Biography

Dr. Avner Ronen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Temple University. Prior to joining Temple University, Dr. Ronen was a BARD postdoctoral fellow in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Riverside under the mentorship of Dr. David Jassby and Dr. Sharon Walker where he worked on electrochemical wastewater treatment using electroconductive membranes. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology mentored by Dr. Carlos Dosoretz and Dr. Raphael Semiat. His Ph.D. research focused on developing a modified feed spacer with antibacterial qualities for biofouling prevention in RO membrane systems. This work resulted in 2 patent applications. Before starting his Ph.D., Dr. Ronen worked as a research and development engineer at an aerospace company. Previously he completed his M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering at the Technion, working on advanced polymer fabrication processes for ballistic protection. His current research focuses on the development of electrically conductive membranes based on nanomaterials for enhancing membrane separation abilities and enabling advanced oxidation/reduction processes coupled with membrane processes.

Research Interests

  • Water & Wastewater Treatment
  • Membranes Separation Process
  • Fouling & Biofouling Mitigation
  • Electrically Conductive Membranes
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nutrients Recovery from Wastewater

Courses Taught

Number

Name

Level

CEE 2712

Introduction to Environmental Engineering

Undergraduate

CEE 3711

Environmental Engineering

Undergraduate

CEE 5702

Chemical Principles of Environmental Systems

Graduate

CEE 5794

Advanced Biological Wastewater Treatment

Graduate

Selected Publications

  • Ronen, A. & Anvari, A. (2018). Inductive heating based membrane distillation: Role of CNT-Fe membranes. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 256. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

  • Ronen, A. & Kekre, K. (2018). Nitrogen and phosphorus recovery and separation from agricultural wastewater effluents: The role of electrically conductive membranes. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 256. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

  • Ronen, A., Duan, W., Walker, S., & Jassby, D. (2018). Polyaniline-coated carbon nanotube ultrafiltration membranes: enhanced anodic stability for In situ cleaning and electro-oxidation processes. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 256. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

  • Ronen, A. & Kekre, K. (2018). Resource recovery from agriculture wastewater through electrically conductive membranes. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 255. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

  • Thamaraiselvan, C., Ronen, A., Lerman, S., Balaish, M., Ein-Eli, Y., & Dosoretz, C.G. (2018). Low voltage electric potential as a driving force to hinder biofouling in self-supporting carbon nanotube membranes. Water Research, 129, pp. 143-153. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2017.11.004

  • Duan, W., Chen, G., Chen, C., Sanghvi, R., Iddya, A., Walker, S., Liu, H., Ronen, A., & Jassby, D. (2017). Electrochemical removal of hexavalent chromium using electrically conducting carbon nanotube/polymer composite ultrafiltration membranes. Journal of Membrane Science, 531, pp. 160-171. doi: 10.1016/j.memsci.2017.02.050

  • Ronen, A., Walker, S.L., & Jassby, D. (2016). Electroconductive and electroresponsive membranes for water treatment. Reviews in Chemical Engineering, 32(5), pp. 533-550. doi: 10.1515/revce-2015-0060

  • Duan, W., Ronen, A., Walker, S., & Jassby, D. (2016). Polyaniline-Coated Carbon Nanotube Ultrafiltration Membranes: Enhanced Anodic Stability for in Situ Cleaning and Electro-Oxidation Processes. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 8(34), pp. 22574-22584. doi: 10.1021/acsami.6b07196

  • Duan, W., Ronen, A., Chen, G., Liu, H., Walker, S., & Jassby, D. (2016). Hexavalent chromium removal via composite carbon nanotubes electrically conductive ultrafiltration membranes. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 252. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

  • Duan, W., Ronen, A., Leon, J.V.d.e., Dudchenko, A., Yao, S., Corbala-Delgado, J., Yan, A., Matsumoto, M., & Jassby, D. (2016). Treating anaerobic sequencing batch reactor effluent with electrically conducting ultrafiltration and nanofiltration membranes for fouling control. Journal of Membrane Science, 504, pp. 104-112. doi: 10.1016/j.memsci.2016.01.011

  • Duan, W., Ronen, A., Walker, S., & Jassby, D. (2016). Composite CNTs-polyaniline electrically conducting and anodically stable membranes. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 251. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

  • Ronen, A., Duan, W., Walker, S., & Jassby, D. (2016). Electrically conductive composite carbon nanotubes UF membranes for hexavalent chromium removal. ABSTRACTS of PAPERS of the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 251. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

  • Ronen, A., Resnick, A., Lerman, S., Eisen, M.S., & Dosoretz, C.G. (2016). Biofouling suppression of modified feed spacers: Localized and long-distance antibacterial activity. Desalination, 393, pp. 159-165. doi: 10.1016/j.desal.2015.07.004

  • Ronen, A., Duan, W., Wheeldon, I., Walker, S., & Jassby, D. (2015). Microbial Attachment Inhibition through Low-Voltage Electrochemical Reactions on Electrically Conducting Membranes. Environmental Science and Technology, 49(21), pp. 12741-12750. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01281

  • Ronen, A., Lerman, S., Ramon, G.Z., & Dosoretz, C.G. (2015). Experimental characterization and numerical simulation of the anti-biofuling activity of nanosilver-modified feed spacers in membrane filtration. Journal of Membrane Science, 475, pp. 320-329. doi: 10.1016/j.memsci.2014.10.042