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!
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.
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.
Our group has been awarded the Green Impact Labs Gold Award at The University of Manchester in November 2018. Congrats to all group members, and special thanks to Abdulaziz Alammar for leading our group to success! You can read more about this sustainability initiative here.
Join us at the International Conference on Nanotechnology and Nanoscience, 28-30 September 2018, in Osaka. The keynote address on ‘Integrated catalysis–separation platforms for sustainable chemical manufacturing’ will cover our latest research on nanofiltration-enhanced homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. You can read more about some of these published works in ChemSusChem and ACS Catalysis journals.
Congratulations to Joseph Baugh for his award! Following the 2018 summer graduation Joseph was awarded the ET Woodburn Prize for the Best Final Year MEng Research Project for his work on the development of graphene oxide anion exchange membranes. The research sits at the forefront of membrane technology and the final report, which was submitted… Continue reading Featured Content: Congratulations to Joseph for his recent Award!
Join us at the 2nd International Conference on Membrane Science and Technology, 13-14 September 2018, in London. The keynote address on ‘Sustainable synthesis and separation with solvent-resistant membranes’ will cover our latest research on nanofiltration-enhanced homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis.
Robert McNair Rob explores membrane capacitive deionisation techniques to remove undesirable ions from water. The ultimate aim of the project will strive to achieve clean, drinkable water. As part of the Graphene NOWNANO CDT, Rob develops graphene-based membranes and other 2D materials as a means of deionisation and desalination in collaboration with Professor Robert Dryfe… 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