Advanced Water Technology Center



Scarcity of potable water will continue to be one of the main problems humanity faces in the 21st century. Based on the current trend, membrane processes will continue to be a leading technology for water and wastewater treatment practices, particularly due to its high product quality, reduced waste production, and smaller space requirements.

My main field of research is membrane processes for water purification, wastewater reclamation, and desalination. My current focus is on the understanding and implementation of membrane contactor processes (forward osmosis and membrane distillation) and pressure-driven membrane processes (reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, ultrafiltration, and microfiltration) in various reuse and zero-liquid-discharge applications.

Through the links provided above, you can see my current research activities, publications, and more links to various resources. You may contact me for more information about my research and to learn more about our new water research center (AQWATEC).




Students Win Scholarships
Nathan Hancock, ESE MS student, has been awarded a 2007 Rocky Mountain Sction AWWA (RMSAWWA) James B. Warner Scholarship. Nathan is working on an advanced brackish water desalination project funded by California Department of Water Resources (DWR).



Dr. Tony Fane, The University of New South Wales, Australia, 2008 AEESP Distinguished Lecturer, Hybrid Membrane Systems, February 18 (Wednesday!), 2009, Ballroom C

Dr. David Sedlak, University of California-Berkeley, Agricultural sources of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) and the fate of EDCs in surface waters, March 26, 2009

Dr. Tzahi Cath
Associate Professor
of Environmental Science
and Engineering


Division of Environmental
Science and Engineering


Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401-1887

Phone: (303) 273-3402
Fax: (303) 273-3413