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Better Drinking Water Via Hybrid Membrane-Sorption ProcessesEPA Grant Number: U915769
Title: Better Drinking Water Via Hybrid Membrane-Sorption Processes
Investigators: Schideman, Lance C.
Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
EPA Project Officer: Jones, Brandon
Project Period: July 1, 2000 through July 1, 2003
Project Amount: $90,749
RFA: STAR Graduate Fellowships (2000) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Academic Fellowships , Engineering and Environmental Chemistry , Fellowship - Civil Engineering
The objectives of this research project are to illuminate the fundamental mechanisms at work in hybrid membrane-sorption processes and identify potential enhancements to make these systems work more efficiently.
The approach of the study includes the following steps: (1) identify operational parameters that optimize process performance of membrane-sorbent systems using computer simulations based on currently available mathematical process models and membrane systems; (2) prepare a bench-scale reactor and test mathematical model predictions; (3) identify mathematical model refinements to more accurately describe the process mechanisms; (4) screen and test novel adsorbents for improved process performance; (5) screen and test alternate reactor configurations for improved process performance; and (6) recommend reactor configurations and operational parameters for field-scale testing.
This research project is intended to provide a better understanding of the fundamental process mechanisms and to provide insight into optimizing hybrid membrane-sorption processes, which will be a very important technology for meeting increasingly stringent and multidimensional drinking water quality goals.