The Coronell Research Group studies membrane-based processes for water purification and energy production and storage, with applications in municipal, industrial, and household systems. Research in the Coronell Lab currently focuses on: (i) membranes for water purification, (ii) salinity gradient energy, and (iii) point-of-use water treatment. A brief description of our research focus areas with specific examples of topics of interest in each area is provided in the Research section.
Our principal investigator, Dr. Orlando Coronell, teaches courses related to water treatment including Physical/Chemical Processes for Water Purification (ENVR 756), Science and Technology of Membranes for Water Purification (ENVR 890-002), and Chemical Equilibria of Natural Waters (ENVR 419, co-taught with Dr. Scott Hauswirth). A full list of the courses taught by Dr. Coronell along with their descriptions and syllabi can be found in the Teaching section.
At the Coronell Research Group, we strive to bring our research and the broader topics of water and energy to pre-college settings. We do this through educational activities at middle and high schools and through the preparation of educational materials that can be used by pre-college teachers and students. An overview of these educational activities and electronic versions of the educational materials we prepare can be found in the Outreach section. For a complete list of publications, presentations and news from our group, please visit the appropriate tab in the menu bar at the top of this page.
Fall 2016 Group: (L to R): Ryan Kingsbury, Jingbo Wang, Shan Zhu, Ariel Atkinson, Sophie Flotron, Mikayla Armstrong, Orlando Coronell. Not pictured: Tony Perry, Kasia Grzebyk, Alex Gorzalski, Will Blanks, John Eskew.
Our funding sources
Our work would not be possible without the support of our present and past funding sources • National Science Foundation (NSF)-Chemical and Biological Separations Program • NSF-Grant Opportunities for Academic Liason with Industry (GOALI) Program • NSF-Environmental Engineering Program • University of North Carolina System Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI) Program • Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) • Energy Power Research Institute (EPRI) • Ixom Watercare (formerly Orica Watercare) • UNC-IBM Junior Faculty Development Award • Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Program • University of North Carolina Research Council (URC) Small Grants Program • Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UNC