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Lecture on "Forward Osmosis and Pressure Retarded Osmosis: Where We Are"
Date and Time: 2019-10-29 20:22:43

Speaker:Ho Kyong Shon, Professor,University of Technology Sydney,Australia

Date:Oct 31, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm

Location:K5-408 Lecture Hall, Environment Research Institute

Sponsor:Environment Research Institute


Forward osmosis (FO) and pressure retarded osmosis (PRO) are osmotically driven membrane processes and emerging as viable methods for producing fresh water from saline water and capturing clean energy, respectively. This presentation will probe various opportunities to extend potential commercialization of FO and PRO into new niches and applications, identifying key technology constraints. The FO process is a promising and emerging low energy desalination technology. Advancements in FO technologies and changes in target niche markets are rapidly changing the FO landscape.Finally, PRO as a salinity gradient energy extension of FO, emphasizing membrane properties, membrane fouling, draw/feed solution considerations, pilot demonstration will be discussed. This presentation will provide latest information on overall pros and cons of FO and PRO demonstrations and share main results of our recent FO and PRO activities.


Professor Ho Kyong Shon at the University of Technology Sydney is an Australia Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, the President of the Membrane Society of Australasia (MSA), the Editor for the Journal of Desalination, and the Deputy Director of Center for Technology in Water and Wastewater. He specializes in understanding physico-chemical water treatment processes in water, wastewater and seawater. His research career focuses on studying advanced membrane fabrication and the application of membrane based desalination in detailing membrane fouling mechanisms and developing novel desalination technology. He has co-authored over 400 high-impact refereed journal publications (51 h-index and > 9900 total citations) including five patents and numerous international awards over the last 20 years. He is currently supervising several postdoctoral research fellows, ten PhD students and two Masters students related to membrane and nanotechnology for water purification and resource recovery.

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