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The Office of Sustainability to prepare NJIT's 2023 Sustainability Report that selected to highlight the following story under SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation: https://news.njit.edu/njit-water-treatment-specialist-wins-edison-patent-award

Wen Zhang, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE

Principal Investigator

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

Office Location: Colton Hall 211

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This project highlights an award-winning microwave-activated membrane filtration system, developed by Wen Zhang's team at NJIT, which caters to water treatment and air purification. It effectively eliminates a range of pollutants, including PFAS and viruses. This technology has been licensed for commercial deployment in settings like schools, hospitals, train stations, and airports. Now, this prototype system is undergoing site demonstration on campus for further commercialization. 

Revolutionizing Water & Air Filtration with Microwaves

 Wen's Research Group​

This research has garnered funding support from NSF and EPA to evaluate the fundamental science in microwave catalysis and interfacial engineering on filtration membranes. Moreover, New Jersey Health Foundation and New Jersey Economic Development Authority both funded this project to support pilot scale fabrication and demonstration. 

Moreover, this project received the 2022 Edison Patent Award from Research & Development Council of New Jersey and the 2023 Grand Prize for University Research in the AAEES Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Competition.