R&D Study Group: Nanotechnology Research for Cleaner Water

Speaker Dr. Michael S. Wong, Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Dr. Michael S. Wong is Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. He is also Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering. He was educated and trained at Caltech, MIT, and ...

Dr. Michael S. Wong is Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. He is also Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering. He was educated and trained at Caltech, MIT, and UCSB before arriving at Rice in 2001. His research program broadly addresses chemical engineering problems using the tools of materials chemistry, with a particular interest in energy and environmental applications ("catalysis for clean water") and an emphasis on understanding synthesis-structure-property relationships in heterogeneous catalysis. Current research activities and interests are (i) structure-property analysis of palladium-on-gold catalysts; (ii) metal-on-metal nanoparticle synthesis; (iii) treatment of dioxane, nitrate, fluorocarbons, and chlorocarbons from water; (iv) sugar upgrading chemistry, and (v) nanoparticle assembly.


He has received numerous honors over the years, including the MIT TR35 Young Innovator Award, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Nanoscale Science and Engineering Young Investigator Award, Smithsonian Magazine Young Innovator Award, Guest Professorship at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), and in 2015, the North American Catalysis  Society/Southwest Catalysis Society Excellence in Applied Catalysis Award. He is Research Thrust Leader on 'Multifunctional Nanomaterials" and part of the Leadership Team in the NSF-funded NEWT (Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment) Engineering Research Center, based at Rice.

Full Description

The availability of, and accessibility to, clean drinking water is a key challenge to societal stability and prosperity. The availability of, and accessibility to, clean industrial water is also a key challenge, towards its sustainable use in oil and natural gas production. The multidisciplinary field of nanotechnology has matured enough for researchers and practitioners to envision real prospects for successful solutions to the contaminated water problem. In my presentation, I will describe different nano-based methodologies and approaches to lower contamination concentrations to acceptable levels. In addition to published literature, I will draw examples from my research (e.g., catalytic converters for water pollution control) and from the newly established National Science Foundation-sponsored Engineering Research Center on Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT).

Organizer Skip Davis

For additional information please contact Skip Davis at skdavis@technologyintermediaries.com


 

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Fri, Dec. 2, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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