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The Department of Desalination & Water Treatment (DWT)
When dryland population increases, expanding local water supplies is essential. Scientists and Technicians at the Department of Desalination and water Treatment are studying hight-tech desalination for providing water for drinking, agriculture and industry.
The Department of Desalination & Water Treatment investigates various aspects of desalination and treatment of different kinds of water for recycling, including:
Prof. Jack Gilron, Head
- Improvement and development of new membranes for reverse osmosis and
nanofiltration in seawater desalination and treatment of various types
of wastewater and urban effluents after tertiary treatment
- Development of novel ion-conducting membranes
- Pre-treatment of water by reverse osmosis
- Development of methods to eliminate organic substances from industrial
effluents and polluted groundwater
- Understanding the mechanisms in low-pressure desalination systems associated
with reverse osmosis and nanofiltration
- Improvement of materials used in reverse osmosis
- Development of management practice and methods to reduce concentrate
- Efficient techniques for reuse of urban effluents
- Improvement of electrodialysis processes for desalination of brackish
water and for use in industry
|The researchers, all members of BGU's academic staff, teach the following
variety of subjects in various departments at BGU: treatment and recovery
of sewage, water resources management, desalination of seawater and brackish
water by reverse osmosis and electrodialysis, nanofiltration techniques,
treatment of wastewater and effluents, membrane technology and maintenance.
All faculty members participate in teaching and supervision of graduate
students at the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies, the
teaching arm of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, and relevant
faculties at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Teaching activities of the department will include utilization of the
Pilot Plant on the Sede Boqer Campus for practical training.
Faculty members will join forces to teach the graduate program in Hydrology,
Water Engineering and Water Resources Management, now being developed at
Future development program
The department's future development program includes extension of the
Pilot Plant for Desalination and Water Treatment for teaching, research and
development applications, and the introduction of new research disciplines
while strengthening existing disciplines in the fields of membrane polymer-organic
chemistry for water treatment, physical chemistry of polymers, engineering
of desalination and water treatment processes.