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Chemical Engineering alumnus Dr. James Landon wins top prize for clean water technology

Chemical Engineering alumnus Dr. James Landon (BS 2006) recently won the top award at the 5Across competition in Lexington, KY, a venue where entrepreneurs pitch their start-up company ideas in an effort to gain money and support for their business.

More information about 5Across and the competition can be found here: www.5Across.org. After completing his BS degree at Lehigh, James pursued a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, graduating in 2011 under the advising of Dr. John Kitchin. Subsequently, he obtained a postdoctoral position at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UK-CAER) under Dr. Kunlei Liu to conduct research in the area of CO2 capture and separations.

James is now a staff research engineer at UK-CAER and has been working to commercialize recent advancements in a water treatment process known as capacitive deionization through PowerTech Energy, LLC. This relatively new water treatment process can drastically reduce the energy cost of various water desalination applications.

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Posted December 2013

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