Active Membrane, whose co-founders include UCLA civil and environmental engineering professors David Jasby And Eric Hoke, Making it possible to purify water at low cost. It is within the company Magnify Incubator at CNSI – California Nanosystems Institute at UCLA – which supports early-stage technology startups by providing facilities, services and expertise.

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While freshwater is becoming increasingly scarce worldwide, resources such as seawater and industrial wastewater are expensive to obtain and treat. Active membranes are revolutionizing freshwater access with electrically powered nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membrane modules that can resist scaling and fouling.

Its technology significantly reduces the cost and impact of these processes. Because it can be applied to any membrane-based water treatment system at any scale, from domestic use to large commercial plants, the combined market opportunity is over $20 billion.

“Here at UCLA, we are developing and developing young minds for success after college that can directly translate to future skills and solving social problems,” Jasby said. can solve specific problems,” Jasbi said. “In the case of active membranes, it’s fresh water.”

The company recently won $30,000 in funding as part of the inaugural UCLA Innovation Showcase at Google’s Venice Beach headquarters. The showcase, presented by the Venture Accelerator at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, enabled startup founders in UCLA’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to pitch to venture capitalists and compete for funding opportunities. Last year, Active Membranes also won the 2023 Water Tech Idol Award at the Global Water Summit in Berlin.

read The complete story about functional membranes On the CNSI website.

Written by Nicole Wilkins

Source: UCLA