Education

Master of Science, Environmental Engineering · May 2010

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering · December 2007

The University of Texas at Austin

Bachelor of Arts, Plan II Honors Program · December 2007

The University of Texas at Austin

Experience


Founder and CEO, Bluecell Energy LLC

Research Triangle Park, NC (2013-2015)

  • Invented and reduced to practice a novel energy storage technology based on electrolyte concentration gradients.
  • Worked in concert with co-founder and two MBA students to analyze system cost-effectiveness relative to market opportunity.
  • Trained and supervised laboratory technician.
  • Oversaw design, materials selection, fabrication, and testing of three laboratory-scale prototypes.
  • Developed test procedures and interpreted performance data based on review of relevant scientific literature.
  • Programmed computational model based on chemical. thermodynamics to aid in system analysis and optimization
  • Prepared patent filings and managed protection of intellectual property.

Environmental Engineer, CDM Smith

Raleigh, NC (2010-2013)

  • Developed and conducted bench-scale experiments to evaluate impact of source water seawater intrusion on treated water corrosivity to lead, copper, and iron.
  • Analyzed feasibility of sustainable power generation using a biogas-fueled combined heat and power engine at a wastewater treatment plant.
  • Performed shop drawing reviews for mechanical equipment and piping for a water treatment plant. Coordinated review of construction submittals and RFIs with all other disciplines.
  • Reviewed algorithms for processing water quality data. Tested and commissioned several dozen remote monitoring systems at groundwater well sites.
  • Conducted master planning analysis of water treatment residuals and wastewater biosolids treatment and disposal for three North Carolina utilities.

Research Assistant, UNC Dept. of Environmental Science and Engineering

Chapel Hill, NC (2008-2010)

  • Investigated the use of magnetic ion exchange resin in combination with ozone to reduce inorganic disinfection by-product formation in tidally-influenced drinking waters.
  • Characterized samples using physical and chemical water quality analysis, gas chromatography, ion chromatography, and excitation-emission spectroscopy.

Engineer-in-Training, CDM

Austin, TX (2007-2008)

  • Designed chemical storage and pumping systems, disinfection basin, and associated yard piping for a 42 MGD drinking water treatment facility.
  • Analyzed a proposed water transmission main alignment for conflicts with buried utilities and proposed alternatives as necessary.
  • Assessed the condition of treatment equipment at a 50 MGD water treatment facility, identified capacity bottlenecks, and made recommendations for expansion based on available hydraulic head and site area.

Publications


Pre-prints (* = Corresponding Author)

Kingsbury, R.S., Flotron, S., Zhu, S., Call, D. F., Coronell, O.* Junction potentials bias measurements of ion exchange membrane permselectivity. ChemRxiv, 2017. DOI:10.26434/chemrxiv.5497099

Peer Reviewed (* = Corresponding Author)

Kingsbury, R.S., Liu, F., Zhu, S., Boggs, C., Armstrong, M.D., Call, D. F., Coronell, O.* Impact of natural organic matter and inorganic solutes on energy recovery from five real salinity gradients using reverse electrodialysis. Journal of Membrane Science 541:621-632, 2017. DOI:10.1016/j.memsci.2017.07.038

Wang, J., Kingsbury, R.S., Perry, L., Coronell, O.* Partitioning of alkali metal salts and boric acid from aqueous phase into the polyamide active layers of reverse osmosis membranes. Environmental Science & Technology 51(4): 2295-2303, 2017. DOI:10.1021/acs.est.6b04323

Kingsbury, R.S., Coronell, O.* Osmotic ballasts enhance faradaic efficiency in closed-Loop, membrane-based energy systems. Environmental Science & Technology 51(3): 1910-1917, 2017.
DOI:10.1021/acs.est.6b03720

Kingsbury, R.S.* , Chu, K.C., and Coronell, O. C. Energy storage by reversible electrodialysis: the concentration battery. Journal of Membrane Science 495:502-516, 2015. DOI:10.1016/j.memsci.2015.06.050

Kingsbury, R.S.* and Singer, P.C. Effect of magnetic ion exchange and ozonation on disinfection by-product formation. Water Research 47(3):1060-1072, 2013. DOI:10.1016/j.watres.2012.11.015

Non-peer Reviewed

Kingsbury, R.S., Dowbiggin, W.B., Edwards, M., and Singer, P.C. Impact of Harbor Deepening and Seawater Intrusion on Treated Drinking Water Quality. Proceedings of the American Water Works Association Annual Conference and Exhibition, 2012. http://acumen-va-publish.com/awwaACE2012/contents.php?s=THU09

Kingsbury, R.S. and Marriott, B.D. Optimize Climate-Controlled Sodium Hypochlorite Storage for Cost Savings and Improved Sustainability. Proceedings of the NC-AWWA/WEA Annual Conference, 2011.

Presentations


Invited Presentations

Kingsbury, R.S. Energy from saltwater. Annual Presentation to Duke Energy Foundation, Duke Energy Offices, Raleigh, NC, June 8, 2017.

Kingsbury, R.S., Coronell, O. Osmotic ballasts make saltwater energy more efficient. UNC Innovation Showcase, Chapel Hill, NC, April 26, 2017.

