Professor Nidal Hilal

Professor Nidal Hilal

Nidal Hilal

 

Professor, College of Engineering

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Editor-in-Chief, Desalination 

(The International Journal on the Science and Technology of Desalting and Water Purification)

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Membrane Fabrication 1Membrane Modification

 

Overview

Specialist Subjects:

  • Water Treatment
  • Desalination
  • Membrane Technology
  • Engineering Applications of Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Fluidisation Engineering

DSc Eng, PhD, MSc, PGCAP, BEng, Euro Ing, CEng, FIChemE, FLSW

Director of the Centre for Water Advanced Technologies and Environmental Research (CWATER)

 

 Atomic ForceBoron Separation‌‌‌

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Research

Research interests lie broadly in the identification of innovative and cost-effective solutions to real world process engineering problems within the fields of water treatment, membrane technology and the engineering applications of atomic force microscopy.

Developed a highly successful research portfolio pursuing high quality curiosity-driven and strategically significant research. Established a very wide range of international research collaborations.

Current research areas:

  • Water treatment
  • Desalination
  • Novel membrane separation processes
  • Membrane nanotechnology
  • Application of atomic force microscopy (AFM) to chemical and process engineering

Internationally recognised as a world-leader in developing and applying the force measurement capability of AFM to the study of membrane surfaces.
 
Research has produced several breakthrough innovations, including:

  • Development of novel membranes
  • Smallest AFM colloid probe reported in the literature
  • First AFM coated colloid probe technique
  • First AFM cell probe technique
  • First direct measurements of the interaction of single live cells with surfaces
  • First use of the atomic force microscope in meso-scale cavitation studies

All these techniques/technologies have widespread applications in process optimisation and the development of novel processes.
 
Highly active in finding multidisciplinary, collaborative applications of atomic force microscopy and process engineering. For example, current projects range from rheology of colloidal suspensions and superspreading with nano-scale interactions to fabrication of re-usable materials based on mineral particulates. This approach has been highly successful in attracting both significant funding from EPSRC and industrial interest.

