The Elimelech lab is involved in many major centers that are described below. These centers allow for collaboration with other major universities and national labs and expand the impact of the Elimelech research.

Center for Enhanced Nanofluidic Transport (CENT)

Description from the website:

“CENT will address emerging and compelling gaps in our knowledge of fluid flow and molecular transport in single digit nanopores and establish the scientific foundation for developing transformative molecular separation technologies impacting the Water – Energy Nexus.

CENT will apply precision model systems, transformative experimental tools, and predictive multiscale theories to understand fluid flow and molecular transport in single – digit nanopores, to identify conditions for enhanced flow at extreme confinement, to unravel structure of solid/liquid interfaces, and to design new mechanisms that deliver unprecedented molecular selectivity.”

Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT)


Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment(NEWT) is a collaboration between Rice University, Arizona State University, University of Texas at El Paso and Yale University. The primary goal of NEWT is to develop next-generation water treatment systems enabled by nanotechnology. The three primary thrusts are:

  1.  Multi-Functional Nanomaterials
  2. Low Energy Desalination
  3. Scaling and Fouling Control

Description from the website:

“NEWT is applying nanotechnology to develop transformative and off-grid water treatment systems that both protect human lives and support sustainable economic development.

NEWT’s compelling research at the intersection of nanotechnology and the global demand for clean water inspires diverse students to pursue engineering and science centers.”

National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI)

Description from the website:

“NAWI’s focus is on early-stage research on desalination and associated water-treatment technologies to secure affordable and energy-efficient water supplies for the United States from nontraditional water sources.

Our five-year research program will be guided by an annual roadmapping process designed to engage stakeholders from the water-treatment and water-use ecosystem, and by an annual request-for-proposal process to solicit research ideas through a competitive, peer-reviewed evaluation and selection process. “

The US-Israel Collaborative Water-Energy Research Center (coWERC)

Description from the website:

“The Israel-U.S. Collaborative Water-Energy Research Center (Israel-U.S. CoWERC) will evaluate, develop, and demonstrate new technologies to solve critical challenges at the energy-water nexus. Water and energy are inextricably linked: water purification and distribution are primary uses of energy, while water is essential for energy production and wastewater also contains substantial energy.

There is a central challenge to enable secure, cost-effective water provision in integrated energy-water systems, including water supply, primary water use, wastewater treatment, energy recovery, and water reuse. Israel-US CoWERC will leverage recent advances in both the U.S. and Israel to reduce energy intensity and cost of water across the entire water spectrum. CoWERC will focus on three areas of technology development for the Energy-Water Nexus: Energy-efficient Enhanced Water Supply, Wastewater reuse and resource recovery, and Energy-Water Systems.”