Baoxia Mi1 Casey Finnerty1 Sunxiang Zheng1 Zhongying Wang1

1, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, United States

Recent advances in two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials offer unprecedented opportunities to fabricate a new class of materials that can potentially revolutionize desalination technology. In this talk, I will first discuss the promise of 2D nanomaterials (e.g., graphene oxide/GO and MoS2) as building blocks to ingeniously make new nanostructured membranes with exceptional mechanical, electrical, chemical, and biological properties, thereby significantly improving the separation efficiency in desalination. In addition, I will introduce our recent study on synthetic GO leaf and solar-powered artificial tree for desalination. The potential of the artificial tree for treating high salinity water will be discussed with a focus on achieving zero liquid discharge (ZLD).