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 Wen's Research Group​

Dec. 2022: Dr. Zhang group received NJIT’s 2022 Technology Innovation Translation and Acceleration (TITA) Program Funding ($75,000) for developing high-efficient inactivation of airborne viruses using a microwave-enabled air filtration system

Wen Zhang

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor

Phone: (973) 596-5520 
Fax: (973) 596-5790
Email: wen.zhang@njit.edu

Office Location: Colton Hall 211

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Jan. 2023: Decoupling Electron- and Phase-Transfer Processes to Enhance Electrochemical Nitrate-to-Ammonia Conversion by Blending Hydrophobic PTFE Nanoparticles within the Electrocatalyst Layer 

The research project aims at the three daunting challenges of MD desalination, i.e., membrane wetting, membrane fouling, and limited thermal efficiency, using omniphobic/interfacial heating multifunctional MD membranes. This sustainable and multifunctional design (as illustrated in the figure) will enable cost-effective and superior thermal efficiency desalination for portable/non-portable water sources through point-of-use (POU) applications. Moreover, this new generation of desalination will improve removal efficiency of water pollutants and brine salts with improved energy efficiency and sustainability of safe drinking water production. This project will support Dr. Zhang’s doctoral students, postdoc (Dr. Weihua Qing) and other team members to carry out this project for two years from 2022 to 2024.

Dr. Zhang’s research group recently received a grant from the US Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)’s Desalination and Water Purification Research Grant to support the proposed research on Omniphobic interfacial heating membranes with robust antifouling, antiwetting performance and superior thermal efficiency in membrane distillation.