Chemical and Biochemical EngineeringWestern Engineering


Advanced membranes for water purification and recycling

This project aims at developing composite and surface functionalized membranes using nanoparticles and platelets. The new membranes will be tested in different membrane reactors for optimization of its performance in removing micropollutants from waste streams.

Hybrid membrane systems for treatment of industrial wastewater

The objective of this project is developing hybrid membrane separation for treatment and reuse of industrial wastewater with focus on recovering value added materials and recycle water to improve process profitability. Novel membrane cleaning approaches based on standing vortices will be investigated to minimize fouling and increase flux to achieve near membrane self-cleaning conditions.

Novel membrane reactor for preparation of microemulsions

This project aims at developing new generation of emulsification techniques for the production of micro- and nanoemulsions with tailored properties for applications such as photocatalysis, drug delivery, and green products. This involves investigation of the effect of the latter on emulsification using different materials It also involves theoretical analysis for prediction of emulsion characteristics using CFD techniques.

Intensification of membrane separation using flow modulation

Membrane separation is being used increasingly in many application including both gas and liquid phase separations. Flux decline due to fouling and concentration polarization is the main limitation of the technique. The objective of this research is to investigate surface geometry modification and generation of secondary flows as a method to overcome the above problem and to achieve a "self cleaning" system.