University of Arizona's WEST Center
The WEST Center is a leading-edge venue focused on advanced water and wastewater treatment and monitoring, alternative energy and related technologies. WEST is co-located with Pima County's Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility and is adjacent to reclaimed water recharge basins and constructed wetlands – all of which compose a Water Reclamation Campus. WEST is unique in its ability to conduct the translational research necessary to advance the sustainable technologies of the future. With large portions of the United States currently affected by drought, WEST Center is poised to answer some of the nation's biggest questions about sustainable water and energy use.
The Interim Director of WEST Center is Kim Ogden, Ph.D., professor in the University of Arizona's Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Interim Vice President for Research.
WEST featured on MRS TV - Watch now!
In November 2018, the Materials Research Society (MRS) hosted its 2018 Fall Meeting & Exhibit, and featured a video shot on site at WEST Center. Don't miss it!
WEST well represented at IWA Regional Water Reuse Conference
University of Arizona researchers contributed to planning and presentations at the International Water Association (IWA) 2018 Regional Conference on Opportunities for Water Reuse in Southeast Asia, held in Phuket, Thailand October 30 – November 2.
Water-Energy Nexus at Forefront of UA Research
The interrelation of water and energy is an essential area of inquiry at WEST Center. A current collaborative study between faculty in Optical Sciences and Chemical Engineering/WEST explores the potential for using new solar-thermal technology for water purification.
WEST Industry Advisory Board (IAB) Convenes in Tucson, AZ
Members of the WEST Center Industry Advisory Board (IAB) met in Tucson on Oct. 9 for the WEST Center 2018 IAB Meeting & Research Symposium. Attendees heard research updates, toured WEST, and discussed priorities for new project development. It was a great opportunity to connect with partners.
International Delegates Visit WEST Center, Discuss Collaboration
On October 11, 2018, WEST Center hosted delegations from Mexico's Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and Israel's Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). Delegations toured the facility and discussed possible collaboration.
WEST research features at IWA World Water Congress in Tokyo
WEST faculty present research conducted in collaboration with WEST-member, METAWATER, at IWA Conference in Tokyo. Study results indicate filtration method for virus removal has potential for application in water reuse.
Business H2O: Water Innovation Summit
The Water Innovation Summit, held in Phoenix AZ on December 11, 2018, will bring together business leaders, government officials, and water experts to discuss best practices in corporate water stewardship and public policies to address the ever growing, global demand for water.
AZ Water Research Symposium
The AZ Water Research Symposium will be held on January 8, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. The Symposium theme is "Smart Water Systems of Today—Cyber Innovations in Water Systems." Poster abstracts are welcome (submission deadline January 2, 2019).
WRRC Conference 2019
The WRRC Annual Conference, scheduled for February 2, 2019, will focus on water scarcity, challenges, and community-based solutions in Arizona. The conference will feature informative presentations and conversation about how Arizona communities are addressing their water challenges through collaboration, conservation, market-based approaches, long-term planning, and more.