Jeffrey R. McCutcheon, Ph.D.


Role: Executive Director, Connecticut Center for Applied Separations Technologies (CCAST)

Jeffrey McCutcheon is the Centennial Term Professor in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut. He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University. For nearly 20 years, he has pioneered work in membrane based separations, notably in the areas of osmotic processes and membrane formation. He has raised over $12M to support research in the areas of forward osmosis, membrane distillation, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis, pervaporation, vapor permeation, organic solvent nanofiltration and additive manufacturing for membranes. He has published over 100 refereed publications and has several patents on membrane technology. He has given over 100 invited talks, keynotes, and plenary lectures (including invited talks in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East). He has served the separations community as a Director for both the AIChE Separations Division and the North American Membrane Society (NAMS) and recently served as President of NAMS. He currently serves as the Deputy Topic Area lead for Materials & Manufacturing Topic Area in the National Alliance for Water Innovation, the Department of Energy’s $100M “Water Hub” dedicated to supporting the development of desalination technology in the United States. In this role, he helps manage over $25M in projects dedicated to materials and manufacturing research and is part of the team currently planning the renewal of the hub for a second 5-year, $100M program.

He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, the Solvay Advanced Polymers Young Faculty Award, The DuPont Young Faculty Award, the EPA Early Career Award, and the FRI/John G. Kunesh Award from the AIChE Separations Division. He was the winner of the 2019 Global Water Summit Water Technology Idol competition for his work on 3D printed membranes and was named a quarter- and semi-finalist of the American Made Challenges Solar Desalination Prize from the Department of Energy for his work on ceramic membranes for solar-driven membrane distillation. He was inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 2021. In 2017, he was named the Executive Director of Fraunhofer USA Center for Energy Innovation and served for 3 years before taking the Center to its now independent status as the Connecticut Center for Applied Separations Technologies (CCAST). CCAST is dedicated to identifying opportunities to implement membrane and other advanced separation technology into various industrial processes in order to lower energy use, reduce carbon footprint, limit waste, and prevent adverse environmental and health impacts.

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