Research, Patents and Publications

RESEARCH:

  • Use of Dendrimers to Enhance Selective Separation of Nanofiltration and Reverse Osmosis Membranes. Project founded by U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 2005.

  • Project # AS-002 Automation and Operation Optimization to Reduce Water Costs. Project founded by Middle East Desalination Research Center, 2004.

  • Boron Rejection by Reverse Osmosis Membranes: National Reconnaissance and Mechanism Study. Project founded by US Bureau of Reclamation, 2003.

  • Study of Wastewater Reclamation Using Backwashable Capillary UF and Encapsulated RO Membrane Modules. Project founded by U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, 1999.

  • Project #97-BS-013 A Novel Method to Permanently Improve the Rejection of RO Desalination Modules to Significantly Lower the Cost of Desalination. Project founded by Middle East Desalination Research Center, 1999

  • Project #97-AS-004a Development of New Technologies for the Re­duction of Fouling & Improvement of Performance in Seawater RO. Project funded by Middle East Desalination Research Center, 1998

PATENTS:

  • U.S. provisional patent application, US 61/146,602, Flexible Capacity Design (FCD) for increasing Permeate Capacity of a Reverse Osmosis system. January 2009. Inventor: Mark Wilf. Assignee: Tetra Tech.

  • U.S. Patent 7,481,917 Filtration device with embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, issued January, 27, 2009. Inventors: Norio Ikeyama and Mark Wilf. Assignee: Nitto Denko.

  • U.S. Patent 7,584,061, Device for measuring permeate flow and permeate conductivity of individual reverse osmosis modules. Issued September 1, 2009. Inventors: Mark Wilf, Rich Franks, Craig Bartels, Norio Ikeyama. Assignee: Nitto Denko.

  • PCT Application, PCT/US03/19689, Methods for Reducing Boron Concentration in High Salinity Liquids, Inventors: Mark Wilf, Craig Bartels, Masahiko Hirose. Assignee: Nitto Denko.

  • US Patent # 7,442,309, Methods for Reducing Boron Concentration in High Salinity Liquids, Inventors: Mark Wilf, Craig Bartels, Masahiko Hirose. Assignee: Nitto Denko.

  • EP 1 392 410 B1, Water treatment apparatus, issued September 07, 2005. Inventors: Masahiko Hirose, Atsushi Hiro and Mark Wilf. Assignee: Nitto Denko.

  • U.S. Patent 6,805,796 Water treatment apparatus, issued September 07, 2005. October 19, 2004. Inventors: Masahiko Hirose, Atsushi Hiro and Mark Wilf. Assignee: Nitto Denko.

  • U.S. Patent 6,821,430 Method of treating reverse osmosis membrane element, and reverse osmosis membrane module, issued November 23, 2004. Inventors: Andou Masaaki, Watanabe Terutaka, Hirose Masahiko, Hachisuka Hisao, Wilf Mark,  Bartels Craig, Andes Keith, Assignee: Nitto Denko.

  • U.S. Patent 5,905,197 Membrane Sampling Device, issued May 18,1999. Inventor: Mark Wilf, Assignee: Hydranautics.

PAPERS AND PUBLICATIONS 

  • “The Guidebook to Membrane Technology for Wastewater Reclamation. Wastewater Treatment, Pollutants, Membrane Filtration, Membrane Bioreactors, Reverse Osmosis, Fouling, UV Oxidation, Process Control, Implementation, Economics, Commercial Plants Design” by M. Wilf with chapters by C. Bartels, D. Bloxom, J. Christopher, A. Festger, K. Khoo, V. Frenkel, J. Hudkins, J. Muller,  G. Pearce R. Reardon and A. Royce, Balaban Desalination Publications (January 2010)

  • “The Guidebook to Membrane Desalination Technology. Reverse Osmosis, Nanofiltration and Hybrid Systems. Process, Design and Applications” by M. Wilf with chapters by C. Bartels, L. Awerbuch, M. Mickley, G. Pearce and N. Voutchkov, Balaban Desalination Publications (2006)

  • Craig Bartels, Sandro Cioffi, Stefan Rybar, Mark Wilf, Erineos Koutsakos, Long term experience with membrane performance at the Larnaca desalination plant, Desalination 221 (2008) 92-100

  • Bartels, M. Wilf, W. Casey and J. Campbell, “New generation of low fouling nanofiltration membranes”, C. Desalination 221 (2008) 158 – 167

  • Brett Andrews, Bhasker Davé, Paloma López-Serrano, Shih-Perng Tsai, Rich Frank, Mark Wilf, Erineos Koutsakos, Effective scale control for seawater RO operating with high feed water pH and temperature, Desalination 220 (2008) 295-304

  • M. Gonzales, J. Curbelo, A. Abandes, C. Bartels, S. Talo, M. Wilf and J. Suarez, “Evolution of Configuration and Operation Regime at the Las Palmas III Seawater Desalination Plant” Proceedings of IDA Desalination Conference, Las Palmas, October 2007.

  • C. Bartels, S. Rybar, M. Vondar, M. Wilf, M. Estaban and M. Jefferies, “Rehabilitation of Performance of RO Seawater Plant Through Improvement of Pretreatment” Proceedings of IDA Desalination Conference, Las Palmas, October 2007.

  • ” H. Hyung, P. Mane, J. Brown, M. Wilf, J. Park, S. Kim and J. Kim, “Boron Rejection by SWRO Membranes: From Transport Mechanism to Process Cost Analysis Proceedings of IDA Desalination Conference, Las Palmas, October 2007.

  • “Improving Total Cost of Desalination by Membrane Pre-Treatment” C. Bartels, G. Pearce and M. Wilf, Proceedings of IDA Desalination Conference, Las Palmas, October 2007.

