Media and News


  • UROP Trent Lee receives the Peter Griffith Prize in Undergraduate Experimentation! 15 May 2024.
  • The Sixth Edition of A Heat Transfer Textbook has been released! This edition includes a substantially revised chapter on mass transfer, including revised problems and a new solution manual for this chapter. 18 April 2024.
  • 2024/2/08: Our article, A. Deshmukh, J.H. Lienhard, and M. Elimelech, “Heat Diffusion During Thin-Film Composite Membrane Formation,” in J. Membrane Science is
    selected as Editor’s Choice Article for January 2024. (free to read)
    There are still fun things to do with classical heat conduction!
  • Cover of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics for 14 January 2024.

    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2024,26, 749-759

    2024/1/14: Our article is on the cover of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics! Solvent-driven fractional crystallization (SDFC) enables the efficient isolation and recovery of high-value metals and critical materials from brines and wastes. We used a two-variable speciation-based solution model to correlate VLE (organic Henry’s law coefficient and water activity), SLE (organic-induced salt crystallization), and salt-induced LLE separation of H2O-NaCl-MeCN mixtures.


  • Prof. Lienhard is asked Can desalination solve water scarcity? by the TILClimate Podcast of the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative, 26 October 2023.TILClimate Podcast Logo
  • UROP Trent Lee receives 3rd place award in the MIT Energy Initiative Research Slam competition on 15 September 2023!
  • Zi Hao Foo awarded ACS Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Division’s Best paper related to sustainability at ACS 2023 Fall Conference, for: Z.H. Foo, A. Deshmukh, A.D. Wilson, and J.H. Lienhard V, “Low Temperature Heat-driven Hypersaline Water Extraction with Dimethyl Ether,” 15 August 2023.
  • Zi Hao Foo receives a MathWorks Graduate Student Fellowship! 27 June 2023.
  • Professor Lienhard is recognized as Distinguished Alumnus by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UCSD (former Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences Department), 2 June 2023.
    Photo of John Lienhard (left) receiving the Distinguished Alumnus award from Carlos Coimbra at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, UC San Diego.

    Prof. Lienhard receives Distinguished Alumnus award from Carlos Coimbra.

  • Zi Hao Foo receives a Best Student Poster Award, 32nd North American Membrane Society Annual Meeting, 16 May 2023.
  • Gradiant Corporation, a start-up from our lab, reaches $1B valuation, 16 May 2023.
  • Samuel Heath receives the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! 29 March 2023.


    Cover of "Trends in Chemistry," November 2022

  • Our review paper on solvent separations is the cover article of Trends in Chemistry, November 2022. Foo et al., “Solvent-Driven Aqueous Separations for Hypersaline Brine Concentration and Resource Recovery,” Trends in Chemistry 4(12):1078-1093, 1 December 2022.
  • Video: Interview with Prof. Lienhard at the International Desalination Association World Congress, Sydney. 13 October 2022.
  • More Water, Less Concentrate Prize logo

  • Olin-Harmony-MIT team wins the US Bureau of Reclamation’s More Water, Less Concentrate Prize and receives $150,000 following field trials at the Yuma AZ desalination plant. Our winning system, constructed at Olin College, used the bladder-driven, batch reverse osmosis technology invented and developed in our lab. 9 September 2022.
  • Prof. Lienhard receives the 2021 ASME-AIChE Donald Q. Kern Award, for outstanding contributions to process engineering that have advanced energy-efficient thermal and membrane desalination systems and liquid jet impingement cooling at high heat flux. 11 July 2022.
    John Lienhard receiving the Kern Award plaque from Joel Plawsky.

    Prof. Lienhard receiving the Kern Award plaque from Prof. Joel Plawsky (RPI).

