We are in the process of building a lab and setting up new experiments to develop energy efficient desalination technologies and thermal energy storage concepts. Here’s a summary of some of the prior work.

photo thermal converters

An emerging desalination technology is based on forward osmosis (FO), which uses a draw solution to drive water flux across a membrane. However, separation of the draw from the permeate water requires significant amounts of energy, and this has limited the applicability of FO thus far. To address this, we are developing a thermally-responsive draw solutes and photo-thermal converters to efficiently harness the solar spectrum. This in turn enables the use of solar heat for the water-draw separation process via direct radiative heating to yield fresh water.

Related publications: Environmental Science & Technology (2021)

thermal energy conversion

polymer and hybrid

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