Welcome to the website of The Szekely Group! We are primarily based at the Advanced Membranes & Porous Materials Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), and partly at the School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science, in the North Campus of The University of Manchester. Browse through the menu to find information about the current and alumni group members, and learn about the research areas we cover. For more information about our research, industrial projects and PhD/postdoc opportunities, use the contact form to get in touch!
Join us at the International Congress on Membranes & Membrane Processes 2020, 7-11 December 2020, in London. The keynote address on ‘Toward sustainable thin film composite (TFC) membranes using plant-based monomers and green solvents for organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN)’ will cover our latest research on using green monomers and green solvents for membrane fabrication. Read… Continue reading Featured Content: Keynote Address at ICOM
Check out our new open access article on intrinsically microporous PEEK for energy-efficient nanofiltration in organic media featured on the front cover of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Congratulations to Mahmoud Abduhamid, the first author of the article, for putting this work together in a successful interdisciplinary… Continue reading Featured Content: Front cover for JMCA
Check out the news piece on our new article discussing the potential of artificial intelligence for the prediction of membrane performance in organic media. The research results will fast track the industrial implementation of organic solvent nanofiltration membranes. The article was selected by the Editors-in-Chief of Journal of Membrane Science as the Editor’s Choice Article,… Continue reading In the News: Artificial intelligence sheds light on membrane performance
Check out our new article on the electrocatalytic oxidation of biomass‐derived HMF to DFF with nanofiltration-assisted catalyst recovery featured on the front cover of the ChemSusChem journal by Wiley. Read the interview for the cover profile here. For the illustration the credit goes to Heno Hwang scientific illustrator at KAUST.
Check out our new article on hierarchically porous electrospun nanofibrous mats produced from intrinsically microporous fluorinated polyimide for the removal of oils and non-polar solvents featured on the front cover of the Environmental Science: Nano journal by RSC. The research was also featured under “New spin brings rapid rescue from oil spills” including a video… Continue reading Featured Content: Front cover for Environmental Science: Nano
Current Group Members Dr Sushil Kumar Sushil received his PhD in Inorganic chemistry from the University of Delhi, India. He worked as a SERB-Young Scientist at CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory, Pune (India), and a postdoctoral fellow at KAUST investigating the synthesis and applications of covalent organic frameworks. His current research interest encompasses designing and synthesizing… Continue reading Group members
Research Interests Sustainable manufacturing is one of the engineering grand challenges of the 21st century. The Szekely Group focuses on sustainable separations through the synergistic combination of materials science and chemical engineering. Sustainable production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and clean water is largely impacted by the efficiency of separation processes in product supply chains. The conventional… Continue reading Research