Gaetan Blandin


PhD. Candidate

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Room 206, Chemical Sciences Bldg
The University of New South Wales
Sydney, 2052, Australia

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  • University of Nantes, France, ME.  Chemical engineering (1999)
  • University of Limoges, France, MSc. Water chemistry and microbiology (2011)

Research Project

Research Project Title: Assisted forward osmosis for energy savings in RO desalination.

The concept of assisted forward osmosis (AFO) will be applied as a pre-treatment step for reverse osmosis (RO) desalination, resulting in significant dilution of the sea/brackish waters and optimisation of the use of renewable energy. In AFO, a slight pressure is applied to the feed side, resulting in greater dilution of the RO feed, and thus significant reduction in the energy cost for RO operation. In this project, anti-fouling strategies will be investigated to decrease AFO operational costs, detailed modelling will be performed to optimise the process, and novel membranes will be studied for this specific osmotic application.

The project is supported by NCEDA and realised in collaboration with the University of Reno (US), Nangyang Technological University (Singapore) and Gent University (Belgium).

Gaetan’s Research Project


  • Oral presentation award at the 10th International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes (ICOM2014).