Associate Professor and Executive Director, Fraunhofer USA Center for Energy Innovation
Al Geib Professor of Environmental Engineering Research and Education
Ph.D., Yale University (2007)
Google Scholar Profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=DOVCzp8AAAAJ&hl=en
- Membrane separations
- 3D printed membranes
- Thin film composite membrane design and fabrication
- Organic solvent nanofiltration
- Forward osmosis/osmotic dewatering
- Electrospun nanofibers for separations
- Polymeric membrane characterization
President: North American Membrane Society
Executive Director: Faunhofer Center for Energy Innovation
Board of Directors: North American Membrane Society
Editorial Board: Journal of Membrane Science
Editorial Board: Desalination
Member: North American Membrane Society, American Chemical Society, AAAS
Our Active Research Projects Include:
3D Printed TFC Membranes: Using an additive approach, we have developed a method of creating polyamide membranes of tunable thickness and roughness.
Carbon Nanotube Nanocomposite Membranes for Water and Fuel: In a collaboration with Mattershift (www.mattershift.com), we are evaluating the use of CNT based nanocomposite membranes for water purification and ethanol extraction.
Hybrid FO Systems. We are developing a greater understanding of forward osmosis hybrid systems. In particular we are examining FO-RO and FO-MD systems to understand how the two processes interplay during operation at a module-scale.
Osmotic Dewatering. We are exploring using osmotic dewatering for concentrating solutions that require substantial dewatering before use and/or disposal. These include produced water, food products, and agricultural wastewaters.
Hollow Nanofiber TFC Membranes and Modules for Forward Osmosis: We are developing TFC membranes based on commercial UF membranes that enables rapid module prototyping that currently is challenging for academic laboratories.
Chemical Engineering Pedagogy Development using Membranes: Membranes offer a unique opportunity for teaching fundamental engineering principles to undergraduate chemical engineers. Dr. McCutcheon and his students have developed a senior unit operations laboratory module based on reverse osmosis and forward osmosis. During this lab, students must calculate fundamental membrane constants (permeability and selectivity) while learning how process parameters and membrane design and chemistry impact performance.
|2008-2014||Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut|
|2007-2008||Chief Engineer, Stonybrook Purification|
|2007-2008||Research Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University|
|2002-2007||Graduate Research Assistant, Yale University,|
|2005-2006||Graduate Teaching Assistant, Yale University|
|2000-2002||Teaching Assistant, University of Dayton|
|2000-2001||Engineering Intern, YSI, Inc., Yellow Springs, OH|
|1999-2000||Engineering Intern, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Materials Directorate|
Awards & Honors
|2018||Al Geib Professorship|
|2016||Al Geib Professorship|
|2014||FRI/John G. Kunesh Award|
|2013||Named a DuPont Young Professor|
|2011||Solvay Advanced Polymers Young Faculty Award|
|2011||Environmental Protection Agency Early Career Award|
|2011||3M Untenured Faculty Award|
ICIM Student Poster Award, Lingling Xia, 2018
AIChE Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award, Maqsud Chowdhury, 2017
ICOM Graduate Student Poster Award, Maqsud Chowdhury, 2017
3-Minute Thesis – UConn, 2nd place, Jian Ren, 2016
ECI Poster Award, Lingling Xia, 2016
AIChE Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award, Jian Ren, 2016
North American Membrane Society Graduate Student Fellowship, Jian Ren, 2016
General Electric Fellowship, Maqsud Chowdhury, 2016
FEI Graduate Student Fellowship, Jian Ren, 2015
NAMS Student Poster Award, 2nd place, Membrane Processes, Maqsud Chowdhury, 2015
NAMS Student Poster Award, 3rd place, Membrane Materials, Malgorzata Chwatko, 2015
AIChE Undergraduate Student Poster Award, 1st Place, Separations Division, Gabriella Frey, 2014
AIChE Undergraduate Student Poster Award, 2nd Place, Separations Division, Gianna Credaroli, 2014
ICOM Student Poster Award, Jian Ren, 2014
NAMS Travel Award, ICOM 2014, Liwei Huang, 2014
NAMS Graduate Student Poster Award, 1st place, Jason Arena, 2014
General Electric Fellowship, Jian Ren, 2014
Elias Klein Travel Award, Maqsud Chowdhury, 2014
AMTA Graduate Student Poster Award, Jason Arena, 2014
NAMS Graduate Student Poster Award, 2nd place, Ngoc Bui, 2013
Elias Klein Travel Award, Liwei Huang, 2013
Marshall Scholarship, Ethan Butler, 2013
Udall Scholarship, Ethan Butler, 2013
University Scholar, Andrew Silva, 2013
University Scholar, Ethan Butler, 2012
NAMS Travel Award, Ngoc Bui, 2012
NWRI-AMTA Fellowship, Jason Arena, 2012
GK-12 Fellowship, Jason Arena, 2011
Xia, L., Ren, J., Weyd, M., McCutcheon, J.R., “Ceramic-supported thin film composite membrane for organic solvent nanofiltration”, Journal of Membrane Science, in press.
