Latest News – Prof. Hoek

Prof. Hoek is co-Editor in Chief of The Encyclopedia of Membrane Science & Technology published by John Wiley & Sons (October 2013)

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Chemistry World Feature Research Story (September 2013)

There is usually a trade-off between selectivity and permeability when making an ultrafiltration membrane but new research from UCLA’s Eric Hoek and Ric Kaner suggests this doesn’t have to be the case.

Read more at http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2013/09/better-separation-more-permeable-membrane

 

UCLA Doctoral Students come to the aid of Fijian Villages (July 2013)

In early July, Prof. Eric M.V. Hoek lead a team of UCLA graduate students to 9 remote villages in Fiji to assess and design safe water and sanitation plans effecting 8,000 people and dozens of schools. Long term, the UCLA team will be working with Global Classrooms for Peace (founded by Lori Hall, www.globalclassroomsforpeace.org) to improve public health in rural Fiji by providing clean safe drinking water.  Currently the water sources are unsafe with many reports of typhoid, dysentary and other water borne diseases due to source water contamination. On this first pilot trip, the UCLA team engaged with village leaders, Rotary Pacific Water Foundation and Fijian government officials in designing systems to meet new guidelines set forth by the Fijian Ministry of Works and Ministry of Health in 2012. The baseline assessments have produced the necessary technical information needed as the starting point for developing the plans for future projects where new water and sanitation systems will be installed beginning in October of this year.  See links to press coverage and images below.

http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/11422/uni-students-assess-rural-water-conditions

 

UCLA Researchers Win International Award for Groundbreaking Water Treatment Membrane (April 2013)

A groundbreaking membrane material developed at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has received an international award for innovation at one of the water industry’s largest global conferences. The new technology holds great promise for cleaning up municipal and industrial wastewaters, in particular, the water that is co-produced during oil and gas extraction. The technology cleans the water to a high level of purity so that it can be safely discharged or reused for beneficial purposes. READ MORE HERE.

 

Prof. Hoek receives Visiting Professor appointment in the at University of Johannesburg, Department of Applied Chemistry

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News Archives

•November, 2012: NanoH2O selected as a “Top 50 Water Tech” company       (see Membrane Technology, Volume 2012, Issue 11, November 2012, Pages 6-7)•May, 2011: Marambio-Jones & Hoek Journal of Nanoparticle research article was one of the top 10 most cited papers in the area of nanoparticle/polymer-enhanced water filtration in the past year on BioMedLib.com.

•May, 2011: Prof. Hoek wins the 2011 Walter L. Huber Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers recognizing his “notable achievements in research related to civil engineering” for inventing nanocomposite RO membrane technology.

•April, 2011: MaryTheresa Pendergast wins the 2010 UCLA Civil & Environmental Engineering Outstanding Masters Thesis award.

•April, 2011: UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability features Prof. Hoek’s comments on his experience in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill response and its aftermath.

•December, 2010: UCLA Engineer magazine reports on Prof. Hoek’s involvement with the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

•September, 2010: UCLA Today reports on Prof. Hoek’s involvement with the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

•June, 2010: UCLA Chancellor Gene Block notes on his Facebook page that Prof. Hoek’s is one of several UCLA people who are contributing aid or expertise to the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

•May, 2010: Prof. Hoek is currently serving as a consultant to Ocean Therapy Solutions LLC, the company that has developed a centrifuge-based treatment system that is now being used by British Petroleum to help clean up the oil from the Gulf of Mexico.

•September, 2009: Prof. Hoek gives invited lecture to the School of Sustainabiltiy and the Built Environment at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona

•August, 2009: Prof. Hoek gives invited lecture in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Departments at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa

•May, 2009: Prof. Hoek gives invited lecture in the Chemical Engineering Department at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California

•Former NanoMeTeR Lab graduate student, Dr. Arun Subramani, now of MWH Global’s Advanced Technology Group gives seminar at UCLA on “Application of Membrane Technology for Produced Water Treatment”

• Prof. Hoek helps organize the 2009 UCLA Technology Forum

 

Press Coverage

•Nanocomposite membrane research mentioned in Chemical & Engineering News

• Nanocomposite membrane research mentioned in New York Times

• Nanocomposite membrane research mentioned in The Economist

• Nanocomposite membrane research mentioned in Forbes Online

 

Awards and Honors

•May, 2011: Prof. Hoek wins the 2011 Walter L. Huber Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers recognizing his “notable achievements in research related to civil engineering” for inventing nanocomposite RO membrane technology.

•September, 2009: NanoMeTeR Lab graduate student, MaryTheresa Monahan-Penergast was awarded the Sallie and Russell O’Neill Memorial Scholarship in Engineeering and Applied Science by the UCLA Faculty Women’s Club

•June, 2009: NanoMeTeR Lab graduate student, MaryTheresa Monahan-Penergast was awarded the Cote Robles Fellowship in Engineeering and Applied Science by the UCLA Graduate Divisio

•July, 2008: Prof. Hoek named a “2007 Trendsetter” for pioneering the development of nanocomposite RO membranes, Public Works Magazine, November 2007

•November, 2007: Prof. Hoek receives “Outstanding Paper Award”  for his Keynote Lecture at the Materials Research Society Annual Meeting – Symposium V: Materials Science of Water Purification

•August, 2007: Innovation of the Year (Distinction) for nanocomposite membanes, Global Water Awards 2007 (Global Water Awards 2007)

•June, 2005: NanoMeTeR Lab graduate student, Gregory R. Guillen, was awarded the Cote Robles Fellowship in Engineeering and Applied Science by the UCLA Graduate Division

•May, 2005: NanoMeTeR Lab graduate student, Anna Jawor, was awarded a North American Membrane Society Annual Meeting Outstanding Student Paper

•May, 2004: NanoMeTeR Lab graduate student, Sunny Wang, was awarded a North American Membrane Society Annual Meeting Outstanding Student Paper

•May, 2003: NanoMeTeR Lab graduate student, Gaurav Agarwal, was awarded a North American Membrane Society Annual Meeting Outstanding Student Paper Award

•Prof. Hoek receives CH2M Hill/AEESP Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2002