Selected publications

  • Nawaf Bin Darwish, Victor Kochkodan, Nidal Hilal, Boron removal from water with fractionized Amberlite IRA743 resin, Desalination, 2015, 370, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2015.05.009]
  • Azza A Alcheikhhamdon, Naif A. Darwish, Nidal Hilal, The use of factorial design in the analysis of air-gap membrane distillation data., Desalination, 2015, 367, [ISSN:0011-9164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2015.03.014]
  • Friha, Mohamed Bradai, Nidal Hilal, Daniel Johnson, Slim Loukil, Fatma Ben Amor, Firas Feki, Junkuy Han, Hiroko Isoda, Sami Sayadi, Treatment of textile wastewater by submerged membrane bioreactor: In vitro bioassays for the assessment of stress response elicited by raw and reclaimed wastewater, Journal of Environmental Management, 2015, [DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.06.008]
  • P. S. Goh, F. A. Ismail, Nidal Hilal, Nano-enabled membranes technology: Sustainable and revolutionary solutions for membrane desalination?, Desalination, 2015, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2015.06.002]
  • M. Misdan, A. F. Ismail, Nidal Hilal, Recent advances in the development of (bio)fouling resistant thin film composite membranes for desalination, Desalination, 2015, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2015.06.001]
  • Daniel Johnson, Francesco Galiano, Shamim Ahmed Deowan, Jan Hoinkis, Alberto Figoli, Nidal Hilal, Adhesion Forces Between Humic Acid Functionalized Colloidal Probes and Polymer Membranes to Assess Fouling Potential, Journal of Membrane Science, 2015, 484, [ISSN:0376-7388], [DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2015.03.018]
  • Papatya Kaner, Daniel J. Johnson, Erol , Nidal Hilal, Sacide A., Layer-by-layer surface modification of poly(ether sulfone) membranes using polyelectrolytes and AgCl/TiO2 xerogels, Journal of Membrane Science, 2015, [DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2015.05.048]
  • Mahendra Paipuri, Soo Hyeong Kim, Oubay Hassan, Nidal Hilal, Ken Morgan, Numerical modelling of concentration polarisation and cake formation in membrane filtration processes, Desalination, 2015, 365, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2015.02.022]
  • Wei Lun Ang, Abdul Wahab Mohammad, Nidal Hilal, Choe Peng Leo, A review on the applicability of integrated/hybrid membrane processes in water treatment and desalination plants, Desalination, 2015, 363, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2014.03.008]
  • Francesco Galiano, Alberto Figoli, Shamim Ahmed Deowan, Daniel Johnson, Sacide Alsoy Altinkaya, Lucia Veltri, Giorgio De Luca, Raffaella Mancuso, Nidal Hilal, Bartolo Gabriele, Jan Hoinkis, A step forward to a more efficient wastewater treatment by membrane surface modification via polymerizable bicontinuous microemulsion, Journal of Membrane Science, 2015, 482, [ISSN:03767388], [DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2015.02.019]
  • Azza A. Alcheikhhamdon, Naif A. Darwish, Nidal Hilal, Statistical analysis of air-gap membrane desalination experimental data: Hypothesis testing, Desalination, 2015, 362, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2015.02.003]
  • Ali Altaee, Nidal Hilal, Dual stage PRO power generation from brackish water brine and wastewater effluent feeds, Desalination, 2015, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2015.03.033]
  • Boor Singh Lalia, Farah Ejaz Ahmed, Tushar Shah, Nidal Hilal, Raed Hashaikeh, Electrically conductive membranes based on carbon nanostructures for self-cleaning of biofouling, Desalination, 2015, 360, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2015.01.006]
  • Nidal Hilal, Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, Chris Wright, Membrane fabrication, 2015, [ISBN:9781482210453]
  • Nidal Hilal, V. Kochkodan, Development of low fouling composite membranes for water treatment, Boron Separation Processes, 2015, [ISBN:9780444634542]
  • Victor Kochkodan, Nawaf Bin Darwish, Nidal Hilal, The chemistry of boron in water, Boron Separation Processes, 2015, [ISBN:9780444634542]
  • N.A.M. Nazri, W.J. Lau, A.F. Ismail, T. Matsuura, D. Veerasamy, N. Hilal, Performance of PAN-based membranes with graft copolymers bearing hydrophilic PVA and PAN segments in direct ultrafiltration of natural rubber effluent, Desalination, 2015, 358, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2014.12.012]
  • W. J. Lau, A. F. Ismail, P. S. Goh, N. Hilal, B. S. Ooi, Characterization Methods of Thin Film Composite Nanofiltration Membranes, Separation & Purification Reviews, 2015, 44, 2, [ISSN:1542-2119], [DOI: 10.1080/15422119.2014.882355]
  • Nalan Kabay, Marek Bryjak, Nidal Hilal, Boron separation processes, 2015, [ISBN:9780444634542]
  • Yang Zhao, Fang Yuan, Xie Quan, Hongtao Yu, Shuo Chen, Huimin Zhao, Zhaoyang Liu, Nidal Hilal, An electrochemical sensor for selective determination of sulfamethoxazole in surface water using a molecularly imprinted polymer modified BDD electrode, Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, [ISSN:1759-9660], [DOI: 10.1039/C4AY03055A]
  • A.W. Mohammad, Y.H. Teow, W.L. Ang, Y.T. Chung, D.L. Oatley-Radcliffe, N. Hilal, Nanofiltration membranes review: Recent advances and future prospects, Desalination, 2015, 356, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2014.10.043]
  • Daniel Johnson, Nidal Hilal, Characterisation and quantification of membrane surface properties using atomic force microscopy: A comprehensive review, Desalination, 2015, 356, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2014.08.019]
  • Victor Kochkodan, Nidal Hilal, A comprehensive review on surface modified polymer membranes for biofouling mitigation, Desalination, 2015, 356, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2014.09.015]
  • Ali Altaee, Nidal Hilal, Design optimization of high performance dual stage pressure retarded osmosis, Desalination, 2015, 355, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2014.11.002]
