Andrea Achilli, Principal Investigator

Andrea Achilli is an Assistant Professor in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Arizona (UA) and affiliated faculty at the UA Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center. He received his PhD from the University of Nevada, Reno where he developed the osmotic membrane bioreactor and investigated pressure retarded osmosis. He has over 10 years of research experience in membrane processes for desalination and water reuse, including membrane distillation and energy recovery. His research focuses on process integration, modelling, and optimization for water and wastewater treatments. Dr. Achilli is the PI or Co-PI of funded research projects for membrane contactor processes and hybrid systems for desalination and water reuse, including EPRI, CA DWR, EREF, and SERDP.  


Bianca Souza Chaves, PhD Chemical Engineering

PhD Students

Zachary Binger, Chemical Engineering
Tenzin Phakdon, Environmental Engineering
Mukta Hardikar, Chemical Engineering
Varinia Felix, Environmental Engineering
Mohammed Alhussaini, Environmental Engineering
Luke Presson, Environmental Engineering. Co-advised with Prof. Hickenbottom

MS Students



Amber Davis, Chemical Engineering (2020)
Nicholas Curradi, Chemical Engineering (2020)
Siria Camacho, Environmental Engineering (2021)
Quinn Dunlap, Environmental Engineering (2022)



Braelyn Holt

MS 2020 Chemical Engineering  

Itzel Marquez
Postdoc Chemical Engineering Assistant Professor, Central Michigan University

JW Thompson
MS 2019 Environmental Engineering  

Paulo Lopez Molina
BS 2019 Chemical and Environmental Engineering  
Patrick Buckwalter MS 2017 Sunbolt Solar
Gavin Zirkel BS 2017 Field Technician Humboldt State University Marine Lab
Laura Wallace BS 2016 STV
Jacob Rowe BS 2016 Peterson Brustad Inc.
Lori Jones BS 2016 <-- Mystery girl :)
Jairo Luque Villanueva  BS 2015 Jacobs
Joanna Murphy BS 2015 PhD Student CU Boulder
Lianna Winkler-Prins BS 2014 CalTrans
Matthew Jackson MS 2014 PhD Student Montana State University
Ryan Gustafson BS 2013 PhD Candidate University of Southern California
Jeri Prante MS 2012 Caesars Entertainment Corporation