WPE ADVISORS, Dr. Subir Bhattacharjee, Dr. Eric Hoek, and Dr. Richard B. Kaner, have been engaged in membrane and hydrocarbon separation research, synthetic inorganic chemistry research, and engineering and consulting activities for almost 20 years. WPE’s founders and highly trained technical staff are experts in membrane and phase separation fundamentals, technologies, and applications. They have produced numerous patents and inventions and hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific publications on these topics.
DR. ERIC M.V. HOEK
DR. ERIC M.V. HOEK is a Professor of Environmental Engineering at UCLA and expert in formation and application of membranes for desalination, water reuse and oil-water separations. Dr. Hoek has successfully completed more than a dozen research projects investigating laboratory, pilot, and full-scale applications of membrane filtration and desalination technologies. A number of his laboratory based inventions have been or are being translated into commercial innovations by NanoH2O, PolyCera Technologies, and Water Planet Engineering. Past research projects have been funded by state and federal government agencies such as US NSF, US EPA, USBR, CA DWR, and CA CEC, private water agencies such as MWDSC, OCWD, LBWD, and NGO’s such as NWRI and CNSI. These research projects have resulted in 65+ peer-reviewed journal articles, 200+ presentations at scientific meetings, and 10+ patents awarded or pending. Dr. Hoek has served on technical advisory boards for municipal desalination projects for agencies such as MWDOC, City of San Diego, USBR, WateReuse Foundation, and the US National Research Council. Since the late 1990’s, Dr. Hoek has been engaged in private consulting work for a range of public and private clients such as US NSF, US EPA, US State Dept., Ocean Therapy Solutions, NanoH2O Inc., Moldex Metric, Inc. and foreign governments (Canada, Korea, Russia, Japan, Singapore).
DR. SUBIR BHATTACHARJEE
DR. SUBIR BHATTACHARJEE is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Chair in Water Quality Management for Oil Sands at University of Alberta, Canada. Dr. Bhattacharjee has completed numerous projects funded by the Canadian Federal Government agencies, such as, NSERC Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, National Research Council, and Alberta Government agencies, such as Alberta Ingenuity, Alberta Innovates, NanoAlberta, Alberta Research Council, etc. He has undertaken R&D and consulting jobs with several industries related to industrial water treatment with several companies, including Suncor Energy, ConocoPhillips Canada, Statoil ASA and Statoil Canada, Syncrude Canada, Agilent, Trojan Technologies, Quadrise Canada, Kemira Water Solutions, Wave Control Systems Ltd., etc. His research projects have resulted in over 75 peer reviewed journal articles, one book, four IPs, and over 200 conference presentations. He is the director of the Oil Sands and Coal Interfacial Engineering Facility, an $8 million facility for advanced characterization of industrial water, providing high levels of technical and analytical service to the energy sector industries of Alberta. He has consulted the Alberta Government on water management issues related to industrial and agricultural water use policies.
DR. Richard B. Kaner
Richard B. Kaner received a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 working with Prof. Alan MacDiarmid (Nobel Laureate 2000). After carrying out postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley, he joined the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1987 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1991, became a Full Professor in 1993 and a Distinguished Professor in 2012. He has published over 275 papers in top peer reviewed journals and holds 14 U.S. patents with 20 more pending. Professor Kaner has received awards from the Dreyfus, Fulbright, Guggenheim and Sloan Foundations as well as the Exxon Fellowship in Solid State Chemistry, the Buck-Whitney Research Award, the Tolman Medal and the Award in the Chemistry of Materials from the American Chemical Society for his work on refractory materials including new synthetic routes to ceramics, intercalation compounds, superhard metals, graphene and conducting polymers. He has been elected as a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Materials Research Society (MRS). Along with appointments in the Departments of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering, Professor Kaner served as the Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute from 2007-09. Professor Kaner’s teaching has been recognized with the Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Harriet and Charles Luckman Distinguished Teaching Award and the Gold Shield Faculty Prize for Academic Excellence. Professor Kaner has spent the past eight years working with Professor Eric Hoek on membranes for important separations. He brings expertise in polymer synthesis and characterization to Water Planet Engineering.