Group members

 

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 on the synthesis of bio-derived selective membranes and their applications in liquid and gas separation. ORCID profile.

 

Dr Sushil Kumar

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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 novel porous polymers for different industrial applications.

 

Dr Mahmoud Abdulhamid

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Mahmoud joined the group as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in KAUST after finishing his Ph.D. in Chemical Science under the supervision of Prof. Ingo Pinnau at AMPMC-KAUST. He works on designing and synthesizing novel porous polymers for different industrial applications including gas separation and organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN). His research focuses on developing newly fashioned polymers prepared from contorted structures and study their transport performance. Google Scholar profile.

 

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Dr Rifan Hardian

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Rifan received his PhD in Materials Science from Aix-Marseille University, France, within the European Commission’s Marie Curie Actions under the supervision of Philip Llewellyn and Marie-Vanessa Coulet. He worked as an Early Stage Researcher at MADIREL Laboratory to investigate the interplay between texture, structure, and reactivity in Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), particularly in the case of defective, amorphous, and metal-encapsulated MOFs. His research interest encompasses gas storage, separation, and heterogenous catalysis. Read more about Rifan at his Blog, LinkedIn and GoogleScholar profiles.

 

 

Nawader Alqadhi

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Nawader received her MS degree in Chemistry from Taibah University, Saudi Arabia. Nawader was a lecturer at Taibah University, after which she decided to pursue a PhD degree. She joined the group as a PhD student to investigate the solvent effect in the field of organic solvent nanofiltration. PhD graduation: 2024. ORCiD profile.

 

Joyce Cavalcante

Joyce Cavalcante

Joyce received her MS degree in Material Science and Engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, in Brazil. She joined the group as a PhD student to investigate the fabrication and characterization of biopolymer-based membranes, and their separation performance in organic media. PhD graduation: 2023. LinkedIn profile.

 

Martin Gede

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Martin received his BEng and MEng degrees in Chemical Engineering from Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and he was a visiting student in the group during the summer of 2019. He joined the group as a PhD student in 2020 to develop nanocomposite membranes and intrinsically microporous polymers for various separation challenges. PhD graduation: 2023. ORCiD profile.

 

Cong Yang

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Cong received her MS degree from the University of Manchester. Cong’s PhD research focuses on developing green, solvent-resistant thin film composite membranes for organic solvent nanofiltration. PhD graduation: 2023.

 

Jiahui Hu

Jiahui Hu

Jiahui received her MS degree from the University of Manchester under the supervision of Dr Thomas Rodgers. Jiahui’s PhD research focuses on exploring the potential of artificial intelligence for advancing membrane separations, and developing novel membranes for organic solvent nanofiltration. PhD graduation: 2023. LinkedIn profile.

 

Gergo Ignacz

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Gergo received his MRes from the University of Manchester in The Szekely Group, and his thesis focused on polymers of intrinsic microporosity in nanofiltration systems. After one year of working in the pharmaceutical industry, he joined the Group again, this time as a PhD student. Gergo is developing nature-inspired polymers and membranes for separations, in particular organic solvent nanofiltration. PhD graduation: 2023. LinkedIn and GoogleScholar profiles.

 

Fadhilah Alduraiei

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Fadhilah received her MS degree from KAUST under Prof Peng Wang. Her project focused on superwettable membranes for highly efficient separation of oil in water emulsions. She worked on multiple environmental sustainability projects, which looks into treating industrial waste. Fadhilah develops TFC membranes for separations in non-polar organic solvents in collaboration with Professor Suzana Nunes. PhD graduation: 2022.

 

Robert McNair

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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 from the School of Chemistry at The University of Manchester. Expected PhD graduation: 2021.

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Abdulaziz Alammar

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Abdulaziz investigates the formation and mitigation of tight water/oil emulsions in the petrochemical industry. In particular, he is developing new materials and processes with sustainability in mind. Expected PhD graduation: 2021. LinkedIn profile.

