We focus on developing and studying novel process schemes, in search for sustainable cost-effective technological solutions for environmental and industrial water related challenges. Membrane technology, which is viewed by many as the most important technological advancement achieved in the field of water treatment in recent decades, is at the center of this effort. Various membrane technologies, e.g. pressure driven (RO, NF, UF) and electrically driven (ED, EDBM) as well as other physico-chemical processes (crystallization, gas-transfer, ion-exchange etc.) are used for this purpose. Variety of applications from seawater and brackish water desalination to domestic and industrial wastewater reclamation and resource recovery are addressed.
Advanced Process Simulation:
The coupling of mass-transfer and geochemical models is termed reactive-transport modeling. This approach is applied in our lab to develop computer simulations for various physico-chemical water treatment processes. Using our advanced simulation tools, we aim to both improve the accuracy and validity range of predictive models; and to study the mechanisms in which water treatment processes affect, and affected by, water chemistry. This is highly relevant to processes where mass transfer, phase transitions and/or kinetically limited (slow) chemical reactions occurs simultaneously with multiple (fast) chemical equilibrium reactions.