Project TitleConcentrate Enhanced Recovery Reverse Osmosis (CERRO)
Track Code2017-002
Short Description

The University of Texas at El Paso seeks a licensing partner for a single-pass reverse osmosis water desalination process.

Desalination processes treat a feed stream and produce a lower salinity product stream and a higher salinity brine/concentrate stream. Most inland desalination systems are operated to maximize hydraulic recovery (ratio of volume of product water per volume of feed water), which is limited by the chemical scaling/precipitation of sparingly soluble salts, especially salts of sulfate, carbonate, or silicate. An enhanced recovery desalination (ERD) process operates to producing more useful product water by treating concentrate from a primary desalination system.

Tagsdesalination, salinity, brine, hydrolic recovery, enhanced recovery desalination, Reverse Osmosis
Posted DateNov 8, 2016 1:35 PM


Anthony Tarquin
William Walker
Guillermo Delgado


Melissa Silverstein


  • Uses conventional RO equipment
  • Limits membrane scaling
  • Compatible with many pretreatment methods
  • Compatible with energy recovery devices

Potential Applications

  • Wastewater treatment
  • Manufacturing runoff treatment
  • Sewage treatment

Contact Information

For more information, please contact UTEP's Office of Technology Commercialization at or 915-747-8030.


File Name Description
2017-002 One Pager None Download

Intellectual Property

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
62/409,420 None Provisional United States