David's research focuses on the use of thermofluids and nanoengineering for challenges for water treatment, especially at the intersection of water, energy, food, and health. This work includes improved process design for water treatment, new membrane materials and coatings, new membrane antifouling processes, nanomaterials for disinfection, and energy efficiency thermodynamics for water treatment.
David is an avid collaborator and eagerly works with faculty as well as postdoc's and graduate students. Ongoing collaborative opportunities include numerous experimental and modeling journal papers related to membrane nanomaterials, review papers on water treatment membranes, and entrepreneurial work.
David has run experiments with several desalination apparatuses, including for numerous configurations of membrane distillation and reverse osmosis. He also tests membrane properties such as liquid entry pressure, permeate flux, fouling, membrane porosity (porometer), and is expanding capabilities here. His lab has a collimated beam for photocatalysis studies, and a system for measuring thermal conductivity of liquids. He has done modeling work on: membrane distillation, multieffect distillation, multistage flash, nanofiltration, batch reverse osmosis, and modelling of fouling and crystal nucleation in numerous systems.
Research Talks and other videos
Can we save lives with thermodynamics? Nanoengineering and Thermofluids for the Water-Food-Energy Nexus (Purdue, overview of my research)
Bold Plan ? Replace the Border Wall with an Energy Border Corridor in Scientific American,27 March 2018
Batch desalination bests standard RO in MIT News, 18 November 2016.
Low Carbon Desalination Workshop at MIT, 17-18 October 2016, in MIT News.
David M. Warsinger receives the UCOWR Outstanding Dissertation Award in Science and Engineering, from the Universities Council on Water Resources, March 2016.
Example research projects