Cohen ImageProf. Yoram Cohen

Autonomous Membrane-Based Water Treatment and Desalination

Track:  Membranes
Presentation:  Thursday, October 6, 10:15 am - 10:45 am

Dr. Cohen is a Distinguished Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a Faculty member of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (1981-present). He is Faculty Affiliate of the California NanoSystems Institute, and Associate Faculty with the UCLA Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. Dr. Cohen is also Adjunct Professor at Ben-Gurion University (Department of Desalination & Water Treatment, Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research). He was a Visiting Professor at the Technion (1987-1988), at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain 1994), and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Victoria University (Australia 2006). Dr. Cohen is Director of the Water Technology Research (WaTeR), and co-founder of the Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEIN) that received the 2012 California Governor’s Award in Green Chemistry. He received the Clarence (Larry) G. Gerhold Award (2019) and Lawrence K. Cecil Award (2003) from the AIChE Separations Division and Environmental Division, respectively, and was elected AIChE Fellow in 2009 and as Fellow of the North American Membrane Society (2022). In 2008 he received the Ann C. Rosenfield Community Partnership Prize for his environmental research, a County of Los Angeles Commendation, a State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition, and a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (US) for his contribution to legislation to protect public health and dedicated service to the community. Dr. Cohen is a recognized expert and technology innovator in water treatment/purification and desalination, membrane separations, environmental impact assessment (exposure, toxicity, and risk analyses), toxicity modeling, and machine learning and nanoinformatics. He has authored/co-authored over 270 scholarly publications, five edited books, given over 470 conference presentations and 190 invited talks, and is on the Editorial Boards of several prominent Scientific Journals. His research has contributed to the development and deployment of advanced flexible, self-adaptive, and energy optimal water desalination systems, new membranes, technologies for monitoring membrane fouling and mineral scaling, membrane integrity monitoring, in addition to developing models and software for environmental multimedia impact assessment, nanoinformatics and machine learning-based models of water treatment processes, chemical physicochemical properties, and toxicity of chemicals and engineered nanomaterials. He is also engaged in environmental protection efforts to promote water reuse, develop clean drinking water supplies for disadvantaged communities, and reduce risks from exposure to chemical contaminants.