Andrea Achilli

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering

Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute

Andrea Achilli is an Assistant Professor in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Arizona (UA) and affiliated faculty at the UA Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center. He received a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno where he developed the osmotic membrane bioreactor and investigated pressure retarded osmosis. He has 15 years of research experience in membrane processes for desalination and water reuse, including membrane distillation and energy recovery. His research focuses on process integration, modeling, and optimization for water and wastewater treatments. Dr. Achilli is the PI or Co-PI of several funded research projects for membrane contactor processes and hybrid systems for desalination and water reuse. Current funding sources include the Bureau of Reclamation, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the Department of Energy RAPID program, and the Department of Defense ESTCP program.


  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno