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NEWT is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) award #EEC-1449500
 
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LOW ENERGY DESALINATION | THRUST 2

This effort will exploit and advance recent developments in nanophotonics and thin film nanocomposite materials to improve the energy efficiency of desalination. We will develop two alternative solar desalination technologies, low-pressure reverse osmosis (RO) and direct solar membrane distillation (MD), for treating water containing a wide range of contaminants including total dissolved solids (TDS).
 

Specific Projects include:

 

  • Design and synthesis of NP-based media for optimized solar-thermal processes
     

  • Nanophotonic enhanced direct solar membrane distillation
     

  • Mixed matrix NF/RO membranes

 

RESEARCHERS

Jaehong Kim

Yale University

Mary Laura Lind

Arizona State University

 

Pedro Alvarez

Rice University

Menachem Elimelech

Yale University

Qilin Li

Rice University

Peter J. A. Nordlander

Rice University

 

Francois Perreault

Arizona State University

W. Shane Walker

University of Texas at El Paso

Rafael Verduzco

Rice University