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Water Club & Waste Alliance Lecture: Industrial Water treatment - by Prakash Govindan, CTO, Gradiant

  • MIT Building 4, Rm 231 (map)

Prakash is the founder and Chief Technical Officer at Gradiant Corporation, a technology-driven water company aimed at solving the world’s most challenging water treatment problems. The company’s flagship technology - Carrier Gas Extraction (CGETM) - was field demonstrated in the Permian basin in 2013 and has since won the 'Industrial Water Project of the Year' at the Global Water Awards 2014. Since then, two full-scale operating plants have been built and are operated for US oil field clients by Gradiant. Prakash is also the head of R&D at Gradiant and leads the team that is developing directional solvent extraction, ion caging, membrane based high salinity desalination, novel coagulation and on-the-fly disinfection techniques. Before founding Gradiant, Prakash was a PhD student in the Mechanical Engineering department at MIT perfecting the CGE technique for his thesis work. While at MIT, Prakash received the de Florez prize for graduate design, the Legatum fellowship for entrepreneurship and the best paper award at the IDA World Water Congress 2011. He has co-authored more than 30 international peer-reviewed publications and has filed more than 60 patents at the US PTO.