Graduate Student Zhengwang He Receives Excellent Poster Award at ICOM

Professor Benny Freeman standing next to Zhengwang He while she holds her Excellent Poster Award Certificate. Graduate student Zhengwang He was recently awarded the Excellent Poster Award by the 10th International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes (ICOM) in Suzhou, China.

The award recognized 30 excellent poster presentations out of approximately 500 presentations. He’s poster was entitled, “Profiling fouling propensity in constant permeate flux crossflow microfiltration based on membrane-model foulant interaction” and showcased her research in investigating the challenges associated with implementing membrane filtration processes in produced water decontamination, for instance to improve water recycling at hydraulic fracturing sites.

During the water filtration process, membrane fouling often increases the cost and difficulties of operation. He’s work is helping to identify an optimal operating regime to reduce membrane fouling and maximize clean water throughput with a lower energy input.

“We are delighted to see Zhengwang receive this important international recognition for her research and presentations skills,” said Professor Benny Freeman, the Richard B. Curran Centennial Chair in Engineering.

He is part of Benny Freeman’s research group that studies membrane filtration processes from various aspects, material/chemistry development in search of better membrane materials that are suitable for produced water decontamination, as well as operational optimization that makes membrane processes more competitive compared to conventional waste water treatments.



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