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Gary Amy

Gary AmyDean Distinguished Professor
Rich Lab
Clemson, SC 29631
864.656.3201
E-mail: gamy@clemson.edu

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Civil/Environmental Engineering University of California at Berkeley, 1978
Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil Engineering San Jose State University, 1971
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Civil Engineering San Jose State University, 1970

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Faculty Overview

Dr. Amy’s main areas of expertise are drinking water treatment and wastewater reclamation/reuse, with specific expertise in membrane rejection and fouling, selective adsorption, natural organic matter characterization, disinfection by-product formation and control, and natural systems. More recently, his major research emphasis has been on low-energy seawater desalination technologies, energy-harvesting wastewater treatment processes, and managed aquifer recharge for wastewater reuse. Over a career of 35 years, he has published over almost 400 articles in refereed publications, and supervised almost 50 PhD students.

Dr. Amy is a member of the International Water Association (IWA), the International Desalination Association (IDA), and the the American Water Works Association (AWWA). He serves on the editorial boards of Water Supply and Technology (IWA), International Ozone Association (IOA), and the Journal of Drinking Water Engineering (on-line). He has received best paper awards from the Journal AWWA and the Journal of the Water Environment Federation. His PhD students have received best dissertation awards from the AWWA and the IOA. He was recipient of a Fulbright Award for Germany (2003-2004), was invited as Distinguished Lecturer, Korea Brain 21 Program (2002), and was appointed Visiting Scholar at Kyoto University, Japan (2001).

Selected Publications

Amy, G., Ghaffour, N., Li, Z., Francis, L., Linares, R.V., Missimer, T., Lattemann, S., 2017. Membrane-based seawater desalination: Present and future prospects. Desalination 401, 16–21. doi:10.1016/j.desal.2016.10.002

Li, X., Cai, T., Amy, G.L., Chung, T.-S., 2017. Cleaning strategies and membrane flux recovery on anti-fouling membranes for pressure retarded osmosis. J. Memb. Sci. 522, 116–123. doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2016.09.016

Harb, M., Wei, C.-H., Wang, N., Amy, G., Hong, P.-Y., 2016. Organic micropollutants in aerobic and anaerobic membrane bioreactors: Changes in microbial communities and gene expression. Bioresour. Technol. 218, 882–891. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2016.07.036

Kim, Y.-D., Thu, K., Ng, K.C., Amy, G.L., Ghaffour, N., 2016. A novel integrated thermal-/membrane-based solar energy-driven hybrid desalination system: Concept description and simulation results. Water Res. 100, 7–19. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.05.002

Li, S., Lee, S.-T., Sinha, S., Leiknes, T., Amy, G.L., Ghaffour, N., 2016. Transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) removal efficiency by a combination of coagulation and ultrafiltration to minimize SWRO membrane fouling. Water Res. 102, 485–493. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2016.06.055

Linares, R.V., Li, Z., Yangali-Quintanilla, V., Li, Q., Vrouwenvelder, J.S., Amy, G.L., Ghaffour, N., 2016. Hybrid SBR–FO system for wastewater treatment and reuse: Operation, fouling and cleaning. Desalination 393, 31–38. doi:10.1016/j.desal.2016.03.015

Liu, Q., Qiu, G., Zhou, Z., Li, J., Amy, G.L., Xie, J., Lee, J.Y., 2016. An Effective Design of Electrically Conducting Thin-Film Composite (TFC) Membranes for Bio and Organic Fouling Control in Forward Osmosis (FO). Environ. Sci. Technol. 50, 10596–10605. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b03402

Salifu, A., Petrusevski, B., Mwampashi, E.S., Pazi, I.A., Ghebremichael, K., Buamah, R., Aubry, C., Amy, G.L., Kenedy, M.D., 2016. Defluoridation of groundwater using aluminum-coated bauxite: Optimization of synthesis process conditions and equilibrium study. J. Environ. Manage. 181, 108–117. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.06.011

Uwamariya, V., Petrusevski, B., Lens, P.N.L., Amy, G.L., 2016. Effect of pH and Calcium on the Adsorptive Removal of Cadmium and Copper by Iron Oxide–Coated Sand and Granular Ferric Hydroxide. J. Environ. Eng. 142, C4015015. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001009

Wei, C.-H., Hoppe-Jones, C., Amy, G., Leiknes, T., 2016. Organic micro-pollutants’ removal via anaerobic membrane bioreactor with ultrafiltration and nanofiltration. J. Water Reuse Desalin. 6.

Awards & Honors

Nominated for Clark Water Prize Award by National Water Research Institute (2013).

Nominated for AP Black Research Award by American Water Works Association (2005).

Served as Ph.D. Dissertation Advisor to NoHwa Lee, Recipient of the First Place AWWA Academic Achievement Award for Best Dissertation, 2004.

Appointed as DFG Mercator Professor at Technical University of Berlin, 2003-2004.

Recipient of Fulbright Award for Germany, 2003-2004.

Served as Ph.D. Dissertation Advisor to Namguk Her, Recipient of the Second Place AWWA Academic Achievement Award for Best Dissertation, 2003.

Invited as Distinguished Lecturer, Korea Brain 21 Program, 2002

Appointed as Distinguished Research Scientist at Kyoto University, Summer 2001.

Co-recipient of AWWA Publication Award, Best Paper in Journal AWWA, 1999.

Co-recipient of AWWA Publication Award, Best Water Quality Division Paper, 1999.

Served as Ph.D. Dissertation Advisor to Ken Carlson, Recipient of the First Place AWWA Academic Achievement Award for Best Dissertation, 1997.

Co-recipient of the Water Environment Federation’s 1996 McKee Award for WEF research journal article “Water Quality Changes during Soil Aquifer Treatment of Tertiary Effluent”, 1996.

Served as Ph.D. Dissertation Director for Mohamed Siddiqui, Recipient of I.O.A. Hallopeau Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Ozone Research, 1993.

Served as Ph.D. Dissertation Director for Cynthia Paulson, Recipient of Holly Cornell Award, 1991.

Served as Ph.D. Dissertation Director for Michael R. Collins, Recipient of Second Place Academic Achievement Award, Presented by the American Water Works Association, 1986.

Served as M. S. Thesis Advisor for Stephen King, Recipient of Second Place Academic Achievement Award, Presented by the American Water Works Association, 1982.