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Jonathan A. Brant
University of Wyoming
Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering, Dept. 3295
1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071-2000
Office Phone: (307) 766-5446 | email: jbrant1@uwyo.edu

Education
Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, 2003
University of Nevada, Reno

Doctoral Dissertation: Assessing the Role of Hydrophobic/Hydration Forces
on the Interaction of Colloidal Particles with Membrane Surfaces
Advisor: Dr. Amy Childress

M.S. Environmental Engineering, 2000
University of Nevada, Reno

Master’s Thesis: Characterization of the Hydrophobicity of Polymeric
Reverse Osmosis and Nanofiltration Membranes: Implications to Membrane Fouling
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1998
Virginia Military Institute, Lexington

Undergraduate Research: Treatment of Textile Dyebath Wastewater Using Advanced Oxidation Processes

Professional Experience
2008 – Pres. Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Architectural Engineering,
University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.

2007 - 2008 Membrane Design and Applied Research Engineer, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Bellevue, Washington

2006 – 2007 Research Associate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering,
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

2004 - 2006 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Professional Certification
Engineer in Training (EIT), 1998 - Candidate # 0420 047905

Honors and Awards
2008 AMTA-SEDA Best Poster Award
2002 UNR Graduate Student Association Research Grant
2000 NSF Student Travel Award
2000 EPA EPSCoR Doctoral Student Fellowship
2000 EPA EPSCoR Graduate Student Travel Award
1998 Alvin F. Meyer Award for Highest Proficiency in Environmental Engineering, VMI
1998 John E. Woodward Scholarship for Graduate Study, VMI

Professional Affiliations
• American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
• Environmental and Water Resources Institute of ASCE (EWRI)
• American Water Works Association (AWWA) - Student Chapter President 2001-2002
• North American Membrane Society (NAMS)
• American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
• Water Environment Federation (WEF)
• American Chemical Society (ACS)
• Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)

Proposals
Currently Sponsored

1) Co-principal investigator, Office of Naval Research (ONR BAA# 05-005), “Development of Ceramic Membranes for Thermally Driven Membrane Processes”, with Prof. Mark Wiesner, $262,952.

2) Co-principal investigator, AwwaRF (RFP#-4102), “Evaluation of Membrane Characterization Methods”, with Prof. Amy Childress, $300,000.

3) Co-principal investigator, WateReuse Foundation (WRF-06-010A), “State of the Science Review of Membrane Fouling: Organic, Inorganic, and Biological”, $150,000.

Publications
Refereed Journal Publications

1) Hendren, Z.D., Brant, J.A., and Wiesner, M.R., Surface Modification of Nanostructured Ceramic Membranes for Direct Contact Membrane Distillation, Journal of Membrane Science, Vol. 331 (1-2), 2009, pages 1-10.

2) Brant, J.A., Kwan, P., and Chang, Y.J., “Energy Consumption and Optimization of Low- and High-Pressure Membrane Processes: Case Study Evaluations”, in preparation.

3) Brant, J.A., Robichaud, C., and Wiesner, M.R., “Aggregation Behavior of Fullerene (C60) Colloids in the Presence of Natural Organic Matter”, submitted Journal of Colloid and Interface Science.

4) Brant, J.A., Koyuncu, I., Lecoanet, H., Veerapaneni, S., and Wiesner, M.R., “Characterization and Occurrence Ultrafine Particles in Drinking Water Filter Effluents”, submitted AWWA.

5) Wiesner, M.R., Hotze, E.M., Brant, J.A., and B. Espinasse, “Nanomaterials as possible contaminants: the fullerene example”, Water Science & Technology, Vol 57 No 3 pp 305–310.

6) Mortensen, E., Cath, T.Y., Brant, J.A., Dennett, K., and Childress, A.E., “Evaluation of Membrane Processes for Reducing Total Dissolved Solids Discharged to the Truckee River”, Journal of Environmental Engineering, 133 (12), 2007, pages 1136-1144.

7) Escobar I., Hoek, E., Gabelich, C., F. DiGiano, Y. Le Gouellec, Berube, P., K. Howe, J. Allen, K. Atasi, M. Benjamin, P. Brandhuber, Brant, J.A., Chang, Y., Chapman, M., A. Childress, W. Conlon, T. Cooke, I. Crossley, G. Crozes, P. Huck, S. Kommineni, J. Jacangelo, A. Karimi, J. Kim, D. Lawler, Q. Li, L. Schideman, S. Sethi, J. Tobiason, T. Tseng, S. Veerapaneni, and A. Zander, “American Water Works Association Membrane Technology Research Committee Report: Membrane Fouling – Recent Advances and Research Needs”, Journal American Water Works Association, 97 (8), 2005, pages 79-89.

