Many of the conventional separation and purification processes in oil and gas, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries utilise large quantities of organic solvents and entail high energy consumption. Such processes could be totally or partially replaced by membrane technology, with an order of magnitude lower energy consumption. To enable this, membranes need to be both chemically resistant to the solvents involved and provide high flux, in order to process large solvent volumes with a viable area and in a viable timeframe.
My work focuses on the development of polymeric thin film composite membranes by interfacial polymerization, spin coating and dip coating to improve flux. These thin films are used in organic solvent applications. Another challenge I am working on is to be able to control their structure at a molecular level to tune and better understand their separation performance.
I am interested in porous nanomaterials, thin coatings and biomimetics
High Flux Membranes for Organic Solvent Nanofiltration, Membrane Science and Technology for Water Workshop, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal Saudi Arabia, 2014
Thin Film Composite Membranes by Interfacial Polymerization for Organic Solvent Nanofiltration, NAMS awards session, North American Membrane Society conference 2014, Houston, TX, USA, 2014