R&D Board’s Sustainability Interagency Working Group. She has extensive experience in the areas of water treatment, wastewater treatment, online monitoring of anaerobic biological processes, microbial-induced corrosion, fermentation and membrane separation.
Before joining Argonne in 2004, Wu was a Senior Research Microbiologist at Nalco Company. She holds several U.S. patents, has authored or co-authored 40 publications and has a dual Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Toxicology from Michigan State University.