Nancy  Lu

Nancy Lu

Scholar Title

MIT SoE — Lord Foundation Undergraduate Research and Innovation Scholar

Research Title

Water Desalination by Shock Electrodialysis




Martin Bazant


The development of cost- and energy- efficient water purification systems, specifically desalination systems, is one of the most critical engineering challenges today. Shock electrodialysis is a newly developed method that uses ion concentration polarization zones and deionization shocks in porous media (1-3 micron pores) near an ion selective membrane to deionize water. In this project, I plan to experimentally demonstrate the applicability of shock electrodialysis to scalable water desalination, bacterial filtration and disinfection, and the isolation of target ion(s) from a mixture.


I have been working with the Bazant Group since December 2014 on this project and I have enjoyed every moment of it!

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