Emily Tow

Emily Tow
Postdoctoral - Employee
(510) 486-4542

As an ITRI-Rosenfeld Postdoctoral Fellow, Emily studies transport phenomena in water treatment with the goal of reducing energy consumption and expanding access to clean water. Membrane fouling is a major driver of energy consumption in water desalination and reuse, and advances in the fundamental understanding of fouling are required to drive development of better solutions. At LBNL, Emily is developing techniques for in situ microscopic and spectroscopic characterization of biological fouling in desalination processes. By focusing on biofilm initiation and departure, she hopes to develop efficient techniques to prevent and remove fouling.

Emily obtained her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2017 with a focus on elucidating mechanisms of organic fouling. She has co-authored 12 peer-reviewed publications in transport phenomena and water desalination and co-invented energy-efficient batch processes for reverse osmosis. Emily has received several awards, including the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and is the chair of the American Water Works Association’s Membrane Technology Research Committee. In 2019, Emily will be sharing her love of transport phenomena, water treatment, and visual art with the students of Olin College as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.