"Correlation equation for predicting single-collector efficiency in physicochemical filtration in saturated porous media,” Environmental Science & Technology, 38: 529-536 (2004).
This award is given annually to recognize the author(s) of a "landmark environmental engineering and science paper that has withstood the test of time and significantly influenced the practice of environmental engineering and science.
The recipients are Nathalie Tufenkji of McGill University and Menachem Elimelech of Yale University for their paper “Correlation equation for predicting single-collector efficiency in physicochemical filtration in saturated porous media,” which appeared in Environmental Science & Technology in 2004.
Tufenkji and Elimelech (2004) presented a landmark correlation equation for the determination of the single‐collector contact efficiency (η0) in physicochemical particle filtration in saturated porous media. Earlier approaches did not consider the influence of hydrodynamic interactions and van der Waals forces. The new equation showed remarkable agreement with exact theoretical predictions of η0 over a wide range of conditions. The impact of the Tufenkji and Elimelech (2004) paper is evidenced by the rate of citations in Web of Science: 492 citations, or about 38 per year. One year after it was published, the paper was acknowledged by Thomson ISI as one of the most cited papers in the field of Environment/Ecology.