Phillip’s Article on Desalination of Seawater Passes 1,000 Citation Milestone

Author: Nina Welding



Every day more than one-third of the world’s population faces the challenge of finding adequate supplies of safe drinking water. Growing populations, increased industrialization and contamination of freshwater resources, along with climate change put stress on existing sources. A paper written by William A. Phillip, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering the University of Notre Dame, and Menachem Elimelech, the Roberto Goizueta Professor of Environmental and Chemical Engineering and Director of the Environmental Engineering Program at Yale University, not only addresses possible solutions, the document does it well enough to have passed the 1,000 citation mark, a milestone in academic circles.

Titled “The Future of Seawater Desalination: Energy, Technology, and the Environment,” the paper was published in the August 5, 2011, issue of Science magazine. In short, it provides an overview of major advancements in desalination technologies, the drawbacks of conventional technologies for treating seawater [being too energy-intensive to be economical as well as potential environmental impacts], and the potential role of advanced materials and technologies for improving performance and sustainability while also addressing world water shortages.

Originally published by Nina Welding at on July 06, 2016.