  • C. Bartels and M. Wilf, “Use of Dendrimers to Enhance Selective Separation of Nanofiltration and Reverse Osmosis Membrane” Final Report of Contract no. 05FC811176, US Bureau of Reclamation (April 2007)

  • N. Lior, A. El-Nashar, C. Sommariva, M. Wilf, “ Automation and operation optimization to reduce water cost” Middle East Research Desalination Center, Report of contract #  97-AS-002 (2006)

  • C. Bartels, R. Franks, S. Rybar, M. Schierach, M. Wilf, “The effect of feed ionic strength on salt passage through reverse osmosis membranes”, Desalination 184 (2005)185-195.

  • C. Bartels, M. Hirose, H. Seah and M. Wilf, Optimization of permeate quality in RO seawater systems, Proceedings of IDA Water Desalination Conference, Singapore (2005)

  • B. Liberman and M. Wilf, Evolution of configuration of RO seawater desalination systems,  Proceedings of IDA Water Desalination Conference, Singapore (2005)

  • C. Bartels, M. Wilf, K. Andes and J. Iong, “Design considerations for wastewater treatment by reverse osmosis“, Water Science and Technology, Vol 51, pp 473, 2005

  • N. Lior, A. El-Nashar, C. Sommariva and M. Wilf, An update on the state of information, measurement, control and automation in water desalination, Proceedings of IDA Water Desalination Conference, Singapore (2005)

  • M. Wilf and C. Bartels, Optimization of seawater RO system design, Desalination 173 (2005) 1 – 12.

  • M. Wilf, “Reverse Osmosis”, chapter in Encyclopedia of Water Science, Marcel Dekker Inc. New York 2003, pp: 803 – 808.

  • L. Stevens, J. Kowal, K. Herd, M. Wilf, W. Bates, Tampa Bay seawater desalination facility: start to finish, Proceedings of IDA Water Desalination Conference, Bahamas (2003)

  • K. Andes, C.R. Bartels, J. Iong, M. Wilf, “Design considerations for wastewater treatment by reverse osmosis”, Intern. Desalination Assoc.,  World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse, September 28-October 3, 2003, Bahamas, Paper BAH03-060

  • L. Song, J. Hu, S. Ong, W. Ng, M. Elimelech and M. Wilf, Emergence of thermodynamic restriction and its implications for full-scale RO processes, Desalination 155 (2003) 213-218

  • P. Glueckstern, M. Priel and M. Wilf “Field evaluation of capillary UF technology as pretreatment for large scale seawater RO system”.  Proceedings of EDS Conference, Toulouse (2002)

  • C. Bartels and M. Wilf, Selective Color Removal Nanofiltration Membrane for the 7 MGD irvine Ranch Water Treatment project, Proceedings, of the Membranes in Drinking and Industrial Water Production MDIW Conference, Mülheim an der Ruhr  ( 2002)

  • M. Wilf and Manfred K. Schierach, “Improved performance and cost reduction of RO seawater systems using UF pretreatment”, Desalination 135 (2001) 61-68

  • Shyam S. Sablani, M.F.A. Goosen, R. Al-Belushi, M. Wilf, “Concentration polarization in ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis: a critical review”, Desalination 141 (2001) 269-289

  • M. Wilf and S. Alt “Study of wastewater reclamation using backwashable capillary ultrafiltration and encapsulated reverse osmosis modules”, Final report for Bureau of Reclamation, Contract No. 1425-97FC-81-30068, Water Treatment Technology Program Report No. 42, June 1999.

  • M. Wilf  “Reverse  Osmosis for Water Reclamation” , Water Reclamation  and Reuse, Water Quality Management Library – Volume 10, Technomic Publishing Inc., Lancaster Pennsylvania 1998, pp: 263 – 345.

  • M. Wilf and Kenneth Klinko “Effect of New Pretreatment Methods and Improved Membrane Performance on Design of RO Seawater Systems” , Proceedings of  IDA World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse, October 1997, Madrid, Vol 1, pp: 357 – 372.

  • M. Wilf, “Effect of New Generation of Low Pressure High Salt Rejection Membranes on Power Consumption of RO systems”, Proceedings of the AWWA Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition, New Orleans, LA (February 1997).

  • M. Wilf, “New Generation of Low Pressure High Salt Rejection Membranes”, Proceedings of the 1996 Biennial Conference and Exposition, Monterey, California (August 1996).

  • M. Wilf and K. Klinko, Performance of commercial seawater membranes., Desalination, 96 (1994) pp. 465 – 478

  • M. Wilf, P. Chebi, P. Lange and P. Laverty, “Design and Performance of a Large reverse Osmosis Softening Plant,” Proceedings of the IDA World Conference on desalination and water Reuse, Washington (August 1991).

  • W. Dunivin, P. Lange, R. Sudak and M. Wilf, “Reclamation of Ground water Using RO Technology”, Proceedings of the IDA World Conference on Desalination and water Reuse, Washington (August 1991).

  • S. Kremen, M. Wilf and P. Lange, “Operation results and Economics of Single Stage and Two-Stage Large Size Sea Water RO System”, Proceedings of the 12th International Symposium on Desalination and Water Re-use, Malta (April 1991), Vol 2.

  • M. Wilf, S. Kremen, P. Lange and I. Watson, “A Decade of Reverse Osmosis Plant Experience in Florida”, Presented at the NWSIA Meeting, Orlando, Florida, August 1990.

  • M. Wilf, “Design of Commercial Reverse Osmosis Systems”, American Water Works Association Membrane Technology Conference, Reno, Nevada (August 1995)

  • M. Wilf, P. Lange and P. Laverty, “Application of Reverse Osmosis Technology for Water  Reclamation in Southern California”, International seminar on efficient water reuse, Mexico City, Mexico (October 1991)