This summer, Senior Sustainability Scientist and School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy assistant professor Mary Laura Lind will begin her research as part of a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant awarded earlier this year. Under her direction, engineering graduate and undergraduate students will investigate transport properties of membranes at the nanoscale. This research will help inspire better water filtration and waste water technologies while also finding a way to use the filtered materials as sources for biofuel. Lind and her team hope to find more energy-efficient methods of transporting and filtering water. “Her work on membranes for liquid phase applications, especially water purification and treatment, is an important part of ASU’s overall research thrust in energy and sustainability,” says ASU chemical engineering Regents’ Professor Jerry Lin.