Dow buys into oxidation-resistant membrane research

Dow Water Solutions has reached a multi-year joint development partnership with Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) and University of Texas at Austin (UT).

Under the agreement, Dow Water Solutions will collaborate with Virginia Tech and UT on the research and development of oxidation-resistant reverse-osmosis membranes already being developed (D&WR Aug/Sept 2008, p58).

This joint partnership will tackle one of the toughest technical challenges in the water desalination industry, developing oxidation-resistant, or chlorine-resistant, reverse-osmosis membranes that will simplify the water treatment process and convert highly-contaminated waters into potable water sources.