Covalent Organic Framework (COF) Membranes for Liquid Separations


Fabrication of composite membranes from two-dimensional covalent organic framework materials with tunable separation properties. The COF membranes have potential applications for liquid separations, including drinking water treatment and organic solvent filtration.

Quantifying Potential Water Savings from Conservation in Houston through Modeling

Sponsored by the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District

Construction of a land use-based model of water demand for a mixed land use area in northwest Houston. The model will be used to quantify potential water savings from conservation best management practices, including incentives and efficiency measures.

Membrane Distillation for Produced Water Treatment


Design, fabrication, and characterization of membrane materials for membrane distillation treatment of high-salinity produced water from oil and gas operations. The research will engineer membranes to optimize mass transfer and resist wetting.

Structure-Property Relationships for Polymer Films by Molecular-Layer Deposition


Identification of structure-property relationships for polymer films fabricated from monomers with different characteristics using solution-based molecular layer deposition (MLD). The work advances solution-based MLD as a facile technique to achieve monomer-level control in thin polymer film fabrication.

Wettability Alteration and Immiscible Fluid Displacement in Porous Media

Sponsored by American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund

Investigation of the influence of fluid chemistry on wettability alteration in carbonate porous media and the resulting impacts on immiscible fluid displacement. The research has implications for the properties and transport of petroleum in rock reservoirs and for waterflooding for oil recovery.

Measuring Organic Matter in Texas Soils Using Infrared Spectroscopy

Sponsored by Texas EcoLab

Application of infrared spectroscopy as a facile measurement tool for organic matter in Texas soils, which is an important measure of soil productivity to support wildlife habitat, farming, and ranching. The research will correlate infrared spectra to conventional laboratory measurements of soil organic carbon.