8) Xia, T., Kovochich, M., Brant, J.A., Hotze, E.M., Semp, J., Oberley, T., Yeh, J., Sioutas, C., Wiesner, M.R., and Nel1, A., “Comparison of the Abilities of Ambient and Commercial Nanoparticles to Induce Cellular Toxicity According to an Oxidative Stress Paradigm”, Nano Letters, Vol. 6 (8), 2006, pages 1794-1807.

9) Labille, J., Brant, J.A., Villiéras, F., Pelletier, M., Wiesner, M.R., Bottero, J.-Y., “Affinity of C60 Fullerenes with Water”, Fullerenes, Nanotubes, and Carbon Nanostructures, Vol. 14 (2-3), 2006, pages 307-314.

10) Brant, J.A., Labille, J., Bottero, J.-Y., Wiesner, M.R., “Characterizing the Impact of Preparation Method on Fullerene Cluster Structure and Chemistry”, Langmuir, Vol. 22 (8), 2006, pages 3878-3885.

11) Koyuncu, I., Brant, J.A., Lüttge, A., and Wiesner, M.R., “A Comparison of Vertical Scanning Interferometry (VSI) and Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) for Characterizing Membrane Surface Topography” Journal of Membrane Science, Vol. 278 (1-2), 2006, pages 410-417.

12) Brant, J.A., Johnson, K.M., Childress, A.E., “Examining the Electrochemical Properties of a Nanofiltration Membrane with Atomic Force Microscopy”, Journal of Membrane Science, Vol. 276 (1-2), 2006, pages 286-294.

13) Brant, J.A., Johnson, K.M., and Childress, A.E., “Characterizing NF and RO Membrane Surface Heterogeneity Using Chemical Force Microscopy”, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, Vol. 280, 2006, pages 45-57.

14) Dalton, S.K., Brant, J.A., Wiesner, M.R., “Chemical Interactions between dissolved organic matter and low molecular weight organic compounds: impacts on membrane separation”, Journal of Membrane Science, Vol. 266 (1-2), 2005, pages 30-39.

15) Brant, J.A., Lecoanet, H., Wiesner, M.R., “Comparison of Electrokinetic Properties of Colloidal Fullerenes (n-C60) Formed Using Two Procedures”, Environmental Science & Technology, Vol. 39 (17), 2005, pages 6343-6351.

16) Brant, J.A., Lecoanet, H., Wiesner, M.R., “Aggregation and Deposition Characteristics of Fullerene Nanoparticles in Aqueous Systems”, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, Vol. 7 (4), 2005, pages 545-553.

17) Brant, J.A. and Childress, A.E., “Colloidal Adhesion to Hydrophilic Membrane Surfaces”, Journal of Membrane Science, Vol. 241 (2), 2004, pages 235-248.

18) Whisman, N.D., Manning, Y.L., Childress, A.E., Brant, J.A., Dyer, R., Marchand, E.A., Adams, J.D., “Probing Microplatform for the Study of Biological Adhesion Forces”, Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol. 74 (10), October 2003, Pages 4491-4494.

19) Brant, J.A. and Childress, A.E., “Membrane-Colloid Interactions: Comparison of Extended DLVO Predictions with AFM Force Measurements”, Environmental Engineering Science, Vol. 19 (6), December 2002, pages 413-427.

20) Brant, J.A. and Childress, A.E., “Assessing Short Range Membrane-Colloid Interactions Using Surface Energetics”, Journal of Membrane Science, Vol. 203 (1-2) June 2002, pages 257-273.

Conference Proceeding Papers

1) M.R. Wiesner, M.R., Hotze, E.M., Brant, J.A., and B. Espinasse. B., “Nanomaterials as possible contaminants: the fullerene example”, MICROPOL & ECOHAZARD 5th IWA Specialised Conference on Assessment and Control of Micropollutants / Hazardous Substances in Water, June 17-20, 2007, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

2) Brant, J.A., Robichaud, C.O., Espinasse, B., Hotze, E.M., Wiesner, M.R., “Factors influencing fullerenol characteristics and stability in water”, Particle Separation, July 9-12, 2007, Toulouse, France.

3) Espinasse, B., Brant, J.A., Robichaud, C., Wiesner, M.R., Mobility of colloidal C60 aggregates in porous media: specific effect of ions, ionic strength and organic matter, Particle Separation, July 9-12, 2007, Toulouse, France.

4) Robichaud, C.O., Brant, J.A., Espinasse, B., Hotze, E.M., Wiesner, M.R., “Assessing the Relative Risk of Fullerenes and their Derivatives: Practical Application of an Insurance Industry Protocol”, Particle Separation, July 9-12, 2007, Toulouse, France.

