Water Technologies

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Benny D.  FreemanIon and Water Transport in Polymer Membranes for Water Purification: Structure-Property Relations
Benny D. Freeman
Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Josh  DickinsonJosh Dickinson
Director of Collaboration and Innovation, ReNUWIt: The Urban Water ERC
Stanford University
Adrian  Brozell Adrian Brozell
Founder and CEO
Shahid  ChaudhryShahid Chaudhry
Water-Energy Efficiency Program Manager
California Energy Commission
Irene YarovskyEnvironmentally Stable Evaporation Suppressants for Water Conservation
Irene Yarovsky
Program Leader for Biophysics and Bioengineering, RMIT University, Australia, Australia
Erik  HansonErik Hanson
Systems Product Management Leader, Engineered Systems
GE Power & Water, Water & Process Technologies
Drew Clark
Director of Strategy
IBM Venture Capital Group

Symposium Sessions

Tuesday June 19

12:30 Networking Lunch - Expo
2:45 TechConnect IP Partnering: Environmental, Water, Waste
4:30 Expo Reception and Poster Session I (4:30 - 6:30)

Wednesday June 20

8:30 Water: Advanced & Nano Materials for Water Technologies
8:30 TechConnect Corporate Partnering: Materials & Energy
10:30 TechConnect Corporate Partnering: Energy & Automotive
11:00 Water Technololgy Corporate Interests
12:30 Networking Lunch - Expo
1:00 NNI - Director’s Networking Session, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office
1:30 Exhibit and Poster Session II
 Water Technologies
3:30 Polymer Nanotech: Water: Advanced Materials for Water Treatment
5:30 TechConnect Innovation Showcase Reception
6:00 CTSI Utility Technology Challenge Awards and Reception

Thursday June 21

8:30 Coatings: Water: Membranes for Filtration & Separation
12:30 National Innovation Showcase - Networking Lunch (available for purchase)
1:00 TechConnect Start-Up Partnering: Environment, Water & Waste
4:00 TechConnect National Innovation Showcase, Reception & Poster Session III

Symposium Program

Tuesday June 19

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12:30Networking Lunch - ExpoExpo Hall AB
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2:45TechConnect IP Partnering: Environmental, Water, WasteRoom 201
Session chair: Jennifer Gottwald, WARF, Reviewer: Adrian Brozell, Znano, US
2:45Ceramic Membranes for Purification of Oil-in-Water Emulsion
Y.P. Yong, National University of Singapore, SG
2:55A Moving Belt System with Switchable Hydrophilic/Hydrophobic Surface for Continuous Removal of Microalgae from Water
M. Sethu, National University of Singapore, Industry Liaison Office, SG
3:05Bio-Shell (Biodegradable Vacuum-formed Modularized Shelter)
S. Okuda, National University of Singapore, Industry Liaison Office, SG
3:15Tusaar Sequestering Technology, Heavy Metal Removal from Process and Waste Water.
G. Khanna, Tusaar Corp., US
3:25Metal Catalyst and Process for Conversion of Glycerol to Lactic acid
M. Koenig, Univ. of Kansas, US
3:35Silica-based Bioremediation of Fracking Wastewater
L. Besemann, University of Minnesota, US
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4:30Expo Reception and Poster Session I (4:30 - 6:30)Expo Hall AB