Xia, L., Arena, J.T., Reimund, K.K., Holland, A., Wilson, A.D., McCutcheon, J.R., “A trimethylamine–carbon dioxide draw solution for osmotic engines”, AIChE Journal, in press.
McGinnis, R.L., Reimund, K.K., Ren, J., Xia, L., Chowdhury, M.R., Sun, X, Abril, M., Moon, J.D., Merrick, M.M., Park, J., Stevens, K.A., McCutcheon, J.R., Freeman, B.D., “Large scale polymeric carbon nanotube membranes with sub-1.27 nm pores”, Science Advances 4, 2018, e1700938.
Ambrosi, A., Al-Furaiji, M., McCutcheon, J.R., Cardozo, N.S.M., Tessaro, I.C., “Transport of Components in the Separation of Ethanol from Aqueous Dilute Solutions by Forward Osmosis”, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 57, 2018, 2967-2975.
Chowdhury, M.R., McCutcheon, J.R., “Elucidating the impact of temperature gradients across membranes during forward osmosis: Coupling heat and mass transfer models for better prediction of real osmotic systems”, Journal of Membrane Science 553, 2018, 189-199.
Xia, L., Andersen, M.F., Nielsen, C.H., McCutcheon, J.R., “Novel Commercial Aquaporin Flat-sheet Membrane for Forward Osmosis”, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 56, 2017, 11919-11925.
Chwatko, M., Arena, J.T., McCutcheon, J.R. “Noreprenephrine modified thin film composite membranes for forward osmosis”, Desalination 423, 2017, 157-164.
Manickam, SS., McCutcheon, J.R., “Understanding Mass Transfer through Asymmetric Membranes during Forward Osmosis: A Historical Perspective and Critical Review on Measuring Structural Parameter”, Desalination, 421, 2017, 110-126.
Ren, J., Chowdhury, M.R., Qi, J., Xia, L., Huey, B.D., McCutcheon, J.R., Relating osmotic performance of thin film composite hollow fiber membranes to support layer surface pore size”, Journal of Membrane Science, 540, 2017, 344-353.
Philips, L.A., Ruffner, D.B., Cheong, F.C., Blusewicz, J.M., Kasimbeg, P., Waisi, B., McCutcheon, J.R., Grier, D., Water Research 122, 2017, 431-439
Gong, Hui, Anastasio, D.D., Wang, K., McCutcheon, J.R., “Finding Better Draw Solutes for Osmotic Heat Engines: Understanding Transport of Ions during Pressure Retarded Osmosis”, Desalination 421, 2017, 127-134.
McCutcheon, J.R., “Forward Osmosis: A technology platform here to stay”, guest editorial, Desalination 421, 2017, 1-2.
Chowdhury, M., Ren, J., Reimund, K., McCutcheon, J.R., A hybrid dead-end cross-flow forward osmosis system for evaluating osmotic flux performance at high recovery of produced water”, Desalination 421, 2017, 127-134.