Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Professor
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Research on the surface tension of seawater by Professor John Lienhard and Kishor Nayar SM ’14, PhD ’19 has been recognized as a guideline by the International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam.
A new study by Professor John Lienhard shows that textbook formulas for describing heat flow characteristics, which are crucial in many industries, are oversimplified.
A passive solar-powered desalination system developed by Professor Evelyn Wang and Professor John Lienhard achieves a new level of efficiency in harnessing sunlight to make fresh potable water from seawater.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES, Dept. Chemical, Nuclear, and Thermal EngineeringBS in Thermal Engineering
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES, Dept. Chemical, Nuclear, and Thermal EngineeringMS, Heat and Mass Transfer
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO, Dept. Applied Mechanics and Engineering SciencesPhD, Fluid Dynamics
The activities of our research group are in the broad area of heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics. Our focus is on technologies for desalination of seawater and brackish water, recycling of water, and treatment of and resource recovery from waste waters, with increased energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact as core objectives. This work includes thermodynamic cycle analysis, transport processes in components, solar-energy driven systems, and both thermal and membrane separations.
Past activities in our lab have included: convection and fluid dynamics in liquid jet impingement; high heat flux engineering; thermally stratified turbulent flow and instrumentation; electronics thermal management; and thermally driven instabilities.
John H. Lienhard V is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor and the founding Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab at MIT (J-WAFS). During more than three decades on the MIT faculty, Lienhard’s research and educational efforts have focused on heat and mass transfer, water purification and desalination, and thermodynamics. He has also filled a number of administrative roles at MIT.
Lienhard’s research on water purification has spanned a wide range of technologies for desalination and waste brine management, with a focus on energy efficiency and environmental protection. Lienhard has directly supervised more than 100 graduate theses and postdoctoral associates and is author of more than 300 peer-reviewed publications. He has been issued 40 US patents, most of which have been commercialized through start-up companies.
Lienhard is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a Fellow of the American Society of Thermal and Fluid Engineers (ASTFE). He is a recipient of the 1988 National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the 1992 SAE Teetor Award, a 1997 R&D 100 Award, the 2012 ASME Technical Communities Globalization Medal, the 2015 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, the 2019 ASME Edward F. Obert Award, and the 2021 AIChE/ASME Donald Q. Kern Award.
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