The 2018 AEESP Distinguished Lecturer conference will bring together individuals in the field of environmental engineering to share their research findings through poster sessions and presentations. The conference will culminate with the keynote speaker and AEESP Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Pedro J. Alvarez.
Friday, February 2, 2018 - Purdue University
Registration - 9:00 am, Conference 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Shively Club, Ross-Ade Pavilion, 850 Beering Drive, West Lafayette, IN
Sponsored by: Purdue University, Environmental and Ecological Engineering
Co-hosted by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bradley University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Notre Dame, and Purdue Northwest.
Please feel free to attend the keynote talk given by Dr. Pedro Alvarez at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, February 2 in Fowler Hall, Stewart Center
One wastewater technical education credit will be available for the keynote talk.
Professional engineering continuing education credits are available for attending the conference.
Pedro J. Alvarez, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE
George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, NSF ERC on Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT)
2:30 pm - Fowler Hall, Stewart Center
Pedro J. Alvarez is the George R. Brown Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, where he also serves as Director of the NSF ERC on Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT). His research interests include environmental implications and applications of nanotechnology, bioremediation, fate and transport of toxic chemicals, water footprint of biofuels, water treatment and reuse, and antibiotic resistance control. Pedro received the B. Eng. Degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is the 2012 Clarke Prize laureate and also won the 2014 AAEES Grand Prize for Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science. Past honors include President of AEESP, the AEESP Frontiers in Research Award, the WEF McKee Medal for Groundwater Protection, the SERDP cleanup project of the year award, and various best paper awards with his students. Pedro currently serves on the advisory board of NSF Engineering Directorate and as Associate Editor of Environmental Science and Technology.
Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment: A Vision to Enable Decentralized Water Treatment and Address Growing Challenges of the Water Energy Nexus
"Through control over material size, morphology and chemical structure, nanotechnology offers novel materials that are nearly “all surface” and that can be more reactive per atom than bulk materials. Such engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) can offer superior catalytic, adsorptive, optical, quantum, electrical and/or antimicrobial properties that enable multi-functional technology platforms for next-generation water treatment. This presentation will address emerging opportunities for nanotechnology to improve the selectivity and efficiency to remove priority pollutants, decrease electrical energy requirements, and meet a growing need for safer and more affordable decentralized water treatment and reuse. Because water is by far the largest waste stream of the energy industry, we will also discuss technological innovation to enable produced water reuse in remote (off-grid) oil and gas fields, to minimize freshwater withdrawal and disposal challenges. Examples of applicable nano-enabled technologies include fouling-resistant membranes with embedded ENMs that allow for self-cleaning and repair; capacitive deionization with highly conductive and selective electrodes to remove multivalent ions that precipitate or cause scaling; rapid magnetic separation using superparamagnetic nanoparticles; solar-thermal processes enabled by nanophotonics to desalinate with membrane distillation; disinfection and advanced oxidation using nanocatalysts; and nanostructured surfaces that discourage microbial adhesion and protect infrastructure against biofouling and corrosion. We envision using these enabling technologies to develop compact modular water treatment systems that are easy to deploy and can treat challenging waters to protect human lives and support sustainable economic development."