Katherine R. Zodrow

Environmental Engineering

Faculty

Katherine R. Zodrow

Katherine Zodrow

Assistant Professor, Department Head
Environmental Engineering Department
Science and Engineering Room 317
(406) 496-4120
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Education:

B.S.C.E. (2008) Rice University Civil & Environmental Engineering
M.S. (2009)  Rice University Environmental Engineering
M.S. (2012)  Yale University  Chemical & Environmental Engineering
M.Phil. (2012)  Yale University  Chemical & Environmental Engineering
Ph.D. (2014)  Yale University  Chemical & Environmental Engineering

 

Academic Experience:

Montana Tech Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering (2016-Present)
Center for Energy Studies Non-Resident Scholar (2016-Present)
Rice University  Postdoctoral Research Associate (2014-2016)

 

Current Membership in Professional Organizations:

Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)

Sigma Xi

 

Honors and Awards:

2015 AEESP Presentation Award

2012 ACS Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry

2009 NSF Graduate Research Fellow

 

Service Activities:

Faculty Senate

Graduate Research Council

Reviewer: Environmental Science and Technology, RSC Advances, Journal of Polymer Science, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Journal of Environmental Management, Arabian Journal of Chemistry

Letters to a Pre-Scientist (2014-Present)

Judge, Intermountain Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (IJSHS) (2017-Present)

Judge, Montana Tech Regional Science and Engineering Fair (2017)

Judge, F-1 in Schools (2017)


Publications and Presentations from the Past Five Years:

Funded Projects

Reducing acid rock drainage volume using Passive Solar Evaporation Islands. 2018. Montana Water Center, $15,000.

Living microfiltration membranes: From biomimetic to biological. 2017. Montana Tech Seed Grant, $7,000.

Nanoplastics: Potential for setting and accumulation in estuarine environments. 2017. Montana Tech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, $5,500.

Low cost treatment of acid mine drainage using membrane distillation. 2016. Montana NSF EPSCoR Startup Grant, $25,000.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Hull, E.J. and Zodrow, K.R. 2017. Acid rock drainage treatment using membrane distillation: Impacts of chemical-free pretreatment on scale formation, pore wetting, and product water quality. Environmental Sci. Tech. 51 (20), 11928-11934.

Zodrow, K.R.; Li, Q; Buono, R.M.; Chen, W.; Daigger, G.T.; Duenas-Osorio, L.; Elimelech, M.; Huang, X.; Jiang, G.; Kim, J.-H.; Logan, B.E.; Sedlak, D.L.; Westerhoff, P.; and Alvarez, P.J.J. 2017. Advanced materials, technologies, and complex systems analyses: Emerging opportunities to enhance urban water security. Environmental Science & Technology 51(18):10274–10281.

Dongare, P.D., Alabastri, A; Pedersen, S.; Zodrow, K.R.; Hogan, N.J.; Neumann, O.; Wu, J.; Li, Q.; Nordlander, P. and Halas, N.J. 2017. Nanophotonics-enabled solar membrane distillation for off-grid water purification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114(27):6936-6941.

Wu, J.; Zodrow, K.R.; Szemraj, P.B.; Li, Q. 2017. Photothermal nanocomposite membranes for direct solar membrane distillation. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 5(45):23712-23719.

Buono, R.M.; Zodrow, K.R.; P.J.J. Alvarez and Q. Li. 2015. A new frontier in Texas: managing and regulating brackish groundwater. Water Policy 18(3):727-749.

Zodrow, K.R
.; Bar-Zeev, E.; Giannetto, M.J. and Elimelech, M. 2014. Biofouling and microbial communities in membrane distillation and reverse osmosis. Environmental Sci. Tech. 48(22):13155-13164.

Ben-Sasson, M.; Lu, X.; Bar-Zeev, E.; Zodrow, K.R.; Nejati, S.; Qi, G.; Giannelis, E.P.; Elimelech, M. 2014. In situ formation of silver nanoparticles on thin-film composite reverse osmosis membranes for biofouling mitigation. Water Research 62:260-270.

Bar-Zeev, E.; Zodrow, K.R.; Kwan, S.E. and Elimelech, M. 2014. The importance of microscopic characterization of membrane biofilms in an unconfined environment. Desalination 348:8-15.

Zodrow, K.R.; Coulter, V.H.; Shaulsky, E. and Elimelech, M. 2014. Low flow data logger in membrane distillation: An interdisciplinary laboratory in process control. IEDEC 4th: 70-73.

Zodrow, K.R.; Tousley, M.E. and Elimelech, M. 2014. Mitigating biofouling on thin-film composite polyamide membranes using a controlled-release platform. J. Membrane Sci. 453:84-91.

Ben-Sasson, M.; Zodrow, K.R.; Genggeng, Q.; Kang, Y.; Giannelis, E.P. and Elimelech, M. 2013. Surface functionalization of thin-film composite membranes with copper nanoparticles for antimicrobial surface properties. Environmental Sci. Tech. 48(1):384-393.

Alsvik, I.L.; Zodrow, K.R.; Elimelech, M. and Hagg, M.B. 2013. Polyamide formation on a cellulose triacetate support for osmotic membranes: Effect of linking molecules on membrane performance. Desalination 312:2-9.

Presentations

Zodrow, K.R. 2017. Is there a place for advanced water treatment on the Butte Hill? Invited lecture for Montana Tech’s Resotration Seminar, October 18.

Zodrow, K.R.; Hull, E.J. and Eggensperger, C. 2017. Water treatment technologies for mine waste remediation and metals recovery. Presented at the MUS Materials Science Program’s Annual Meeting Symposium on September 8.

Zodrow, K.R. and Hull, E.J. 2017. Treatment of acid mine waste by membrane distillation. Presented to the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors in Ann Arbor, MI.

Zodrow, K.R. 2015. Designing water treatment membranes to improve longevity and performance. Invited lecture at the University of Houston, September 11.

Zodrow, K.R.; Wu, J.; Li, Q. 2015. Porous hydrogel coatings with carbon black for direct solar membrane distillation. Presented at the Texas Soft Matter Meeting in Houston, TX.

Zodrow, K.R.; Alvarez, P.J.J.; Medlock, K.B.; Li, Q. 2015. Water use in hydraulic fracturing—Looking to the future. Presented at the annual conference of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors in New Haven, CT.

Zodrow, K.R.; Wu, J.; Li, Q. 2015. Porous hydrogel coatings with carbon black for direct solar membrane distillation. Presented to the North American Membrane Society in Boston, MA.

Zodrow, K.R.; Coulter, V.H.; Shaulsky, E.; Elimelech, M. 2014. Low flow data logger in membrane distillation: An interdisciplinary laboratory in process control. Presented at the Interdisciplinary Engineering Design Education Conference in Santa Clara, CA.

Zodrow, K.R.; Tousley, M.E.; Elimelech, M. Binding polymer particles with encapsulated antibacterial compounds to thin-film composite membranes for enhanced biofouling resistance. Presented to the North American Membrane Society in Boise, ID.

 

Professional Development Activities:

Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Meeting (2017)

ABET Fundamentals of Program Assessment Training (2017)

 

Non-Academic Activities

Enjoys hiking, biking, backpacking, and exploring the great outdoors with family and friends.