5) Brant, J.A., Labille, J., Bottero, J.-V., and Wiesner, M.R., “Comparative characteristics of aqueous suspensions of fullerene nanoclusters produced through different techniques” , 230th ACS National Meeting, Aug 28-Sept 1, 2005, Washington, DC.

6) Labille, J., Brant, J.A., Villieras, F., Rose, J., Wiesner, M.R., and Bottero, J.-V., “Colloidal Stability of Fullerene C60 in Water: Effect of Ionic Strength and Organic Matter”, International Workshop on Fullerenes and Atomic Clusters, June 27-July 1, 2005, St. Petersburg, Russia.

7) Brant, J.A., Wiesner, M.R., and Childress, A.E., “Low-Fouling Membranes: Evaluating Performance from a Thermodynamic Perspective”, 2004 American Water Works Association Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition, March 6-9, 2005, Phoenix, Arizona.

8) Tsui, E.M., Cortalezzi, M.M., Brant, J.A., and Wiesner, M.R., “Characterization of Ceramic Membranes by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy”, 2004 American Water Works Association Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition, March 6-9, 2005, Phoenix, Arizona.

9) Mortenson, E.R., Cath, T.Y., Brant, J.A., Dennett, K.E., and Childress, A.E., “Evaluation of Strategies to Reduce Loadings of Total Dissolved Solids from the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility to the Truckee River”, 2004 American Water Works Association Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition, March 6-9, 2005, Phoenix, Arizona.

10) Brant, J.A., Agarwal, G., Childress, A.E., and Hoek, E.M.V., “Assessing Colloid-Surface Interfacial Forces Relevant to Environmental Membrane Separations”, American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2003 Annual Meeting, November 16-21, 2003, San Francisco, California.

11) Brant, J.A. and Childress, A.E., “Evaluating Colloidal Interactions with Membrane Surfaces Using the Extended DLVO Approach”, American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2001 Annual Meeting, November 4-9, 2001, Reno, Nevada.

12) Brant, J.A. and Childress, A.E., “A Comprehensive Approach to the Prediction of Membrane Fouling”, American Chemical Society 221st National Meeting, April 1-5, 2001, San Diego, California.

Conference Presentations

1) Brant, J.A., “Occurrence and Behavior of Nanoparticles in Aqueous Environments: Implications for Water Treatment”, 2007 Awwa - Annual Conference and Exposition, June 24 - 28, 2007, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (oral presentation).

2) Brant, J.A., “Help we need water! - How One Small Coastal Community is Turning to Desalination to Solve its Current & Future Water Needs”, VA Awwa/ VEA Water Jam Conference, September 16 - 20, 2007, Hampton, VA. (oral presentation)

3) Brant, J.A. and Childress, A.E., “Low-Fouling Membranes: Evaluating Performance from a Thermodynamic Perspective”, 2004 American Water Works Association Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition, March 6-9, 2005, Phoenix, Arizona. (oral presentation)

4) Brant, J.A., Lecoanet, H., and Wiesner, M.R., “Surface Chemistry of Fullerene (n-C60) Nanoclusters”, presented at: Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology NanoDays, October 29-30, 2004, Houston, TX. (poster presentation)

5) Wiesner, M.R., Brant, J.A., and Lecoanet, H., “Aggregation and Deposition Characteristics of Fullerene Nanoparticles in Aqueous Systems”, presented at: American Chemical Society Special Session Honoring Professor Charles O’Melia, August 22-26, 2004, Philadelphia, PA. (oral presentation)

6) Wiesner, M.R., Brant, J.A., Lecoanet, H., and Veerapaneni, S., “Characterization of Particles in Filter Effluents”, presented at: 2004 AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition, June 13-17, 2004, Orlando, Florida. (oral presentation)

7) Brant, J.A., Agarwal, G., Childress, A.E., and Hoek, E.M.V., “Assessing Colloid-Surface Interfacial Forces Relevant to Environmental Membrane Separations”, presented at: American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2003 Annual Meeting, November 16-21, 2003, San Francisco, California. (oral presentation)

8) Brant, J.A. and Childress, A.E., “Colloidal Membrane Fouling Mechanisms: Elucidating the significance of membrane surface heterogeneities”, presented at: North American Membrane Society 14th Annual Meeting, May 17-21, 2003, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. (oral presentation)

9) Brant, J.A. and Childress, A.E., “Membrane-Colloid Interactions: Comparison of XDLVO Predictions with AFM Force Measurements”, presented at: International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes, July 7-12, 2002, Toulouse, France. (poster)

10) Brant, J.A. and Childress, A.E., “Membrane-Colloid Interactions Measured Using Atomic Force Microscopy and an Extended DLVO Approach”, presented at: North American Membrane Society 13th Annual Meeting, May 11-15, 2002, Long Beach, California. (oral presentation)

