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Penn State microbial fuel cell scientist named KAUST Investigator
Penn State scientist Bruce Logan will receive a Global Research Partnership Investigator award from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology to investigate microbial fuel cell technologies that convert waste into electricity or hydrogen and in the process, clean water. KAUST, a new research institution currently under development in Saudi Arabia, is providing assistance to accomplished scientists and engineers dedicated to a research topics with particular importance to Saudi Arabia and the region. (2008-03-13)

TU Delft tests windmill for seawater desalination
A traditional windmill which drives a pump: that is the simple concept behind the combination of windmill/reverse osmosis developed by the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. In this case, it involves a high-pressure pump which pushes water through a membrane using approximately 60 bar. This reverse osmosis membrane produces fresh water from seawater directly. The windmill is suited for use by, for instance, small villages in isolated, dry coastal areas. (2008-02-29)

Bacteria and nanofilters -- the future of clean water technology
Bacteria often get bad press, with those found in water often linked to illness and disease. But researchers at The University of Nottingham are using these tiny organisms alongside the very latest membrane filtration techniques to improve and refine water cleaning technology. (2008-02-22)

UTSA and University in Mexico to collaborate in science research
The University of Texas at San Antonio and Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico signed an agreement in cooperation in science that will foster collaborations with students and faculty at both institutions. (2007-12-06)

Researchers develop better membranes for water treatment, drug delivery
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new generation of biomimetic membranes for water treatment and drug delivery. The highly permeable and selective membranes are based on the incorporation of the functional water channel protein Aquaporin Z into a novel A-B-A triblock copolymer. (2007-11-29)

Nuclear desalination
New solutions to the ancient problem of maintaining a fresh water supply is discussed in a special issue of the Inderscience publication International Journal of Nuclear Desalination. With predictions that more than 3.5 billion people will live in areas facing severe water shortages by the year 2025, the challenge is to find an environmentally benign way to remove salt from seawater. (2007-11-20)

Fantastic plastic could cut CO2 emissions and purify water
A new membrane that mimics pores found in plants has applications in water, energy and climate change mitigation. (2007-10-11)

Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning -- VII
The goal of this conference is to promote breakthrough thinking and explore new theoretical and practical approaches to ameliorating the fouling of heat exchangers. It provides a forum for industrial and academic participants to exchange information, and for experts from around the world to present their latest research and technological developments in fouling and cleaning strategies. It will involve keynote presentations, technical papers, poster sessions, panel discussions and stands for companies. (2007-01-25)

Water Treatment and Reuse -- II
Water treatment and reuse are very important issues for both developed and developing countries. As supply of clean water becomes limited for industrial, agricultural and municipal uses, the improvement of conventional technologies and application of new technologies will be critical. This conference will provide an effective forum to discuss research and development in the advancement and use of technologies for purifying industrial and municipal waste water for reuse, and the latest development of integrated technologies for water treatment. (2006-12-26)

Researchers study role of natural organic matter in environment
The decomposition of plant, animal and microbial material in soil and water produces a variety of complex organic molecules, collectively called natural organic matter. These compounds play many important roles in the environment. (2006-12-11)

Research Council feted NJIT chemical engineering professor
The Research and Development Council of New Jersey presented one of its highest awards last night to Kamalesh K. Sirkar, Ph.D., distinguished chemical engineering professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology. (2006-11-08)

UCLA engineers develop revolutionary nanotech water desalination membrane
Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science today announced they have developed a new reverse osmosis membrane that promises to reduce the cost of seawater desalination and wastewater reclamation. (2006-11-06)

Desalination roadmap seeks technological solutions to increase the nation's water supply
Sandia National Laboratories researchers Pat Brady and Tom Hinkebein are putting the final touches on the updated Desalination and Water Purification Roadmap -- (2006-06-06)

Advanced Membrane Technology III: Membrane engineering for process intensification
The conference covers progress in membrane engineering and its strong relation with process intensification strategy. Topics such as integrated membrane operations; new operations such as membrane contactors and catalytic membrane reactors will be featured and industrial contributions will be emphasized. In addition, water desalination, exergetic analysis of membrane operations and integrated processes will be also covered. Existing limits of membrane engineering and future possible developments in new non-traditional areas will be discussed. (2006-04-19)