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Alumni Group Members

Dr Levente Cseri

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Levente worked on advanced materials and ion-exchange membranes for various seprations, in particular electrodialysis to tackle the 21st century’s engineering grand challenge of clean water. His research is carried out in close collaboration with Professor Peter Budd from The University of Manchester, and Professor Linda Zou from Masdar Institute. Levente graduated with a PhD from Manchester in 2021. LinkedIn and GoogleScholar profiles.

Publications:

  • L. Cseri, M. Razali, G. Szekely, Organic Solvents in Sustainable Synthesis and Engineering in the book entitled Green Chemistry published by Elsevier, 2017

 

Dr Hai Anh Le Phuong

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Hai Anh explored innovative membrane-based approaches for separations utilising green chemistry and engineering. Her project is carried out in a close collaboration with Dr Christopher Blanford from the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. Hai Anh graduated with a PhD from Manchester in 2021. LinkedIn profile.

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Dr Fuat Topuz

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Fuat joined the group as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2019-2021) at KAUST. He obtained his PhD from RWTH Aachen after which he was a postdoc UNAM-National Nanotechnology Research Center of Turkey. Fuat focuses on the engineering of functional nanomaterials for environmental applications and separations in organic media. Follow his website for more detailed information. Google Scholar profile.

 

Dr Sang-Hee Park

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Sang-Hee joined the group as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2019-2020) in KAUST moving from the Sustainable & Environmental Materials Laboratory at Korea University. He worked on thin film composite (TFC) membranes for organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN). His research focused on exploring the structure-performance-property correlation via fine-turning the membrane structures and their intrinsic properties. Currently he is an assistant professor at Korea University. GoogleScholar profile.

 

Virag Voros

Virag Voros

Virag spent her Erasmus scholarship in the group at Manchester in 2018 and visited KAUST in 2019. His research focused on modelling of hybrid processes for nanofiltration-enabled waste utilization. LinkedIn profile.

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Christopher Wagstaff

Chris Wagstaff

Chris Wagstaff joined the group after completing a Master’s thesis at Imperial College London on a thin-film-composite (TFC) membrane tested for chiral separations in organic solvents. He continued his interest with polymer membranes for organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN) by investigating novel modifications to polybenzimidazole (PBI) membranes. LinkedIn profile. Chris spent 9 months in the group at KAUST in 2019.

 

Dr Fan Fei

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Fan developed graphene-based membranes for molecular level separations in organic media. He was mainly based in the School of Materials, and he investigated new techniques to characterise graphene oxide membranes. His project was carried out in close cooperation with Dr Christopher Blanford from the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. Fan graduated with a PhD from Manchester in 2019. LinkedIn and GoogleScholar profiles.

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Gergo Ignacz

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Gergo developed robust polymers and polymer blends for organic solvent nanofiltration. He focused on polymers of intrinsic microporosity and polybenzimidazole. He graduated with an MRes from Manchester in 2018. LinkedIn and GoogleScholar profiles.

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Jiaru Bai

Jiaru Bai

Jiaru worked on the fabrication of defect-free mixed matrix membranes using metal organic frameworks. His project focused on UiO-66 and Basolite F300, their functionalisation, and preparation of solvent-resistant nanofiltration membranes. He graduated with a BEng from Manchester in 2018. LinkedIn profile.

 

Dr Christos Didaskalou

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Christos worked in the group toward his PhD between 2014 and 2017. His research focused on the development of sustainable separation processes using advanced materials. Christos developed membranes for organic solvent nanofiltration and imprinted polymers for scavenging natural products. He graduated with a PhD from Manchester in 2017.

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Mayamin Razali

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Mayamin worked in the group in Manchester between 2015 and 2017. Her research focused on sustainable wastewater treatment for the membrane manufacturing industry, long-term stability of molecularly imprinted polymers and revealing the effect of solvent treatment on membrane separation. LinkedIn profile.

Publications:

  • L. Cseri, M. Razali, G. Szekely, Organic Solvents in Sustainable Synthesis and Engineering in the book entitled Green Chemistry published by Elsevier, 2017

 

Dr Tamas Fodi

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Tamas spent his Campus Mundi PhD secondment in the group in Manchester in 2017. His research focused on heterogeneous catalysis in flow reactors with integrated membrane-based separation. LinkedIn profile.

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