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Posted: November 19, 2008
UCLA Licenses Water Nanofiltration Technology to WaterStyle Holdings
(Nanowerk News) WaterStyle Holdings, Inc. (“WSH”) and UCLA jointly announce the licensing of certain key intellectual property for use in the water sector. The intellectual property focuses on advanced water systems, services and solutions for desalination, reclamation, reuse and sustainability. Under the terms of the License, WSH will have exclusive worldwide rights to this technology. This serves as the foundation for WSH’s technology platform and systems capability.
Some of unique features to these water technologies include smart water systems deploying advanced remote monitoring and control, rapid process diagnostic systems and field testing, membrane process monitors, high performance nano-structured membranes for nanofiltration and Reverse Osmosis (“RO”) desalination, advanced processes for high recovery water desalination, and new methods for process optimization. The technologies developed by the UCLA WaTeR Center are pioneering technologies that have emerged from extensive multidisciplinary research and knowledgebase of fundamental science and technology.
“It is gratifying for us to have the opportunity to play a role in water technology transfer,” said Yoram Cohen, PhD, Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Director of UCLA’s WaTeR Center. Cohen added, “The collection of technologies developed by the WaTeR Center is unique in that it represents a multipronged approach to improve membrane-based water processing. For example, our approach to membrane process monitoring combines the use of direct optical imaging of the membrane surface with real-time image analysis and, for the first time, the quantitative use of such information for membrane plant control. Our novel surface nano-structuring process enables the creation of a high density and uniform polymer membrane surface “brush” layer that is tailored to reduce membrane mineral scaling propensity and provide added membrane fouling-resistance. This approach makes it possible to tailor-design membranes for challenging water treatment applications where mineral scaling and fouling can be devastating. Our research team also developed new process analysis and optimization approaches that make use of advanced artificial neural networks and model-based control and optimization to advance plant operation to reduce energy consumption and enable dynamic process optimization. Other important developments include accelerated chemical demineralization as an interstage in a two-stage membrane desalting process for high recovery (up to 98%) brackish water desalination.”
“We are pleased to see UCLA technology that addresses such a large scale, fundamental global problem---water scarcity---being moved towards the marketplace where it can ultimately benefit not only the State of California but almost every nation where water supply and quality are an issue,” states Emily Waldron Loughran, Director of Licensing from UCLA’s Office of Intellectual Property.
“We are very pleased to have exclusively licensed these technologies from UCLA. Many of these applications are commercially-ready. This integrated High-Tech approach to water treatment and production technologies represents a paradigm shift that will enable the rapid development and deployment of advanced distributed water systems and retrofitting of existing systems to provide the growing demand for water in our Nation and around the world,” stated Joseph A. Boystak, Chairman & Co-CEO of WaterStyle Holdings, Inc.
Boystak further noted, “Water is the irreducible element in the equation of life. There is no substitute for this precious resource. We anticipate the world’s fresh water supply will be severely taxed and unable to satisfy global demand over the coming decades. It is already at crisis levels in some areas. There is a clear nexus between water, health, energy and the economy.”
“We view UCLA to be one of the premier academic research centers in the world for water technology. UCLA has a long history and tradition of excellence in this sector having pioneered one of the first commercially viable reverse osmosis membranes and the world’s first RO plant for the production of drinking water. The research is world class in its theory and application,” said Michael B. Flesch, Vice Chairman & Co-CEO.
About WaterStyle Holdings, Inc.
WSH is a privately-held advanced water technology company based in Los Angeles, California focused on developing and deploying water systems, solutions and services to the global market place. WSH intends to use its robust platform technologies for desalination, reclamation, reuse and sustainability in the municipal, agricultural, industrial, commercial and residential water markets, worldwide. Its technology is highly adaptable to existing infrastructure and can scale from small residential applications to large municipal treatment and desalination plants. WSH’s technology is creating a new paradigm for managing water quality, testing and measuring standards, systems optimization and remote monitoring. WSH intends to establish a series of commercial partnerships or joint ventures to develop and deploy these systems and technologies worldwide. For additional information, please visit their web site at www.waterstyle.us.
About UCLA’s Water Technology (WaTeR) Center
The mission of the WaTeR Center is to advance technologies of water production in order to develop new and economical alternative sources of potable, irrigation, and consumptive water uses.
This will be accomplished through science-based innovation, technology evaluation, advanced education, and rapid information dissemination. A comprehensive S.M.A.R.T. W.A.T.E.R. approach will focus upon the following principles:
Sustainable water production technology in harmony with the environment
Multidisciplinary research & development teams
Advanced zero-discharge water production processes through integration with energy generation, membrane and thermal desalination and concentrate utilization
Rapid information dissemination and public access to new scientific, technical, economic, and environmental knowledge
Training the next generation of water technology experts for the State of California
Water pretreatment processes for foulant removal and mineral salt scale inhibition
Advanced fouling and scaling resistant membranes for water desalination
Targeting zero liquid discharge water production via high recovery membrane processes
Enhancing and integrating advanced disinfection technologies
Recycling technologies integrated into new water production facilities.
For additional information on UCLA’s Water Technology Center, please visit the web site at www.watercenter.ucla.edu.