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Speaker: Meagan Mauter
Assistant Professor
Carnegie Mellon University

CEVE Seminar Series 2017 -Specialty Seminar - Processes and Materials for Aqueous Separations with Low Temperature Heat

Thursday, April 27, 2017
2:00 PM  to 3:00 PM

201  Ryon Engineering Building
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

Despite significant gains in the energy efficiency of seawater desalination processes, low salinity and high salinity aqueous separations remain far from their thermodynamic limit. This seminar will highlight the growing need for high salinity brine treatment from oil and gas, industrial, and inland water treatment sectors. Next, I will review the feasibility of low temperature thermal processes to meet these separation needs and identify critical gaps that hinder the development of membrane distillation for treating high salinity feed streams. Finally, I will review recent work on nanoscale materials for improved performance of membrane distillation membranes.

Biography of Meagan Mauter:
Professor Meagan Mauter holds bachelor degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering and History from Rice University, a Masters of Environmental Engineering from Rice University, and a PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Yale University. She completed post-doctoral training in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was an Energy Technology Innovation Policy Fellow. At Carnegie Mellon University, Professor Mauter runs the Water and Energy Efficiency for the Environment (WE3 Lab) and is jointly appointed in Civil & Environmental Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy. She also holds courtesy appointments in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering. Her present research seeks novel approaches to sustainably meet water supply in an energy constrained world by re-thinking the policies surrounding water treatment, re-defining the inputs to the treatment process, and re-envisioning the membranes in membrane-based water treatment processes. Most recently, her work was recognized via an NSF CAREER Award, the James J. Morgan ES&T Early Career Lectureship, and the North America Young Membrane Scientist Award.

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