Jeffrey R. McCutcheon, Ph.D.

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

Jeffrey McCutcheon is The Al Geib Professor of Environmental Engineering Research & Education 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. Since his appointment in Fall of 2008, he has established a laboratory focused on membrane separations. He has raised over $7M 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 80 refereed publications, 3 book chapters, and several patents on membrane technology. 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 a term as President of NAMS. He has received numerous awards including the 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, the Solvay Advanced Polymers Young Faculty Award, The DuPont Young Faculty Award, and the FRI/John G. Kunesh Award from the AIChE Separations Division. He recently was the winner of the 2019 Global Water Summit Water Technology Idol competition for his work on 3D printed membranes. 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 applied research in the membrane technology and separations space and is charged to interact directly with industries in need of solutions to separations challenges.