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Yale doctoral student Robert McGinnis and his advisor Menachem Elimelech, Chair of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, have designed systems that harness the power of osmosis to harvest freshwater from non-potable sources, including seawater and generate ...
Yale doctoral student Robert McGinnis and his advisor Menachem Elimelech, Chair of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, have designed systems that harness the power of osmosis to harvest freshwater from non-potable sources, including seawater and generate electricity from low-temperature heat sources, such as waste heat from conventional power plants.
And so I conclude with the story of Rob McGinnis, a member of the Yale College Class of 2002, who as an undergraduate conducted research in environmental engineering on desalination , how to remove the salt from liquids like seawater, a technology that would, for example, make seawater drinkable.You see, Rob discovered that there were two traditional approaches to this problem.
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Rob McGinnis Founder
...Rob McGinnisFounder While a student at Yale University, Rob McGinnis invented the novel ammonia carbon dioxide forward osmosis desalination.
In the course of groundbreaking research on Forward Osmosis, Rob
received funding and support from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, the Yale College
Dean's Fellowship for Undergraduate Research, and grants through Yale University and Osmotic Technologies
from a joint consortium of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, TARDEC, and the Office of Naval Research
is the author of several patents on forward osmosis desalination, water treatment, and ancillary processes and equipment, as well as a contributing author on several articles on forward osmosis water treatment technologies, published or currently under review in the Journal of Desalination
, the Journal of Membrane Science
, and the journal of Environmental Engineering Science and Technology.These contributions add to a growing body of intellectual property and expertise at Osmotic Technologies
. Prior to founding Osmotic Technologies, he was member the US Navy's special operations group, Explosive Ordnance Disposal.
In this service, he
first formed his
bond with the ocean as a diver, sailor, and marine mammal handler.As an EOD technician, he
was trained in the disarming of explosive ordnance, both on land and under water, and carried out this mission during the first Gulf War, in the minefields off the Kuwaiti coast.