Kingsbury, R.S. A novel approach to energy storage based on blue energy and saltwater. Annual Presentation to Duke Energy Foundation, UNC Institute for the Environment, Chapel Hill, NC, April 30, 2016.

Oral Presentations

Kingsbury, R.S., Coronell, O. Osmotic ballasts enhance efficiency in closed-loop membrane systems for energy conversion and storage. 11th International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes, San Francisco, CA, July 29-August 4, 2017.

Kingsbury, R.S., Boggs, C., Liu, F., Zhu, S., Armstrong, M.D., Call, D. F., Coronell, O. Impact of natural organic matter and ionic composition on energy recovery from five real salinity gradients using reverse electrodialysis. AEESP Research and Education Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, June 20-22, 2017.

Kingsbury, R.S., Coronell, O. Osmotic ballasts improve the energy efficiency of closed-loop electrodialytic processes. 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting, Division of Environmental Chemistry, Philadelphia, PA, August 21-25, 2016.

Kingsbury, R.S., Chu, K., Coronell, O. Energy storage by reversible desalination: A concentration battery based on electrodialysis. 251st American Chemical Society National Meeting, Division of Environmental Chemistry, San Diego, CA, March 13-17, 2016.

Kingsbury, R.S. Impacts of harbor deepening and seawater intrusion on treated drinking water quality. AWWA Distribution System Security Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, September 10, 2012.

Kingsbury, R.S. Impacts of harbor deepening and seawater intrusion on treated drinking water quality. Georgia Association of Water Professionals Annual Conference, Savannah, Georgia, July 16, 2012.

Kingsbury, R.S. Impacts of harbor deepening and seawater intrusion on treated drinking water quality. AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition, Dallas, Texas, June 14, 2012.

Kingsbury, R.S. Impacts of harbor deepening and seawater intrusion on treated drinking water quality. North Carolina AWWA/WEA Spring Conference, Wilmington, North Carolina, April 17, 2012.

Kingsbury, R.S. Optimize climate-controlled sodium hypochlorite storage for cost savings and improved sustainability. NC-AWWA/WEA Annual Conference, Concord, North Carolina, November 15, 2011.

Kingsbury, R.S. Evaluation of MIEX pre-treatment on ozonation performance and disinfection by-product formation. AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition, Chicago, Illinois, June 21, 2010.

Poster Presentations

Kingsbury, R.S., Coronell, O. Energy storage by reversible electrodialysis: the concentration battery. Poster presented at the Triangle Student Research Competition, Durham, NC, September 2015.

Grants, Fellowships, and Awards


American Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Hydromantis Student Scholarship Award (2017)

One of 22 travel awards provided to students and postdocs attending the 2017 AEESP bi-annual meeting.

North American Membrane Society (NAMS) Student Fellowship Award (2017)

One of 3 fellowship awards provided to students and postdocs presenting at ICOM 2017.

Participant in Eschelman School of Pharmacy E(I) Lab Program

The E(I) Lab is a six-month experiential program designed to expose participants to the entire lifecycle of creating and bringing to market an innovative product. An overarching goal of the Carolina E(I) Lab is to inspire, cultivate and accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation among graduate students, professional students and postdocs

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2016)

UNC Duke Energy Fellowship (2015)

UNC Bunker Award (2010)

The Bunker Award is given annually by the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering to a master's student in environmental engineering who shows the most outstanding scholarship and professional promise.

UNC Order of the Golden Fleece (2010)

The Order of the Golden Fleece was founded in 1904 to unite student leaders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Considered the highest honorary society at the University, the Golden Fleece selects its members based upon service to the University as reflected in scholarship, motivation, creativity, loyalty, and leadership in academic and extracurricular pursuits.

UNC Order of the Old Well (2009)

The Order of the Old Well recognizes students and faculty members of high character who have demonstrated outstanding humanitarian service and whose service has gone uncompensated and unrewarded.

American Water Works Association Thomas R. Camp Scholarship (2008)

Sponsored by Camp Dresser and McKee, Inc., this scholarship provides support to outstanding graduate students doing applied research in the drinking water field.

Teaching and Mentoring


Guest Lecturer in Membrane Technology for Water Purification (ENVR 890) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Fall 2016)

Taught two 3-hr lectures on electrodialysis and reverse electrodialysis to graduate students.

Research Mentor

Supervised research of two undergraduates and one graduate student (2015-2017).

Professional Activities


Licensed Professional Engineer

North Carolina, License No. 040310

Peer Reviewer

  • ChemSusChem (1 manuscript)
  • Journal of Membrane Science (4 manuscripts)
  • Water Research (1 manuscript)
  • Journal of the American Water Works Association (1 manuscript)
  • Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (1 manuscript)

Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society
  • North American Membrane Society

Service and Outreach


  • High school outreach project with NC School of Science and Math (2016-2017)

  • Presenter, Science in the Stacks (elementary school activity) (2016)

  • Member, American Water Works Association Climate Change Committee (2012-2013)

  • Member, North Carolina American Water Works Association Drinking Water Rules and Regulations Seminar Planning Committee (2011-2012)

  • President, Daniel A. Okun Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (2008-2009)


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