Basic and applied research in membrane science & technology; process development, design, control of membrane-based water treatment systems; water reclamation & reuse; process intensification; process automation; prototyping and pilot systems; distributed water systems and cyber-infrastructure; fouling & mineral scaling; membrane integrity; real-time membrane system performance monitoring; desalination concentrate treatment and salt harvesting; energy issues in water treatment and desalination processes; water treatment infrastructure for disadvantaged/remote communities.
Development of advanced technologies in water treatment and desalination, including chemical enhanced seeded precipitation for RO concentrate treatment, novel integration and control of integrated UF-RO for seawater desalination, self-adaptive membrane-based water treatment and desalination, real time membrane integrity monitoring, real-time membrane fouling/mineral scaling monitoring, and flexible cyclic RO desalination process.
- Co-PI, Pilot Scale Evaluation of Flexible Low Energy Reverse Osmosis, Sponsor: US Bureau of Reclamation.
- Co-PI, Self-Adaptive High Recovery Desalination of Agricultural Drainage Water with Concentrate Salt Harvesting, Sponsor: California Department of Resources
- Co-PI, Distributed Potable Water Treatment Infrastructure for Remote Communities, Sponsor: California State Water Resources Control Board
- Co-PI, Nanostructured High Performance Surface Responsive RO Membranes, Sponsor: US Army
Recent Completed Projects
- Co-PI, Overcoming Operating Pressure Barrier in High Recovery Membrane Desalination via Hybrid RO-NF Processes, Sponsor: US Bureau of Reclamation.
Related news articles:
- Scientists hope to use SIMS water treatment technology to tackle drought, Daily Bruin.
- Reimagining a smart water future for disenfranchised California communities, UCLA IoES.
- Who needs an ocean? San Joaquin Valley projects give new life to salty water, Fresno Bee.
- Desalination out of Desperation, MIT Technology Review.
- UCLA researchers unveil a better way to clean brackish water, LA Times.
- UCLA Engineering's mobile plant hits the road to treat polluted water, UCLA Newsroom.
- UCLA researchers combine techniques into new technology to create drinking water from the sea, Daily Bruin.
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