J-WAFS Solutions awards two $150,000 commercialization grants

October 27, 2015

"The two projects funded in 2015 involve both water and food research.  One addresses a cost and technological issue with which water treatment plants struggle: More than half the footprint of a water treatment plant is dedicated to pre-treating the feed water before it reaches the fragile separation membranes that remove salt or other unwanted substances to produce fresh water. Despite pre-treatment, membrane fouling and fragility remains a significant cost and operational challenge to plant operators.

"Professor Jeffrey Grossman’s group in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering has developed novel materials to overcome this problem and is working to scale the technology in order to improve the overall performance of water treatment plants."

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