Research Scientist (Water Desalination) Candidate Seminar
Abstract: Throughout history water has been essential to successful societal development. As population demands for freshwater increase, existing natural freshwater resources face significant strains. Currently, over 2.5 billion people live in localities that are subject to severe water scarcity at least 1 month of the year. The use of centralized systems where large treatment centers transfer water great distances and serve large populations is the typical blueprint for water treatment/distribution. From distribution limitations to extensive infrastructure upkeep, the current paradigm of water treatment makes it makes it difficult to deal with new pollutants societies will face in the 21st century. Given the dwindling fresh water reserves, the ability to reuse and utilize all available water resources in specific regions will be paramount. Accordingly, this seminar will focus on new electrochemical based strategies for desalination as well as new electrochemical methods for remediation of emerging pollutants, potentially resulting in lower energy consumption, cost, and brine volume generation. Further, the main challenges, implications and requirements needed for these technologies will be discussed.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Biography: Dr. Andrew Z. Haddad is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the group of Robert Kostecki at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research interests include the water-energy nexus, selective ion removal from water, and electrocatalytic reductive transformations of organic products with the goal of closing the water loop. In his current position at Berkeley Lab Andrew is focused on reducing the cost of treating high TDS wastewater from oil and gas production by using an engineered solar based forward osmosis technology. Previously, Andrew was a Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellow at LBNL where synthesized high porosity materials for energy efficient and highly effective fluoride removal from wastewater. He obtained his PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Louisville in 2017.