Department of Environmental Science and Engineering
Wet Chemistry, Polymer Synthesis, Nanoscale Materials, Membrane Systems
PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010; MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004; BS, Civil Engineering, Universidad del Norte, Colombia, 2001
Associate Professor Coronell studies basic and applied aspects of water and energy where membrane technology plays a central role. Dr. Coronell’s main focus areas are membrane processes for (i) water desalination and reuse, and (ii) energy generation and storage using salinity gradients .
Currently, research focuses on advancing the understanding of the mechanisms of transport of water, salts, and other solutes through membranes, the development of new and improved membranes, and the optimization of membrane processes and systems. Such work involves wet chemistry, polymer synthesis, materials characterization at the nanoscale, use of state-of-the-art membrane systems, and mathematical modeling of membrane performance.