Wednesday June 20

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8:30Water: Advanced & Nano Materials for Water TechnologiesRoom 209
Session chair: Armin Völkel, PARC, a Xerox company, US
8:30Metal Nanoparticles on Hierarchical Carbon Structures: New Architecture for Robust Water Purifiers
S.M. Mukhopadhyay, A.K. Karumuri, H. Vijwani, Wright State University, US
8:50CNT-polyamide nanocomposite membranes for gas and water separations
E. Marand, A. Surapathi, W.F. Chan, H. Chen, D. Chen, X. Shao, J.K. Johnson, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, US
9:10High Flux Membranes for Organic Solvent Nanofiltration (OSN) - Interfacial Polymerization and Solvent Activation
M.F. Jimenez Solomon, Y. Bhole, A.G. Livingston, Imperial College London, UK
9:30Nanostructured surfactant membranes for wash water purification and reuse
A. Brozell, zNano, US
9:50Application of nanotechnology for the recycling of wastewater on human space flight missions
M. Flynn, NASA Ames Research Center, US
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8:30TechConnect Corporate Partnering: Materials & EnergyRoom 210
Session chair: Goran Matijasevic, UC Irvine, US
8:30Bayer MaterialScience Innovation Partnering
K. Haider, Bayer MaterialScience, US
8:50Toray Industries-America Innovation Partnering
T. Yamashiki, Toray, US
9:10Dow Innovation Partnering
P. Ansems-Bancroft, Dow, US
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10:30TechConnect Corporate Partnering: Energy & AutomotiveRoom 210
Session chair: Brian Shedd, UCLA, US
10:30Schlumberger Innovation Partnering
J. Wong, Schlumberger, US
10:50Honda Innovation Partnering
C. Fau, Honda, US
11:10Hyundai Innovation Partnering
J. Suh, Hyundai Ventures, US
11:30bp Ventures
I. Dairanieh, bp Ventures, US
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11:00Water Technololgy Corporate InterestsRoom 209
Session chair: Yaniv Scherson, NGen Star Corporation, US
11:00Dow Water-Technology Strategic Corporate Interests
B. Powers, Dow Water & Process Solutions, US
11:15GE’s Technology Strategic Corporate Interests
E. Hanson, GE Power & Water, US
11:30IBM Water-Technology Strategic Corporate Interests
D. Clark, IBM Smarter Water Management, US
11:45State of California Technology Needs in the Water-Energy Nexus
S. Chaudhry, CA Energy Commission, US
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12:30Networking Lunch - ExpoExhibit Hall AB
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1:00NNI - Director’s Networking Session, National Nanotechnology Coordination OfficeExhibit Hall A
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1:30Exhibit and Poster Session IIExhibit Hall AB
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Water Technologies
-Floating Photothermal Materials to Improve the Solar Evaporation Performance
Y.Z. Ng, J.F. Yao, B.A. Horri, K. Wang, Y.Z. Wu, D. Li, H.T. Wang, Monash University, AU
-Structural and Thermo-Mechanical Characterization of Calcium and Barium Alginate Films
T.K. Vidal-Urquiza, O. Perales-Pérez, University of Puerto Rico, PR
-Functionalized Carbon Nanotube Blended Forward Osmosis Membranes for Fouling Control in Desalination
H-G Choi, M. Son, S. Yoon, H. Choi, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, KR
-Preparation and characterization of polyaniline nanofiber and nanocomposites and their applications in removal of Cr(VI) and phosphate
T.S. Najim, Mustansiriya University, IQ
-Dairy CAFO Wastewater, Water Harvesting and Ammonia Fuel Cells
C. Collins, S. Hughes, G. Jackson, Spiralcat of Maryland, US
-Testing a Geochemical Tool to Enhance Our Ability to Ensure Water Security
A.T. Slade, B.P. Whitehead, The University of Auckland, NZ
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3:30Polymer Nanotech: Water: Advanced Materials for Water TreatmentRoom 209
Session chair: YuanQiao Rao, Dow Chemical Company and Armin Völkel, PARC, a Xerox company, US
3:30Ion and Water Transport in Polymer Membranes for Water Purification: Structure-Property Relations
G. Geise, The University of Texas at Austin, US (bio)
3:50Enhanced RO Performance of Polyamide Bi-layer Membranes Prepared by Sequential Interfacial Polymerization
Y.-H. Na, J. Diep, B. Davis, A. Vora, G. Dubois, R. Al-Rasheed, M. Nassar, G. Geise, B. Freeman, IBM Almaden Research Center, US
4:10Sulfated chitosan (SCS)/polysulfone (PS) composite nanofiltration membrane surface cross-linked by Epichlorohydrin
J. Miao, Z.H. Xie, G.H. Chen, Edith Cowan University, AU
4:30Advanced RO Membrane Technology Based on Scientific Research for Seawater and Brackish water Desalination
M. Kimura, T. Sasaki, M. Henmi, Toray Industries,Inc., JP
4:50Rational Design of Organic Monolayers for Water Evaporation Mitigation
M. Plazzer, G. Yiapanis, A. Christofferson, I. Yarovsky, RMIT University, AU (bio)
5:10Computer modeling of water and salt transport in RO membrane active layers
J.W. Pitera, Y-H Na, A. Vora, G. Dubois, IBM Research, US
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5:30TechConnect Innovation Showcase ReceptionExpo Hall CD
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6:00CTSI Utility Technology Challenge Awards and ReceptionExpo Theater 1
Session chair: Patti Glaza, Arsenal Venture Partners, US

