SCALING & FOULING CONTROL | THRUST 3

This effort will exploit unique nano-scale interfacial phenomena to develop fouling and scaling control strategies that ensure that NEWT’s systems (a) operate stably and reliably with a wide range of feed waters, and (b) produce water that does not foul or form scales in its reuse. We will develop effective pre-treatment methods and high-performance anti-fouling membranes.

 

Specific projects include:

 

  • Nanotemplate assisted mineral nucleation
     

  • ENM coatings that resist organic and biological fouling and scaling
     

  • Nanocomposite electrodes that selectively remove multivalent ions by electrosorption

RESEARCHERS

Rafael Verduzco

Rice University

Francois Perreault

Arizona State University

Meny Elimelech

Yale University
 

Qilin Li

Rice University
 

Jun Lou

Rice University
 

Francois Perreault

Arizona State University
 

Lauren Stadler

Rice University
 

Dino Villagran

University of Texas at El Paso
 

Shane Walker

University of Texas at El Paso

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NEWT is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) award #EEC-1449500
 
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