Xiaobo “Max” Dong, who recently defended his Ph.D. in chemical engineering, is the recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Doctoral Student Award.
Dong’s research as part of his dissertation was on the development of green methods of fabricating polymeric membranes, their antifouling properties and applications in wastewater treatment. He also investigated novel methods of incorporating silver nanoparticles into membranes to reduce biofouling and allow them to be used for extended periods. Dong’s dissertation has led to three print journal publications, two book chapters and one manuscript under review, all with him as the first author. He was advised by chemical engineering professor Isabel Escobar.
In 2019, Dong awarded the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) Ian C. Watson Fellowship for Membrane Advancement, which is given to a graduate student pursuing a full-time Masters or Ph.D. at a university or college conducting research in innovations for water treatment in membrane related research.