Dow Award Lecture: Membrane Science and Technology in the 21st Century


  • William B. Krantz University of Cincinnati


Award Lecture:  This paper emanated from a presentation made at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in connection with the Dow Lectureship Award given by ASEE's Chemical Engineering Division. The goals of this paper are (1) to provide an informative and hopefully interesting overview of membrane science and technology, (2) to illustrate an effective interplay between research and teaching in this field that has been made possible via the NSF Center for Membrane Applied Science and Technology (MAST), (3) to provide examples of highly successful research carried out in the MAST Center, and (4) to indicate the author's perspective on the potential for membrane science and technology in this 21st century.

Author Biography

William B. Krantz, University of Cincinnati

William B. Krantz received a BA in chemistry (1961) from Saint Joseph's College (Indiana) and his BS (1962) and PhD (1968) degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois- Urbana and the University of California-Berkeley, respectively From 1968-1999 he was Professor of Chemical Engineering and President's Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado. In 1999 he accepted the Rieveschl Ohio Eminent Scholar Chair at the University of Cincinnati where he is Director of the NSF II U CRC for Membrane Applied Science and Technology He is the recipient of a Guggenheim, NSF-NATO and three Fulbright fellowships, Special Achievement and Outstanding Performance Awards from NSF, the Innovation in Coal Conversion Award of the International Coal Conference, the George Westinghouse and Dow Chemical Engineering Division Lectureship Awards of ASEE, and the Malcolm E. Pruitt Award of the CCR. He has been named a Fellow of AAAS and ASEE and a Sigma Xi National Research Lecturer. In addition, he has received 27 awards for teaching excellence and service to student organizations.