  • In memory of Professor Peter Griffith of the MIT Heat Transfer Laboratory, June 2022.
  • Dr. Akshay Deshmukh is selected as a 2022-2023 MIT Energy Initiative Fellow! 8 June 2022.
  • Prof. Lienhard is re-elected to the Board of Directors of the International Desalination Association. 29 April 2022
  • Danyal Rehman receives the Martin Family Fellowship for Sustainability! 28 March 2022.
  • Video: Repurpose Diablo Canyon for Economical Water & Energy? Drs. Lienhard, Buongiorno, and Parsons address the MIT Club of Northern California about the potential use of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant for carbon-free power and desalination. 16 March 2022.
  • Prof. Lienhard’s paper on heat transfer in flat-plate boundary layers is the most accessed paper in the Journal of Heat Transfer for 2021.
  • Gradiant Corporation, a start-up from our lab, is called “the first half-unicorn in the water sector” by Global Water Intelligence Magazine, 23(1):6, 20 January 2022.

Woodcut showing half of a unicorn. From Half of a unicorn (Edward Topsell, 1658)





Prof. Lienhard giving commencement address at IIT Ropar in Dec. 2018

Prof. Lienhard addressing graduates at IIT Ropar Convocation in Dec. 2018. IIT Director Prof. Sarit Das is at far right.


  • Toward efficient high-pressure desalination, about Emily Tow’s high pressure fouling studies, in MIT News, 16 October 2017.
  • Video: Prof. Lienhard interviewed by MIT Tea With Teachers 10 October 2017.
  • Yvana Ahdab wins Best Student Research Poster Award at the 2017 Groundwater Protection Council Annual Forum, Boston, 28 September 2017.
  • Andrew Bouma and Quantum Wei receive Honorable Mention at the 2017 MIT Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition, Sept. 2017.
  • Omar Labban receives the Rasikbhai L. Meswani Fellowship for Water Solutions, June 2017.
  • From Sea to Tap: can the oceans solve water scarcity?, Op-Ed in by Prof. Lienhard: The Mark News 22 June 2017; Arab News, 25 June 2017; Japan Today, 27 June 2017; Cyprus Mail, 26 June 2017; Peruvian Times, 27 June 2017.
  • Video: Professor Lienhard speaks at the EAT Stockholm Food Forum, on Science and Technology for a Food Secure Future, 12 June 2017.
  • May 2017
    • Jaichander Swaminathan receives MIT Carl G. Sontheimer Prize for Creativity in Research
    • Emily Tow receives MIT Meredith Kamm Memorial Award
  • March Madness 2017!
    • Yvana Ahdab receives NSF Graduate Fellowship
    • Emily Tow selected as an MIT Graduate Woman of Excellence
    • Kishor Nayar receives Best Poster Award at MIT Water Night
  • Emily Tow wins Best Student Paper Award at the 2017 AMTA/AWWA Membrane Technology Conference and Exposition in Long Beach, 16 February 2017.
Prof. Lienhard speaking on science and technology for food security at the EAT Stockholm Food Forum, June 2017.

Prof. Lienhard speaking on science and technology for food security at the EAT Stockholm Food Forum, June 2017. Photo credit: Johan Lygrell.



  • How to Share Water Along the Nile, New York Times Op-Ed on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam by Prof. Lienhard and Dr. K.M. Strzepek,
    29 Sept. 2015.
  • Jaichander Swaminathan receives Best Presentation Award and David Warsinger receives Best Poster Award at the International Desalination Association World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse, 3 September 2015
  • Toward cheaper water treatment, about spin-off company from our lab, 17 July 2015
  • Jaichander Swaminathan and David Warsinger win first and second place best poster awards, respectively, at the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exposition, 10 June 2015
  • J-WAFS: A nexus for water and food research at MIT, in MIT Spectrum, Summer 2015
  • Professor Lienhard receives the 2015 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award, for Art of Practice.
  • David Warsinger receives Outstanding UROP Graduate Mentor Award, April 2015.
  • Ronan McGovern receives the Ilya Prigogine Prize of Thermodynamics from the Joint European Thermodynamics Conference (JETC) for his doctoral thesis, March 2015.
  • Our group’s paper Entropy Generation Analysis of Desalination Systems (Mistry et al., 2011) receives a Best Paper Award from the journal Entropy, 16 February 2015.
  • Video: Renewable Water, Professor Lienhard at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, 21 January 2015.
On Mount Morgan

Our group on the summit of Mount Morgan in New Hampshire, 16 July 2015



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