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 European Membrane Society’s 36th Summer School, 23-28 June 2019, hosted by The University of Edinburgh. This year’s theme is Membranes for a Sustainable Future. The invited lecture’s title is ‘Nanofiltration-Enabled Green Process Engineering’. Our latest research on nanofiltration-enhanced homogeneous and heterogeneous asymmetric catalysis will be covered. You can read more about some… Continue reading Featured Content: Follow us at EMS Summer School 2019 in Edinburgh
Our recent article on catalytic membrane reactors has been featured in the latest edition of In Abstract, the University of Manchester’s pick of the very best new research coming from the Faculty of Science and Engineering. You can read the article itself through the ACS Catalysis website.
Join us at the 14th International Conference on Catalysis in Membrane Reactors (ICCMR14), which will be held from July 8-11, 2019 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The invited talk on ‘Asymmetric Organocatalysis with Integrated Synthesis–Separation Membrane Reactors in Organic Media’ will cover our research on nanofiltration-enhanced homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. You can read more about some… Continue reading Featured Content: Follow as at ICCMR14
Join us at the 12th conference of the Aseanian Membrane Society (AMS12) on Jeju Island, Korea, 3-5 July 2019. The invited talk on ‘Organocatalytic Membrane Reactor for Integrated Synthesis and Separation in Organic Solvents’ will cover our research on nanofiltration-enhanced homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. You can read more about some of these published works in… Continue reading Featured Content: Follow us at AMS12 in Korea
Congratulations to Hai Anh Le Phuong for her award! Following the 2019 Postgraduate Student Conference at the School of Materials, Hai Anh was awarded the 3rd Prize in the poster competition in the Biomaterials, Polymers and Composites category for her work on the development of membrane separations for sustainable downstream processing. This research was carried… Continue reading Featured Content: Congratulations to Hai Anh for her recent Award!
Check out our new article on graphene oxide–polybenzimidazolium nanocomposite anion exchange membranes for electrodialysis featured on the cover page of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A by RSC Publishing. The work was done in collaboration with Profs Budd and Dryfe from Manchester, and Prof Zou from Masdar Institute.
Current Group Members Dr Sang-Hee Park Sang-Hee joined the group as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in KAUST moving from the Sustainable & Environmental Materials Laboratory at Korea University. He works on thin film composite (TFC) membranes for organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN). His research focuses on exploring the structure-performance-property correlation via fine-turning the membrane structures and… 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