Jonathan Brant is a licensed professional engineer (environmental engineering) in Wyoming (Lic #: 14591) and an associate professor in the Civil and Architectural Engineering Department at the University of Wyoming. He obtained his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) under the advisement of Dr. Amy Childress. Jon had post-doctoral research appointments at Rice University and Duke University under the guidance of Dr. Mark Wiesner. He later joined HDR Engineering, Inc. in Bellevue, WA as a consulting engineering in the water treatment group before arriving at the University of Wyoming in the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering in 2008.
Jon’s research focuses on the development and implementation of innovative physicochemical separation processes for water and industrial wastewater treatment .Oil and natural gas produced water research has been the center point of Jon’s research since 2008 in addition to work on the optimization of membrane processes (MF, UF, NF, and RO) in terms of energy consumption, mitigation of membrane fouling, and concentrate management. Specific research thrusts in these areas include: (i) subsurface desalination irrigation system development, (ii) fate and transport of nanoparticles in natural and engineered environmental systems, (iii) reactive/smart membrane synthesis for improved membrane performance (low-fouling, high permeate flux), and (iv) development of nano-composite membranes for non-pressure driven applications.