Kerri Hickenbottom
Kerri Hickenbottom
Assistant Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering
(520) 626-9323
PhD, Environmental Science and Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 2015

Kerri Hickenbottom is a first-year Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Arizona. She completed her B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Science and Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Her research is centered on the development of novel engineered systems for resource recovery and reclamation of concentrate streams. She has investigated the technical, economic, and environmental life cycle impacts of a hybrid, membrane-based process (pressure retarded osmosis-membrane distillation) for energy generation from low-grade heat, forward osmosis for advanced treatment and recovery of drilling wastewater from hydraulic fracturing, and membrane distillation for management of concentrate streams. She looks forward to continuing her research and taking an interdisciplinary to solving our grand environmental challenges by collaborating with other researchers across campus and at the Institute of the Environment.

Selected Citations: 

K.L. Hickenbottom, J. Vanneste, L. Miller-Robbie, A. Deshmukh, M. Elimelech, M. Heeley, and T.Y. Cath “Techno-Economic Assessment of a Closed-loop Osmotic Heat Engine.” Journal of Membrane Science, 535 (2017) 178-187.
A. Achilli and K.L. Hickenbottom, “Pressure retarded osmosis: applications”, in: Sustainable Energy from Salinity Gradients, A. Cipollina and G.M. Micale Editors, Woodhead Publishing – Elsevier, 2016 
K.L. Hickenbottom, J. Vanneste, and T.Y. Cath “Assessment of Alternative Draw Solutions for Optimized Performance of a Closed-loop Osmotic Heat Engine.” Journal of Membrane Science, 504 (2016) 162-175.
K.L. Hickenbottom, J. Vanneste, M. Elimelech, and T.Y. Cath “Assessing the Current State of Commercially Available Membranes and Spacers for Energy Production with Pressure Retarded Osmosis.” Desalination Special Issue on PRO, 389 (2016) 108-118.
K.L. Hickenbottom and T.Y. Cath “Sustainable Operation of Membrane Distillation for Enhancement of Mineral Recovery from Hypersaline Solutions.” Journal of Membrane Science, 454 (2014) 426-435.
K.L. Hickenbottom, N.T Hancock, N. Hutchings, E.W. Appleton, E. Beaudry, P. Xu, T.Y Cath, “Forward Osmosis Treatment of Wastewater from Shale Gas Well Development.” Desalination, 312 (2013) 60-65.

Research Themes: 
Business and Economics
Energy Economics
Water markets
Energy efficiency technologies
Energy storage
Food Systems and Security
Modeling and simulation
Public health
Renewable energy and water treatment
Waste containment
Water for manufacturing
Water reuse
Water treatment
Water-energy nexus

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