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!
It was a pleasure to have Hala Algallaf, a Saudi high school student, who spent her six-weeks research internship in our lab. Her internship was supported by the Saudi Research Science Institute (SRSI) program. During her stay, Hala was introduced to the electrochemical synthesis of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) working under the guidance of Dr Rifan… Continue reading Featured Content: Congratulations to Hala for her recent SRSI Award!
Check out our new article on electrospun nanofibrous membranes from ion exchange polymers to snare textile dyes from wastewater. The article is part of a special issue edited by Profs Amir Razmjou, Vicki Chen and Matthias Wessling. I am glad that our cover art by Fuat Topuz was selected by the Advanced Materials Technologies journal!… Continue reading Featured Content: Special issue cover for AMT
Check out our new article on defining sulfonation limits of PEEK for energy-efficient dehumidification. The article was selected for the inside front cover of JMCA published by RSC. Congratulations to Faheem and Mahmoud, the first authors of the article, for putting this work together in a successful interdisciplinary collaboration with Profs Ng and Schwingenschlogl.
Check out our new article on scavenging organic micropollutants from water with nanofibrous hypercrosslinked cyclodextrin membranes solely derived from green resources. The article was selected for the front cover of the Chemical Engineering Journal published by Elsevier. Congratulations to Fuat Topuz, the first author of the article, for putting this work together in a successful… Continue reading Featured Content: Front cover for CEJ
Join us at the 25th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, 14-18 June 2021. The invited talk on ‘Energy-efficient solvent recycling via nanofiltration in continuous flow’ will cover our latest research on the use of organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN) for in-situ recycling of solvents. Examples for the coupling of OSN with continuous extraction and continuous catalytic… Continue reading Featured Content: Invited talk at ACS-GC&E
Current Group Members Dr Mohamed Abdellah Mohamed got his PhD degree in the synthesis and utilization of polymeric OSN membranes from The University of Melbourne in 2020. He worked as a research fellow at The University of Melbourne for one year before Joining KAUST as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Mohamed’s research interest focuses… 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