Research Areas: Geological and Water Engineering; Net Zero Waste in Manufacturing
Biography: Daniel Wendt is a process engineer at the Idaho National Laboratory with 15 years of energy research experience. He has a strong background in hybrid systems, power cycle analysis, water purification, and renewable energy technologies including geothermal power and biofuel production. He holds a master’s in mechanical engineering from University of Idaho and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Cornell University. As a research engineer assigned to Energy Resource Recovery and Sustainability Department, he has been a principal investigator in the effort to develop and field test a Switchable Polarity Solvent Forward Osmosis prototype unit for the purification of produced waters from oil and gas production operations. His technical responsibilities include overseeing lab-scale testing required for process development and scale-up activities, as well as leading engineering efforts to select and design process equipment components necessary to advance SPS-FO technology toward meeting field testing performance goals and operational requirements.
M.E., Mechanical Engineering - University of Idaho
B.S., Chemical Engineering - Cornell University