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Freshwater Science: Stopping Algal Bloom Toxins at the Kitchen Tap

February 22, 2022 – New research from Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab and the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative

NOTE This event occurs in the past
  • Time:Feb 22 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm, 2022
  • Event Organizer:Christina Dierkes | Contact Host
  • Event Category:Webinars | Show Similar

Harmful algal bloom toxins are a common concern for people living along the Lake Erie shoreline, where drinking water is often drawn from the lake.

In addition to removing these toxins during water treatment, Ohioans may have another tool at their disposal: Dr. Glenn Lipscomb’s research, funded by the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative, has shown that reverse osmosis membranes, an essential component of home water purification systems, can remove algal toxins from drinking water. The mechanism by which toxins are removed will be discussed along with tests for commercially available units.

The webinar is free, but registration is required to receive log-in information.

About the Speaker

Glenn Lipscomb
Glenn Lipscomb Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Toledo

G. Glenn Lipscomb is a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Toledo. He received a BS from the University of Missouri at Rolla and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. After working for three years at The Dow Chemical Company developing gas separation membranes, Professor Lipscomb joined the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Cincinnati and subsequently moved to Toledo. In academia, his research interests have revolved around the use of membrane science and engineering to address the gas and liquid separation challenges that society faces in sustainable production of food, energy, and water. His work includes fundamental studies of transport in membranes, development of new membrane materials, and high performance design of membrane modules.

Professor Lipscomb served as chair of the Chemical Engineering Department in Toledo from 2004 to 2019. He is a past Board Member and President of the North American Membrane Society. He also is past President and current Treasurer of Omega Chi Epsilon, the Chemical Engineering Honor Society. Professor Lipscomb is a member of the Journal of Membrane Science Editorial Board, a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and a member of the Missouri University of Science and Technology Academy of Chemical Engineers.

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