The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) of Stuart, FL and the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) of Denver, CO announced the 2016 AMTA-Reclamation Fellowships for Membrane Technology have been awarded to graduate students Masoud Aghajani of the University of Colorado, Boulder; Kasia Grzebyk of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Carlyn Higgins of the University of Central Florida and Christopher Morrow of University of Southern California at Los Angeles. Aghajani, a second-year doctoral student, is studying fabrication and characterization of patterned thin-film composite membranes with well-controlled surface patterns to reduce concentration polarization, fouling and scaling. Third-year doctoral student Grzebk is working on tailoring thin-film nanocomposite (TFN) membranes for water reuse. Higgins, a Master Student, is working on modeling of mass-transfer and endocrine-disrupting compound removal in a nanofiltration membrane process modified for acid pretreatment conditions. Third-year doctoral student Morrow is studying osmotic-membrane bioreactors coupled to membrane distillation for low-energy potable reuse. The fellowships provide $11,750 each to support graduate student research that pertains to Reclamation’s objectives, as well as AMTA’s mission to solve water supply and quality issues through the widespread application of membrane technology. The research funded is for work that innovates water treatment in membrane-related research and results in the advancement of membrane technologies in the water, wastewater or water reuse industries.


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