A Hands-On Course on Intensified Membrane Processes for Sustainable Water Purification





The lack in process intensification (PI) training may be limiting processes to achieve sustainability goals. This project developed a hands-on course on intensified membrane processes to address knowledge gaps in PI. Bench-scale activities introduced concepts of membrane separation, operating engineering-scale modules provided a near-industrial experience, and simulation software allowed modeling and optimization of a process. Student evaluations showed that the combination of modeling, experimental, and peer-instruction work helped them understand the application of theoretical concepts.

Author Biographies

Itzel Márquez, Central Michigan University

Itzel Márquez, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering and Technology at Central Michigan University. Her research focuses on wastewater treatment technologies for potable reuse. She is doing work on modelling different configurations of membrane distillation. She is also studying the degradation mechanisms of emerging contaminants by reactive oxygen species. ORCID: 0000-0003-2082-1386

A. Eduardo Sáez, University of Arizona

A. Eduardo Sáez, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Arizona. He graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1984 and joined the University of Arizona in 1998. He completed his undergraduate work in his native Venezuela. He has done extensive traveling within his discipline, which has awarded him various teaching and mentoring awards. ORCID: 0000-0002-3548-6325

Kimberly Ogden, University of Arizona

Kimberly Ogden, PhD, is a Professor and Department Chair in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Arizona. Her research focus includes bioreactor design for production of alternative fuels from algae and sweet sorghum and microbiological water quality. She is also involved in teacher outreach programs. She led an NSF Research Experiences for Teachers Program for over ten years, and she was also the principal investigator for an NSF GK-12 engineering program. ORCID:   0000-0002-6202-6471

Andrea Achilli, University of Arizona

Andrea Achilli, PhD, PE, is an Assistant Professor in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Arizona and affiliated faculty at the UA Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center. His main fields of research are membrane processes for desalination and water reuse, including membrane distillation and energy recovery processes. Additional research focuses on process integration, modelling, and optimization for advanced water and wastewater treatments. ORCID: 0000-0002-4345-8420