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Water Scarcity in Northwest Mexico and Research Initiatives at ITSON

Dr Gustavo A. Fimbres Weihs
Date: Thursday 11 August 2016
Time: 11.00am - 12.00pm
Venue: Common Room 407, J01 Chemical Engineering Building
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About the Speaker

Dr. Gustavo Fimbres Weihs is a CONACYT Research Fellow at the Instituto Tecnológico de Sonora, where he leads the project “Fouling modelling and optimisation of membrane module design for brackish and sea water desalination in the Mexican Pacific coast”. He received his BEng in Chemical Engineering and Environmental System (2002) from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering (2008) from UNSW, Australia. His PhD work involved the CFD analysis of flow inside membrane modules such as those used in water treatment and desalination. He was a postdoctoral research associate working in a desalination linkage project between UNSW and the EU. From 2009 to 2015 he was a Research Fellow for the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC), leading the CO2 transport network research line and co-leading the development of the CO2CRC’s techno-economic model for the analysis of Carbon Capture and Storage projects.

Seminar details

In order to address the shortage of water around the world, reverse osmosis (RO) desalination technology is one of several possible solutions to the freshwater shortage problem and is considered by many as a promising future solution. Two of the major drawbacks of RO technology are concentration polarisation (CP), and membrane fouling. In particular, biofouling is the main factor limiting productivity and performance of seawater desalination for human consumption.

This seminar presentation intends to give a broad overview of research activities at ITSON aimed at mitigating water scarcity, as well as from other related fields. It also presents preliminary results from the CONACYT projects currently underway.