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Dr. Shaffer studies materials and systems for water treatment. His research aims to create new and resilient water supplies through desalination technologies and reuse strategies.
Currently, Dr. Shaffer investigates membranes for desalination and tailors membrane surface properties to improve performance. He employs novel characterization techniques like neutron radiography and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to gain insight into structure-property relationships that influence membrane transport. Membranes with tailored properties will be incorporated into systems designed for high-recovery desalination of unconventional water sources.
Shaffer D.L., LaManna J.M., Jacobson D.L., Hussey D.S., Elimelech M., Chan E.P. Studying water and solute transport through desalination membranes via neutron radiography. Journal of Membrane Science, 2018, 548, 667-675.
Shaffer D.L., Tousley M.E., Elimelech M. Influence of polyamide membrane surface chemistry on gypsum scaling behavior. Journal of Membrane Science, 2017, 525, 249-256.
Shaffer D.L., Jaramillo H., Romero-Vargas Castrillón S., Lu X., and Elimelech M. Postfabrication modification of forward osmosis membranes with a poly(ethylene glycol) block copolymer for improved organic fouling resistance. Journal of Membrane Science, 2015, 490, 209-219.
Shaffer D.L., Werber J.R., Jaramillo H., Lin S., and Elimelech M. Forward osmosis: Where are we now? Desalination, 2015, 356, 271-284.
Shaffer D.L., Arias Chavez L.H., Ben-Sasson M., Romero-Vargas Castrillón S., Yip N.Y., and Elimelech M. Desalination and Reuse of High-Salinity Shale Gas Produced Water: Drivers, Technologies, and Future Directions. Environmental Science & Technology, 2013, 47 (17), 9569-9583.