Published: March 9, 2017

Menachem ElimelechOn Friday, March 10, Professor Menachem "Meny" Elimelech will give the 2017 AEESP (Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors) Distinguished Lecture at CU Boulder titled "The Global Challenge for Water Supply: Is Seawater Desalination a Sustainable Solution?"

Elimelech is the Roberto Goizueta Professor at Yale University's Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. His research is in the general area of the water-energy nexus, including membrane separations for desalination and wastewater reuse, environmental applications of nanomaterials and water and sanitation in developing countries.

His lecture will review the energy efficiency, the state of the technology and the environmental challenges of seawater desalination as a means to combat water scarcity on a global scale.

A discussion will be presented on the possible reductions in energy demand by state-of-the art seawater desalination technologies; the potential role of advanced materials and innovative technologies in improving energy use, reliability and environmental impact of seawater desalination; and the sustainability of desalination as a technological solution to global water shortages.

If you go
Who: Open to the public
What: "The Global Challenge for Water Supply: Is Seawater Desalination a Sustainable Solution?"
When: Friday, March 10, 11 a.m. to noon
Where: SEEC, MacAllister Building, lecture hall C120

Elimelech has received numerous awards in recognition of his research. Notable among these are his election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2006, the Eni Prize for protection of the environment in 2015 and the Clarke Prize for excellence in water research in 2005. He has also been recognized as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in both environment/ecology and chemistry.

The lecture will take place at 11 a.m. on the East Campus Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Complex (SEEC) located at 4001 Discovery Drive. A reception will follow at noon. 

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