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UNC: Coronell Named to Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research’s 2019 “Class of Influential Researchers”

Dr. Orlando Coronell, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as a member of the 2019 Class of Influential Researchers by the American Chemical Society’s Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research editorial team. The class includes 32 scientists and engineers whose work has influenced the fields of applied chemistry and chemical engineering. Each of the members of the 2019 class is considered an early career researcher, meaning they have undertaken independent career research for ~10 years or less.

Dr. Coronell’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of the transport of water, salts and other solutes through membranes. He also studies the development of new and improved membranes, as well as ways to optimize membrane processes and systems. This research has broad public health applications in the production and storage of clean, efficient water and energy.

A virtual special issue celebrating the 2019 Class of Influential Researchers includes original articles from each of the 32 selected researchers. Dr. Coronell’s research group contributed a study on the “Influence of Water Uptake, Charge, Manning Parameter, and Contact Angle on Water and Salt Transport in Commercial Ion Exchange Membranes.”

“Orlando strives to understand how membranes work on a fundamental level and then to design membranes with desirable properties for a range of applications,” said Dr. Barbara Turpin, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. “This American Chemical Society award reflects the respect he has earned from the scientific community for his foundational work and creativity.”

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