Thursday June 21

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8:30Coatings: Water: Membranes for Filtration & SeparationGrand Ballroom D
Session chair: Kock-Yee Law, Xerox, US
8:30Novel Methodology for the Highly Efficient Separation of Oil and Water
J.M. Mabry, A. Tuteja, A.K. Kota, G. Kwon, W. Choi, Air Force Research Laboratory, US (bio)
9:00Electric field driven on demand separation of oil-water mixtures
A. Tuteja, G. Kwon, A.K. Kota, J.M. Mabry, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, US
9:30Block copolymer self-assembly - a next generation membrane manufacturing method
K.V. Peinemann, S.P. Nunes, M. Karunakaran, N. Pradeep, KAUST, SA
9:50Flexible Organic-Inorganic Core-Shell Nanofibers by Electrospinning and Atomic Layer Deposition
F. Kayaci, C. Ozgit-Akgun, I. Donmez, N. Biyikli, T. Uyar, Bilkent University, TR
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12:30National Innovation Showcase - Networking Lunch (available for purchase)Expo Hall CD
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1:00TechConnect Start-Up Partnering: Environment, Water & WasteExpo Theater 2
Session chair: Cheemin Bo-Linn, Peritus Partners, US
1:00MAR Systems’ Sorbster Heavy Metals Removal Technology
A. Lammers, MAR Systems Inc., US
1:10Snap Sampler for Groundwater Monitoring
S. Britt, ProHydro, Inc., US
1:20MicroGREEN Polymers, Inc.
T. Malone, MicroGREEN Polymers, Inc., US
1:30Innobin Korea
C.H. Kim, Innobin Korea, KR
1:40CO2 Capture Technology
G. Chichilnisky, Global Thermostat, US
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4:00TechConnect National Innovation Showcase, Reception & Poster Session IIIExpo Hall CD

Special Symposium

The size of the global water market has been estimated to be greater than $500 billion making water one of the three largest non-financial industries in terms of value of assets deployed. Providing clean water to the world’s ever increasing population becomes ever more challenging as clean water sources become depleted and threatened by human wastes and industrial pollution. While earth is a water rich planet, what is in short supply is clean water that people can afford to buy. This special symposium focuses on advanced and emerging technologies for improvements in purification, generation, processing, filtration, manufacturing processes, waste use and local/global access and distribution. Industry leaders and experts will share their insights on economics and investment strategies, novel and proven solutions, along with what’s new and what’s next in materials design and advanced technologies for water. Join us as we identify the innovations that are changing the future of water for our planet. Please submit your abstract today!

Topics & Application Areas

  • Novel Water Technologies & Materials
  • Industrial Water Treatment Applications
  • Novel Desalination Technologies
  • Membrane Filtration Technologies & Materials
  • Sensing & Monitoring Devices
  • Waste Water Treatment & Reuse
  • Remediation Technologies
  • Conservation Technologies
  • Water & Energy Symbiosis
  • Water Security
  • Best Practices & Case Studies
  • Other

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