College of Engineering
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame (2004)
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities (2009)
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Yale University (2009-2011)
Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame (2011-present)
Sahadevan Rajesh, Yu Yan, Hsueh-Chia Chang, Haifeng Gao, William A. Phillip. Mixed Mosaic Membranes Prepared by Layer-by-Layer Assembly for Ionic Separations. ACS Nano, DOI: 10.1021/nn504736w.
Ryan A. Mulvenna, Jacob L. Weidman, Bexin Jing, John A. Pople, Yingxi Zhu, Bryan W. Boudouris, William A. Phillip. Tunable Nanoporous Membranes with Chemically-Tailored Pore Walls From Triblock Polymer Templates. Journal of Membrane Science, 470: 246-256, 2014.
Menachem Elimelech, William A. Phillip. The Future of Seawater Desalination: Energy, Technology, and the Environment. Science, 333:712-717, 2011.
William A. Phillip, Rachel Mika Dorin, Joerg Werner, Eric M.V. Hoek, Ulrich Wiesner, Menachem Elimelech. Tuning Structure and Properties of Graded Triblock Terpolymer-Based Mesoporous and Hybrid Films. Nano Letters, 11:2892-2900, 2011.
William A. Phillip, Marc Hillmyer, E.L. Cussler. Cylinder Orientation Mechanism in Block Copolymer Thin Films Upon Solvent Evaporation. Macromolecules, 43:7763-7770, 2010.
William A. Phillip, Jui Shan Yong, Menachem Elimelech. Reverse Draw Solute Permeation in Forward Osmosis: Modeling and Experiments. Environmental Science & Technology, 44:5170-5176, 2010.
Doctoral New Investigator Grant, ACS Petroleum Research Fund (2014)
Young Investigator Program, Army Research Office (2014)
Young Membrane Scientist Award, North American Membrane Society (2014)
Top Cited Paper for 2010 and 2011, Journal of Membrane Science (2013)
3M Nontenured Faculty Award, 3M Corporation (2013)
Summary of Activities/Interests
Chemical separations are essential to the production of freshwater and the generation of fuels. Traditionally energy-intensive thermal processes have been used to effect these separations. Membrane separations, an alternative to thermally-driven separations, are gaining increased attention because of their ability to avoid the thermodynamic limitations associated with heat use. Realizing the benefits of membranes relies on understanding and controlling the transport of chemical species across them. Recent advances in the characterization of materials at the nanoscale allow for correlations to be made between membrane nanostructure and chemistry and membrane macroscale transport properties. This link between nanoscale structure and macroscale properties allows for transport mechanisms to be more clearly elucidated, which in turn, enables the development of next-generation membranes that offer improved performance at lower energetic and environmental costs.
The Water purification and Advanced Transport Engineering Research (WATER) Laboratory examines how membrane structure and chemistry affect the transport of solutes and solvents across a variety of membranes. Our understanding of the connection between functionality and property is used to design and fabricate next-generation membranes that provide more precise control over the transport of chemical species. These material advantages are then leverage to design systems capable of enhancing chemical separations at the water-energy nexus. These principles are the motivation behind ongoing research projects, which include:
- Exploring the use of membranes to selectively remove contaminants from drinking water supplies.
- The fabrication of well-ordered, nanostructured membranes by exploiting the self-assembly of block copolymers.
- Understanding the transport of dissolved solutes in osmotically-driven membrane processes.
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