Masashi Kaneda

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

M.S. Environmental Engineering, Hokkaido University, Japan, 2020

B.S. Socio-Environmental Engineering, Hokkaido University, Japan, 2017

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Masashi Kaneda is a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at Yale University, co-advised by Prof. Menachem Elimelech and Prof. Mingjiang Zhong.

Masashi initially joined the Elimelech Research group as a visiting graduate student in 2017. During his 14-month stay, he studied surface modification of membranes and developed a novel approach for chemical grafting of graphene oxide onto membrane surfaces made from inert materials. After completing his M.S., under the guidance of Prof. Kimura at Hokkaido University in Japan, where he also earned his B.S., he returned to the Elimelech Research group to pursue his PhD degree. His prior research at Hokkaido University explored membrane bioreactors and their effective cleaning strategies of membranes for fouling mitigation. Now at Yale, his research is primarily focused on silica scaling mitigation with functional polymers in reverse osmosis desalination. His investigations delve into the fundamental mechanisms of silica polymerization and its inhibition both in solutions and on membrane surfaces.

Outside the laboratory, Masashi serves as the President of the Yale Japanese Association, likes hanging out with his good friends, playing intramural soccer with the Engineering Department, and maintains workout at the university gym. He also enjoys playing the piano for relaxation at the School of Music.