Unplugging the Faucet: Solving the Water-Energy Nexus of the Engineered Water Treatment Cycle

Date: October 4, 2013 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Olin 130

Unplugging the Faucet poster

Water and energy resources are closely connected, with energy being required to treat and move water, and water being required to produce energy. Solving the water-energy nexus is critical to sustaining and protecting the environment while continuing to increase living standards in both the developed and developing world. Timothy Strathmann, associate professor and Snoeyink Faculty Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will come to Whitman to discuss key elements of the water-energy nexus, its application to current efforts to "unplug" public water utilities-converting them from energy consumers to net energy producers-and research currently underway at the University of Illinois aimed at developing innovative technologies for energy and resource recovery from waste streams.

Timothy Strathmann is an Associate Professor and the Snoeyink Faculty Scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where he is also the founding Co-Director of the Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability (EWES) program. His research focuses on the development of sustainable catalytic processes for water treatment and bioenergy applications and the study of aqueous redox transformation mechanisms for contaminants of emerging concern (CEC). 

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty Visiting Educator Fund