Group members

Robert McNair

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

Hai Anh Le Phuong

HALP

Hai Anh explores innovative membrane-based approaches for chiral separations utilising enzymes. Her project is carried out in a close collaboration with Dr Christopher Blanford from the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. Expected PhD graduation: 2020. LinkedIn profile.

Publications:

  1. H. A. Le Phuong, L. Cseri, G.F.S. Whitehead, A. Garforth, P. Budd, G. Szekely, Environmentally benign and diastereoselective synthesis of 2,4,5-trisubstituted-2-imidazolines, RSC Advances, 2017, 7, 53278. – IF: 3.1

Levente Cseri

LC

Levente works on ion-exchanges membranes for 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. Expected PhD graduation: 2020. LinkedIn profile.

Publications:

  1. L. Cseri, J. Baugh, A. Alabi, A. AlHajaj, L. Zou, R. Dryfe, P.M. Budd, G. Szekely, Graphene oxide – polybenzimidazolium nanocomposite anion exchange membranes for electrodialysisJournal of Materials Chemistry A, 2018, 6, 24728. – IF: 9.9
  2. C. Didaskalou, J. Kupai, L. Cseri, J. Barabas, E. Vass, T. Holtzl, G. Szekely, Membrane-grafted asymmetric organocatalyst for an integrated synthesis-separation platform, ACS Catalysis, 2018, 8, 7430. – IF: 11.4
  3. F. Fei, L. Cseri, G. Szekely, C.F. Blanford, Robust Covalently Crosslinked Polybenzimidazole/Graphene Oxide Membranes for High-Flux Organic Solvent NanofiltrationACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2018, 10(18), 16140. – IF: 7.5
  4. A. Alabi, A. AlHajaj, L. Cseri, G. Szekely, P. Budd, L. Zou, Review of nanomaterials-assisted ion exchange membranes for electromembrane desalination, Clean Water, 2018, 1, 10.
  5. L. Cseri, T. Fodi, J. Kupai, G.T. Balogh, A. Garforth, G. Szekely, Membrane-assisted catalysis in organic media, Advanced Materials Letters, 2017, 8(12), 1094. – IF: 1.5
  6. L. Cseri, M. Razali, G. Szekely, Organic Solvents in Sustainable Synthesis and Engineering in the book entitled Green Chemistry published by Elsevier, 2017
  7. H. A. Le Phuong, L. Cseri, G.F.S. Whitehead, A. Garforth, P. Budd, G. Szekely, Environmentally benign and diastereoselective synthesis of 2,4,5-trisubstituted-2-imidazolines, RSC Advances, 2017, 7, 53278. – IF: 3.1

Fan Fei

Fan Fei

Fan develops graphene-based membranes for molecular level separations in organic media. He is mainly based in the School of Materials, and he investigates new techniques to characterise graphene oxide membranes. His project is carried out in close cooperation with Dr Christopher Blanford from the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. Expected PhD graduation: 2018. LinkedIn profile.

Publications:

  1. G. Ignacz, F. Fei, G. Szekely, Ion-Stabilized Membranes for Demanding Environments Fabricated from Polybenzimidazole and its Blends with Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity, ACS Applied Nano Materials, 2018, in press
  2. F. Fei, L. Cseri, G. Szekely, C.F. Blanford, Robust Covalently Crosslinked Polybenzimidazole/Graphene Oxide Membranes for High-Flux Organic Solvent NanofiltrationACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2018, 10(18), 16140. – IF: 7.5

Gergo Ignacz

GI

Gergo is developing robust polymers and polymer blends for organic solvent nanofiltration. He is focusing on polymers of intrinsic microporosity and polybenzimidazole. MRes graduation: 2018. LinkedIn profile.

Publications:

  1. G. Ignacz, F. Fei, G. Szekely, Ion-Stabilized Membranes for Demanding Environments Fabricated from Polybenzimidazole and its Blends with Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity, ACS Applied Nano Materials, 2018, in press

 

Abdulaziz Alammar

aa

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 MRes graduation: 2018. LinkedIn profile.

Jiaru Bai

Jiaru Bai

Jiaru works on the fabrication of defect-free mixed matrix membranes using metal organic frameworks. His project focuses on UiO-66 and Basolite F300, their functionalisation, and preparation of solvent-resistant nanofiltration membranes. Expected BEng graduation: 2018. LinkedIn profile.

Christos Didaskalou

Christos

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. PhD graduation: 2017.

Publications:

  1. C. Didaskalou, J. Kupai, L. Cseri, J. Barabas, E. Vass, T. Holtzl, G. Szekely, Membrane-grafted asymmetric organocatalyst for an integrated synthesis-separation platform, ACS Catalysis, 2018, 8, 7430. – IF: 11.4
  2. C. Didaskalou, S. Buyuktiryaki, R. Kecili, C.P. Fonte, G. Szekely, Valorisation of agricultural waste with adsorption/nanofiltration hybrid process: from materials to sustainable process design, Green Chemistry, 2017, 19, 3116. – IF: 9.1
  3. T. Fodi, C. Didaskalou, J. Kupai, G.T. Balogh, P. Huszthy, G. Szekely, Nanofiltration‐enabled in situ solvent and reagent recycle for sustainable continuous‐flow synthesis, ChemSusChem, 2017, 10, 3435. – IF: 7.2
  4. M. Razali, C. Didaskalou, J.F. Kim, M. Babaei, E. Drioli, Y.M. Lee, G. Szekely, Exploring and Exploiting the Effect of Solvent Treatment in Membrane Separations, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2017, 9(12), 11279. – IF: 7.1
  5. M. Schaepertoens, C. Didaskalou, A.G. Livingston, G. Szekely, Solvent recycle with imperfect membranes: A semi-continuous workaround for diafiltration, Journal of Membrane Science, 2016, 514, 646. – IF: 5.6
  6. G. Szekely, Didaskalou, Biomimics of metalloenzymes via imprinting chapter in the book entitled Molecularly Imprinted Catalysts: Synthesis and Applications published by Elsevier, 2015

Mayamin Razali

MR

Mayamin worked in the group 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:

  1. L. Cseri, M. Razali, G. Szekely, Organic Solvents in Sustainable Synthesis and Engineering in the book entitled Green Chemistry published by Elsevier, 2017
  2. M. Razali, C. Didaskalou, J.F. Kim, M. Babaei, E. Drioli, Y.M. Lee, G. Szekely, Exploring and Exploiting the Effect of Solvent Treatment in Membrane Separations, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2017, 9(12), 11279. – IF: 7.1
  3. J. Kupai, M. Razali, S. Buyuktiryaki, R. Kecili, G. Szekely, Long-term stability and reusability of molecularly imprinted polymers, Polymer Chemistry, 2017, 8, 666. (selected for front cover) – IF: 5.7
  4. P. Pogany, M. Razali, G. Szekely, Experimental and theoretical investigation of the complexation of methacrylic acid and diisopropyl urea, Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 2017, 170, 69. – IF: 2.7
  5. M. Razali, J.F. Kim, M. Attfield, P. Budd, E. Drioli, Y.M. Lee, G. Szekely, Sustainable wastewater treatment and recycling in membrane manufacturing, Green Chemistry, 2015, 17, 5196. – IF: 9.1

Tamas Fodi

FodiT

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

Publications:

  1. T. Fodi, C. Didaskalou, J. Kupai, G.T. Balogh, P. Huszthy, G. Szekely, Nanofiltration‐enabled in situ solvent and reagent recycle for sustainable continuous‐flow synthesis, ChemSusChem, 2017, 10, 3435. – IF: 7.2