Douglas Davenport

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Ph.D. Candidate, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University

M.S. Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University, 2019

M.Phil. Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Yale University, 2019

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 2014

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Doug joined Prof. Menachem Elimelech’s research group in the fall of 2015 as a Ph.D. student and is excited to continue his research of advanced membrane processes for water purification. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Kentucky where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. While completing his undergraduate degree, Doug was active conducting research in the membrane field. His research focused on the development of membranes with a thick cross-section and spongy morphology in order to maximize the available membrane pore volume. The increased internal volume serves as an ideal backbone for additional materials to be functionalized within the membrane surface. Doug studied the application of materials which are responsive to changes in pH, serve as ion-exchange materials, and can be used as catalysts for the degradation of harmful environmental contaminants.

Now at Yale, Doug is eager to continue advancing his knowledge and understanding of membrane processes. He has performed work using advanced polymerization techniques to modify ultrafiltration membranes in order to reduce the risk of detrimental fouling. In the coming years, he will develop novel, high-strength membrane materials suitable for high pressure reverse osmosis (HPRO). In doing so, Doug hopes to decrease the energetic and financial cost of brine desalination. This has the potential to enable the widespread, cost-effective desalination of hypersaline brines for safe disposal or beneficial reuse.

When he is not in the lab, you can find Doug in the mountains. He and his wife enjoy backpacking and skiing whenever they have the opportunity to do so.


pdfs and supporting information for group publications available on the main publications page.

  1. Davenport, D., Deshmukh, A., Werber, J., Elimelech, M., “High-pressure reverse osmosis for energy-efficient hypersaline brine desalination: current status, design considerations, and research needs,” 5 (2018) 467-475. DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.8b00274

  2. Sun, M., Zucker, I., Davenport D., Zhou, X., Qu., J., Elimelech, M., “Reactive, self-cleaning ultrafiltration membrane functionalized with iron oxychloride nanocatalysts,” 52 (2018) 8674-8683. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b01916

  3. Sun, M., Davenport, D., Liu, H., Qu, J., Elimelech, M., Li, J., “Highly efficient and sustainable non-precious-metal Fe-N-C electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction,” J. of Materials Chemistry A. 6 (2018) 2527-2539. DOI: 10.1039/C7TA09187G

  4. Davenport, D., Lee, J., Elimelech, M., “Efficacy of Antifouling Modification of Ultrafiltration Membranes by Grafting Zwitterionic Polymer Brushes,” Separation and Purification Technology. 189 (2017) 389-398. DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2017.08.034

  5. Davenport, D., Gui, M., Ormsbee, L., & Bhattacharyya, D. “Development of PVDF Membrane Nanocomposites via Various Functionalization Approaches for Environmental Applications,” Polymers. 8 (2016) 32.  DOI: 10.3390/polym8020032

  6. Xiao, L., Davenport, D., Ormsbee, L., & Bhattacharyya, D. “Polymerization and Functionalization of Membrane Pores for Water Related Applications,” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 54 (2015) 4174-4182. DOI: 10.1021/ie504149t