Publications and Presentations

Publications and Presentations

Developments in the potential of anion-selective redox electrodes for electrochemically mediated separation

Alan Hatton and his team discuss exciting developments in their research on anion-selective redox electrodes, exploring the potential for redox species to assist in catalysis, energy storage, and molecular recognition. This paper claims that their organometallic redox electrodes are a promising platform for targeting aqueous and organic systems requiring high separation factors and fast throughput, such as in the recovery of value-added products from organic synthesis and isolation of dilute yet highly toxic organic contaminants.

This research is part of their larger J-WAFS funded project, seeking to develop and implement a new strategy for wastewater treatment using electrochemically-modulated separation processes (EMS). These processes would be cost-efficient and easily scalable, relying on very little electrical power or high pressure operations. To learn more about their J-WAFS funded project, click here.

IdeasLab 2015 panel

Davos IdeasLab 2015 panel led by J-WAFS Director John Lienhard

J-WAFS Director John Lienhard, along with MIT faculty colleagues, traveled to Davos, Switzerland in January for the 2015 World Economic Forum (WEF). The four-day meeting, which traditionally hosts a variety of world leaders in business, policy and academia, has featured a panel of MIT representatives for the past several years. This year, the theme was titled “Tackling Food and Water Challenges with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.” John Lienhard’s presentation along with those of the other faculty members can be found here.
Photo: MIT faculty members Alan Berger, Karen Gleason, Colette Heald, and John Lienhard at Davos IdeasLab 2015

IdeasLab 2015 panel

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Workshop Report

On November 13-14, 2014, J-WAFS convened a workshop of the international, non-partisan Eastern Nile Working Group to discuss the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) and its implications for regional cooperation and economic development in the Nile basin. On the basis of these discussions, the group prepared an Amicus Brief to the three riparian governments, which was shared with them in early February 2015. The brief, titled The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam: An Opportunity for Collaboration and Shared Benefits in the Eastern Nile Basin, highlights opportunities and also several issues of technical concern which are of relevance to policy makers in the region.

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Ethiopian dam map