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My research focuses on Organic/Inorganic Membrane Science and Technology and Sustainable Reaction and Separation Processes. My research activities are mainly aimed at developing new strategies for the design and synthesis of functional materials from molecular building blocks and advancing the understanding of the structure-property relationship of materials. I focus on the rational design, characterisation and testing of smart polymer and engineered microporous nanomaterials as a platform for addressing environmental, water and energy sustainability (via, for instance, new approaches to CO2 capture, separation and conversion as well as waste-water treatment and liquid (solvent) separations).

I use molecular chemistry and crystal engineering to tune nanomaterials at different length scales from molecular to meso- and macro-scopic levels, this involves preparation of nanomaterials by optimisation of synthesis parameters and surface functionalisation, synthesis of hierarchical microporous structures and controlling crystal morphologies with extreme aspect.

I have a broad but specific interest in macromolecular chemistry and materials science and engineering in relation to membrane preparation, characterization and application. My research interests include:

- Multifunctional microporous nanomaterials (MOFs, COFs etc.), MMMs and thin-film nanocomposite membranes

- Polymeric and inorganic membranes (novel methods for preparing membranes)

- Low and high-pressure gas and vapour separation (including toxic gases e.g. CO and NH3)

- Water treatment and organic solvent nanofiltration using smart responsive membranes

- Smart Membrane Bioreactors

- Water reclamation and nutrient recovery from waste-water treatment  

- Surface functionalised and pattern enabled membrane antifouling strategies

- Development of new equipment for high-throughput synthesis, characterisation and screening of membranes

I also have good links with a number of Universities around the world, including: The University of Twente (The Netherlands), Imperial College London (UK) and University of Leuven (Belgium) and University of Montpellier (France).

Willing to supervise PhD

- Multifunctional microporous nanomaterials (MOFs, COFs etc.), MMMs and thin-film nanocomposite membranes

- Low and high-pressure gas and vapour separation (including toxic gases e.g. CO and NH3)

- Water treatment (UF, NF and RO membranes) and organic solvent nanofiltration

- Smart responsive membranes and membrane bio-reactors

- Water reclamation and nutrient recovery from waste-water treatment  

- Surface functionalised and pattern enabled membrane antifouling strategies

 - Photocatalysis

 

The successful applicant will also be a part of the University of Bath’s Centre for Advanced Separations Engineering (https://www.bath.ac.uk/research-centres/centre-for-advanced-separations-engineering-case/), which has the largest number of academics in the UK focussed on Separation Science and Engineering. The Centre creates a stimulating, friendly and positive working environment where you can work with colleagues with complementary expertise. The project can also involve European research collaboration and a chance for the candidate to benefit from international research exchange programs

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Optimisation of Cu+ impregnation of MOF-74 to improve CO/N2 and CO/CO2 separations

Evans, A., Cummings, M., Decarolis, D., Gianolio, D., Shahid, S., Law, G., Attfield, M., Law, D. & Petit, C., 2020, In : RSC Advances. 10, 9, p. 5152-5162 11 p.

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    The role of ortho-, meta- and para-substitutions in the main-chain structure of poly(etherimide)s and the effects on CO2/CH4 gas separation performance

    Madzarevic, Z. P., Shahid, S., Nijmeijer, K. & Dingemans, T. J., 8 Feb 2019, In : Separation and Purification Technology. 210, p. 242-250 9 p.

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    Effect of polyacid dopants on the performance of polyaniline membranes in organic solvent nanofiltration

    Shen, J., Shahid, S., Sarihan, A., Patterson, D. A. & Emanuelsson, E. A. C., 2 Oct 2018, In : Separation and Purification Technology. 204, p. 336-344 9 p.

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