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AEESP Distinguished Lecture: Global challenge of water supply: Is desalination a sustainable solutio

Friday, March 10, 2017, 11:00AM - 12:00PM


Menachem (Meny) Elimelech

Dept of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Yale University


SEEC Auditorium (room C120)

4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder


Reception to follow from 12:00-1:00 p.m.


Water scarcity is one of the greatest global crises that we currently face. This presentation will review the energy efficiency, the state of the technology, and the environmental challenges of seawater desalination.  A discussion will be presented on the possible reductions in energy demand by state-of-the art seawater desalination technologies; the potential role of advanced materials and innovative technologies in improving energy use, reliability, and environmental impact of seawater desalination; and the sustainability of desalination as a technological solution to global water shortages.


Menachem (Meny) Elimelech is the Roberto Goizueta Professor at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. His research is in the general area of the water-energy nexus, including (i) membrane separations for desalination and wastewater reuse, (ii) environmental applications of nanomaterials, and (iii) water and sanitation in developing countries. Professor Elimelech has received numerous awards in recognition of his research. Notable among these are his election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006, the Eni Prize for ‘Protection of the Environment’ in 2015, and the Clarke Prize for excellence in water research in 2005.  He has also been recognized as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in two categories: Environment/Ecology and Chemistry.


Free and open to the public.