National Water Research Institute (NWRI) & Southern California Salinity Coalition (SCSC) graduate fellowship.

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Graduate student Mackenzie Anderson ‘17 (Kaner group) is selected for prestigious 2020 NWRI-SCSC Fellowship.

Anderson was selected for the Fellowship to support her graduate research project “Toward Deterministic Membrane Design Using Thin-Film Liftoff.”  The Fellowship carries with it an award of $10,000. 

Anderson is conducting research in Professor Richard Kaner‘s laboratory where she is studying novel chemically tolerant membranes for desalination and industrial water reuse.

As an undergraduate pursuing her B.S. in Chemistry/Materials Science at UCLA, Mackenzie contributed to membrane research at UCLA and atmospheric/analytical chemistry at Oak Crest Institute of Science. After graduation in 2017, she joined the UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry graduate program, and now focuses her research on materials for chemically tolerant and selective membranes as well as coatings for the reduction of mineral scale on desalination membranes. An NSF Innovation at the Nexus of Food Energy and Water Systems Trainee, Mackenzie views her research in the context of sustainable water management and has had the opportunity to be a leader in campus sustainability planning and broaden her understanding of water systems through research on remote sensing of Earth’s water at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 

Mackenzie is part of the 2018 trainee cohort of the NRT Innovation at the Nexus of Food Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) trainee cohort. In 2018, she was awarded an American Membrane Technology Association-US Bureau of Reclamation Graduate Fellowship and in 2019 she received a NSF Honorable Mention. 

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,