Reverse osmosis pretreatment strategies in water reuse applications

Funding Agency: City of Phoenix
April 2020 - September 2021

In this project we are investigating interactions between colloidal organic matter and membranes to devise pretreatment strategies to maximize water production and quality while minimizing energy and material consumption in a UF/RO treatment scheme.


Electrochemically enhanced high efficiency reverse osmosis (EE-HERO) for brackish water treatment

Funding Agency: Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation
Pending start date

The ART Lab is very proud to be collaborating with PI Prof. Jim Farrell and Co-PI Prof. Kerri Hickenbottom in a pilot-scale high efficiency reverse osmosis (HERO) project funded by the the Bureau of Reclamation. This project has a 9-month aggressive timeline to demonstrate the HERO process to increase water recovery in brackish water desalination.


RAPID integrated course: Emergine membrane processes for water purification

Funding Agency: Department of Energy RAPID Institute
October 2018 - June 2020

We are developing a 4-day face-to-face course enabling professional engineers and graduate students to compare and contrast the uses of conventional membrane processes with emerging membrane processes for process intensification in water separation problems. Co-PI of the project is Prof. Edoardo Saez and research is performed by Dr. Itzel Marquez. The work has been performed at WEST.


Near zero-liquid discharge water reuse with a closed-circuit ozone-membrane distillation process

Funding Agency: Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation
July 2019 - December 2020

The ART Lab received funding from the Bureau of Reclamation for the project "Near zero-liquid discharge water reuse with a closed-circuit ozone-membrane distillation process". Co-PIs of the project are Prof. Kerri Hickenbottom and Dr. Minkyu Park.


Modeling reverse osmosis and forward osmosis systems for combining wastewater treatment and seawater desalination applications

Funding Agency: Electric Power Research Institute
February 2018 - January 2021

The objective of the research is to perform theoretical, experimental, and system-scale analyses to compare the best method of integrating FO and PRO systems with existing RO desalination systems to synergistically utilize treated wastewater streams for a range of coastal water and wastewater situations.