UCF researchers to develop water purification system for hurricane relief
The National Science Foundation has asked University of Central Florida to quickly develop a water purification system using nanoparticles to aid disaster victims. (2005-10-19)

Sandia, task force to study ways ocean and wastewater can be desalinized in California
Researchers from the National Nuclear Security Administration's Sandia National Laboratories, together with fellow members of the Joint Water Reuse & Desalination Task Force, in coming months will be studying the best ways to desalinize - and make potable - ocean water, subsurface brines, and wastewater. (2005-09-06)

Clarke Prize for water science and technology to Yale's Elimelech
The 2005 Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for outstanding achievement in water science and technology will be presented to Professor Menachem Elimelech of Yale University on July 7 in a ceremony in Dana Point, Calif. by the National Water Research Institute (NWRI). Elimelech directs the Yale Environmental Engineering Program, emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach to solving environmental problems. (2005-05-27)

New desalination technology taps waste heat from power plants
University of Florida researchers have developed a technology that can tap waste heat from electrical power plants as its main source of energy, an advance that could significantly reduce the cost of desalination in some parts of the world. (2004-12-16)

$6 million appropriation to focus Sandia research on drinking water desalination, removal of arsenic
Research in the areas of desalination and removal of arsenic in water will step up at the National Nuclear Security Administration's Sandia National Laboratories over the next few years, the result of a $6 million allocation in the FY2004 federal Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill. (2004-06-28)

Water on the Gaza Strip: Time bomb or ray of hope?
Beneath the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip is a groundwater crisis that's rapidly depriving Palestinians of drinkable water. Israeli, Palestinian, and French geoscientists have worked out a way to save Gaza drinking water while offering Israelis and Palestinians a rare opportunity to work together and solve a problem for their mutual benefit. (2003-11-03)

Airbag to keep windsurfer safe on 8000 km voyage
Extreme sports adventurer Raphaƫla Le Gouvello is about to windsurf 8000 km across the Pacific Ocean - from Peru to Tahiti in 80 days. Her board incorporates a new 'anti-capsize' airbag system, the first result of an ESA technology transfer initiative to improve safety for small boats at sea. (2003-08-06)

Hot mist strips salt from the sea
An American company has developed portable units that can turn seawater into fresh water at around a third of the cost of conventional desalination. It promises affordable clean water for many poor countries facing the problem of salinity in their water. (2003-07-09)

Brookhaven Lab and NREL win Technology Transfer Award
Toshifumi Sugama of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Keith Gawlik of DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have jointly won a 2003 Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. This year, the team will be among 22 recipients of the annual award, which recognizes employees who have accomplished outstanding work in the process of transferring a technology developed by a federal laboratory to a commercial marketplace. (2003-05-06)

Membrane separation technology produces myriad applications in numerous industries
Moving beyond early applications such as the clarification of wine, membrane separation's strong presence and successful application in the chemical and other industries seem to suggest that this revolutionary technology is here to stay. (2003-04-18)

Illinois lands research center for advanced water purification
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create a science and technology center to develop advanced materials and technologies for water purification. (2002-09-20)

Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators win R&D 100 Award
The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with industrial partners Bob Curran & Sons and Ticona Corporation, have won a 2002 R&D 100 Award for developing a smart, high-performance coating. This polyphenylenesulfide (PPS) coating system is particularly suited for use in carbon-steel heat exchanger tubes in geothermal power plants. (2002-08-15)

Explorers in nanospace
While astrophysicists are figuring out the challenges of travel through outer space, CSIRO materials researchers are tackling a problem at the opposite end of the size scale - moving molecules through nanospace. (2002-04-24)

Multi billion dollar titanium prospects
Australia has a golden opportunity to take a world lead in light metals, with the establishment of a multi-billion dollar industry in industrial-grade titanium. (2001-10-01)

'Fishboys' - the new cowboys of a world dependent on water...and ceramics.
'Fishboys' herding schools of fish, in seas converted into giant fish ranches, could become more fact than fiction in the next century, according to Professor Robert Newnham speaking at the European Ceramics Society conference today. Naturally 'grown' submarine sea walls and 'fish-herding' sonar devices built from transceivers that interpret 'fish talk' represent a small part of the technological requirements that ceramist engineers and scientists will have to fill. (1999-06-22)

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