Posted on January 13, 2016

Yale University professor Dr. Menachem Elimelech was the first speaker in Texas A&M University at Qatar’s 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecture Series. Texas A&M at Qatar interim vice dean and COO Dr. Ann Kenimer introduced Elimelech, who is director of the Environmental Engineering Program and the Roberto Goizueta Professor of Environmental and Chemical Engineering at Yale University.

In his talk, "Energy Efficiency of Desalination Processes,” Elimelech said that seawater and brackish water desalination is an important way to alleviate the global problem of freshwater scarcity. Desalination processes have been in use long enough to demonstrate their reliability, but there are continuing questions about the technology — including the energy requirements for process operation. Elimelech’s lecture explored the energy efficiency of desalination and presented possible solutions to reduce those energy demands.

Elimelech received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1989 in environmental engineering. Prior to joining Yale, Elimelech was a visiting associate at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), a guest professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the Exxon-Mobil Chair Professor at the National University of Singapore. His research interests include engineered osmosis for sustainable production of water and power; environmental applications and implications of nanomaterials; membrane separations for desalination and water reuse; and water and sanitation in developing countries.

He received the 2005 Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research and was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2006. Among his other awards are the W.M. Keck Foundation Engineering Teaching Excellence Award in 1994; the American Society of Civil Engineers Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize in 1996; the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Frontier Award in Research in 2006; election to the Connecticut Academy of Sciences in 2006; the 2008 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering; World Class University Professorship at Korea University in 2009; the Yale University Liza Cariaga-Lo Faculty Award for Diversity in Scholarship and Service in 2010; and the American Society of Civil Engineers Simon Freese Award and Lecture in 2011.

Elimelech is on the editorial advisory boards of Colloids and Surfaces A, Desalination, Desalination and Water Treatment, Environmental Engineering Science, Journal of Membrane Science, Langmuir and Separation Science and Technology.