Graduate Student Jovan Kamcev Wins Advanced Membrane Technology Poster Competition in Italy

Jovan Kamcev in a checkered white and brown button up shirt, standing with 1st place certificateJovan Kamcev, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and teaching assistant, recently won first place in an advanced membrane technology poster competition hosted in Siracusa, Sicily, Italy by the Engineering Conferences International (ECI) program.

Approximately forty students from twenty countries participated in the competition. Kamcev’s winning poster, entitled “Predicting Ion Sorption and Transport in Ion-Exchange Membranes” describes part of his research on the understanding of ion and water transport across charged polymers, and the development of structure/property rules that guide the preparation of high performance membranes for water purification and energy generation applications.

“One of the greatest challenges facing our society is obtaining adequate and sustainable supplies of energy and water. Membrane technologies provide energy-efficient ways to help mitigate some of these issues,” said Kamcev.

Kamcev is supervised by Professor Benny Freeman, the Richard B. Curran Centennial Chair in Engineering, and Professor Donald Paul, the Ernest Cockrell Sr. Chair in Engineering.

Jovan is a member of the Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center including UT Austin and led by Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio.

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