11) Brant, J.A. and Childress, A.E., “Evaluating Colloidal Interactions with Membrane Surfaces Using the Extended DLVO Approach”, presented at: American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2001 Annual Meeting, November 4-9, 2001, Reno, Nevada. (oral presentation)

12) Brant, J.A. and Childress, A.E., “A Comprehensive Approach for the Prediction of Membrane Fouling”, presented at: American Chemical Society 221st National Meeting, April 1-5, 2001, San Diego, California. (oral presentation)

13) Childress, A.E. and Brant, J.A., “Hydrophobicity and Fouling of Polymeric RO and NF Membranes”, presented at: Pacifichem 2000, December 14-19, 2000, Honolulu, Hawaii. (oral presentation)

14) Brant, J.A. and Childress, A.E., “Characterization of the Hydrophobicity of Polymeric RO and NF Membranes: Implications to Membrane Fouling”, presented at: North American Membrane Society 11th Annual Meeting, May 23-27, 2000, Boulder, Colorado. (oral presentation)

15) Brant, J.A. and Childress, A.E., “Characterization of the Hydrophobicity of Polymeric RO and NF Membranes: Implications to Membrane Fouling”, presented at: North American Membrane Society 11th Annual Meeting, May 23-27, 2000, Boulder, Colorado. (poster)

16) Brant, J.A. and Childress, A.E., “Characterization of the Hydrophobicity of Polymeric RO and NF Membranes: Implications to Membrane Fouling”, presented at: California/Nevada Section American Water Works Association Spring Meeting, April 24-27, 2000, Monterey, California. (poster)

Invited Presentations

1) “Environmental Transport, Fate, and Risk of Engineered Nanomaterials”, NanoTrends 2006, Potsdam, Germany, May 8-11, 2006.

2) “Nanoparticle Mobility in Aquatic Systems”, Franco-American Workshop: Nanotechnologies for a Sustainable Environment, Rice University, Houston, TX, December 15-16, 2005.

3) “Nanotechnology and the Environment: Developments and Implications”, University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, October 27, 2005.

Book Chapters

1) Brant, J.A. and Kauffman, G., Water Resources and Environmental Depth Reference Manual for the Civil PE Exam 1st Edition, Professional Publications, Inc., May 2008,

2) Brant, J.A., Labille, J., Jean-Yves Bottero, J.-Y., and Wiesner, M.R., “Nanoparticle Fate and Transport in the Environment”, Nanomaterials, Environment and Sustainability, McGraw Hill.

3) Rose, J., Thill A., Brant, J.A., Labille, J., Jean-Yves Bottero, J.-Y., and Wiesner, M.R., “Methods for structural and chemical characterization of nanomaterials”, Nanomaterials, Environment and Sustainability, McGraw Hill.

4) Brant, J.A. and Childress, A.E., “Low-Fouling Membranes: Evaluating Performance from a Thermodynamic Perspective”, Membrane Treatment for Drinking Water and Reuse Applications: A Compendium of Peer-Reviewed Papers, AWWA Publications.

Reports

1) “Evaluation of the Dynamic Energy Consumption of Advanced Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies”, Report to the America Water Works Association Research Foundation, 2007.

2) “Characterization of Particles in Filter Effluents”, Report to the America Water Works Association Research Foundation and US Environmental Protection Agency, 2007.

3) “Characterization of the Hydrophobicity of Polymeric Reverse Osmosis and Nanofiltration Membranes: Implications to Membrane Fouling”, Phase 2 Final Report to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Desalination Research and Development Program for Agreement No. 98-FC-81-0057, May 2002.

4) “Characterization of the Hydrophobicity of Polymeric Reverse Osmosis and Nanofiltration Membranes: Implications to Membrane Fouling”, Phase 1 Final Report to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Desalination Research and Development Program for Agreement No. 98-FC-81-0057, May 2000.

Patents
• Brant, J.A. and Wiesner, M.R., “Thin-layer composite membranes for enhanced temperature gradients”, disclosure filed January 2006.

Service
Activities
• Member of AWWA Membrane Research Committee
• Member of PNW AWWA Water Treatment Committee

Technical Reviewer for the following funding agencies
• US Environmental Protection Agency – Small Business Innovation Research - Nanomaterials

Technical Reviewer for the following journals
• Environmental Science and Technology
• Journal of Membrane Science
• Separation Science and Technology
• Journal of Colloid & Interface Science

 
 
     
 

Jonathan A. Brant, Ph.D. | University of Wyoming | Phone: (307) 766-5446 | Fax: (307) 766-2221
Email: jbrant1@uwyo.edu | School Web: http://www.uwyo.edu/ceas/faculty/jbrant1/