Molecular engineering of water resources
Water is the most fundamental molecule for sustaining all life forms. Yet today it is in dramatically short supply in many developed and developing regions. Viable routes to creating pure fresh water are plagued by technical difficulties and huge energy needs. Molecular-scale filtering materials and other processes have the potential to meet future global water demand with none of the drawbacks of current methods. The Institute for Molecular Engineering has partnered with departments across the University, Argonne National Laboratory, and Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to explore, test, and create new materials and processes for making clean fresh drinking water more plentiful and less expensive by 2020.