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Pellegrino, John

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  • Dr. Pellegrino's research revolves around fundamental membrane development, characterization, and applications. We study how the properties of both the membrane, the streams, and the choice of operating conditions control the separations and productivity results. Illustrative past examples include: development of membrane-based devices as part of renewable energy-based heating and cooling systems; the use of membranes for product recovery and recycling water in algae and lignocellulosic biomass processes; and devising models for optimizing particle fractionation using membranes. Recent work includes the study and scale-up of membranes containing regular surface patterns produced with nanoscale dimensions; fundamental engineering research work on the crystallization processes inherent in water recovery and reuse associated with impaired water supplies; and creating Li-metal solid electrolytes, water electrolyzer separators, and alkaline fuel cells.


  • separations science, membrane science and technology, nanomaterial synthesis, water reuse, fuel cells, electrolysis, battery materials, CO2 capture


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