  • Wei Lun Ang, Abdul Wahab Mohammad, Nidal Hilal, Choe Peng Leo, A review on the applicability of integrated/hybrid membrane processes in water treatment and desalination plants, Desalination, 2015, 363, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2014.03.008]
  • A.Y. Zahrim, A. Nasimah, N. Hilal, Pollutants analysis during conventional palm oil mill effluent (POME) ponding system and decolourisation of anaerobically treated POME via calcium lactate-polyacrylamide, Journal of Water Process Engineering, 2014, 4, [ISSN:22147144], [DOI: 10.1016/j.jwpe.2014.09.005]
  • Raed Hashaikeh, Boor Singh Lalia, Victor Kochkodan, Nidal Hilal, A novel in situ membrane cleaning method using periodic electrolysis, Journal of Membrane Science, 2014, 471, [ISSN:03767388], [DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2014.08.017]
  • Ali Altaee, Adel Sharif, Guillermo Zaragoza, Nidal Hilal, Dual stage PRO process for power generation from different feed resources, Desalination, 2014, 352, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2014.08.017]
  • Ali Altaee, Nidal Hilal, Dual-stage forward osmosis/pressure retarded osmosis process for hypersaline solutions and fracking wastewater treatment, Desalination, 2014, 350, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2014.07.013]
  • D. Emadzadeh, W.J. Lau, T. Matsuura, N. Hilal, A.F. Ismail, The potential of thin film nanocomposite membrane in reducing organic fouling in forward osmosis process, Desalination, 2014, 348, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2014.06.008]
  • Indok Nurul Hasyimah Mohd Amin, Abdul Wahab Mohammad, Nidal Hilal, Description of membrane fouling characteristics during ultrafiltration of organic foulants contained in sweetwater solutions, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 2014, 2, 3, [ISSN:22133437], [DOI: 10.1016/j.jece.2014.05.015]
  • Raed Hashaikeh, Boor Laila, Nidal Hilal, NOVEL IN-SITU MEMBRANE CLEANING USING PERIODIC ELECTROLYSIS, 2014
  • Faisal A. AlMarzooqi, Amal A. Al Ghaferi, Irfan Saadat, Nidal Hilal, Application of Capacitive Deionisation in water desalination: A review, Desalination, 2014, 342, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2014.02.031]
  • S.A. Hashemifard, A.F. Ismail, T. Matsuura, N. Hilal, Predicting the structural parameters of integrally skinned porous membranes, Journal of Membrane Science, 2014, 454, [DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2013.11.041]
  • Nor Faizah Razali, Abdul Wahab Mohammad, Nidal Hilal, Effects of polyaniline nanoparticles in polyethersulfone ultrafiltration membranes: Fouling behaviours by different types of foulant, Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 2014, 20, 5, [DOI: 10.1016/j.jiec.2013.11.056]
  • Victor Kochkodan, Daniel J. Johnson, Nidal Hilal, Polymeric membranes: Surface modification for minimizing (bio)colloidal fouling, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 2014, 206, [DOI: 10.1016/j.cis.2013.05.005]
  • M. W Hakami, C Tizaoui, V Kochkodan, N Hilal, Effect of Hydrodynamic Operations, Salinity, and Heavy Metals on HA Removal by Microfiltration Ceramic Tubular Membrane, Separation Science and Technology, 2013, 48, 4, [ISSN:0149-63951520-5754], [DOI: 10.1080/01496395.2012.710701]
  • Abdullah Alkhudhiri, Naif Darwish, Nidal Hilal, Produced water treatment: Application of Air Gap Membrane Distillation, Desalination, 2013, 309, pp.46, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2012.09.017]
  • A. Y Zahrim, N Hilal, C Tizaoui, Tubular nanofiltration of highly concentrated C.I. Acid Black 210 dye, Water Science & Technology, 2013, 67, 4, pp.901, [ISSN:0273-1223], [DOI: 10.2166/wst.2012.638]
  • Ali Farhat, Farrukh Ahmad, Nidal Hilal, Hassan A Arafat, Boron removal in new generation reverse osmosis (RO) membranes using two-pass RO without pH adjustment, Desalination, 2013, 310, pp.50, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2012.10.003]
  • Nor Faizah Razali, Abdul Wahab Mohammad, Nidal Hilal, Choe Peng Leo, Javed Alam, Optimisation of polyethersulfone/polyaniline blended membranes using response surface methodology approach, Desalination, 2013, 311, pp.182, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2012.11.033]
  • Salem Alzahrani, A.W Mohammad, N Hilal, Pauzi Abdullah, Othman Jaafar, Comparative study of NF and RO membranes in the treatment of produced water II: Toxicity removal efficiency, Desalination, 2013, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2012.12.014]
  • Elena Guillen-Burrieza, Rinku Thomas, Bilal Mansoor, Daniel Johnson, Nidal Hilal, Hassan Arafat, Effect of dry-out on the fouling of PVDF and PTFE membranes under conditions simulating intermittent seawater membrane distillation (SWMD), Journal of Membrane Science, 2013, 438, [ISSN:03767388], [DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2013.03.014]
  • M.N. Abu Seman, Nidal Hilal, M Khayet, UV-photografting modification of NF membrane surface for NOM wfouling reduction, Desalination and Water Treatment, 2013, [ISSN:1944-39941944-3986], [DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2013.774113]
  • Victor Kochkodan, Daniel J Johnson, Nidal Hilal, Polymeric membranes: Surface modification for minimizing (bio)colloidal fouling, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 2013, [ISSN:00018686], [DOI: 10.1016/j.cis.2013.05.005]
  • Hasan Al Abdulgader, Victor Kochkodan, Nidal Hilal, Hybrid ion exchange - pressure driven membrane processes in water treatment: A review, Separation and Purification Technology, 2013, [ISSN:13835866], [DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2013.05.052]
  • Boor Singh Lalia, Victor Kochkodan, Raed Hashaikeh, Nidal Hilal, A review on membrane fabrication: Structure, properties and performance relationship, Desalination, 2013, 326, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2013.06.016]
  • Salem Alzahrani, Abdul Wahab Mohammad, Nidal Hilal, Pauzi Abdullah, Othman Jaafar, Identification of foulants, fouling mechanisms and cleaning efficiency for NF and RO treatment of produced water, Separation and Purification Technology, 2013, 118, [ISSN:13835866], [DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2013.07.016]
  • Sugihhartati Rachmawati, Chedly Tizaoui, Nidal Hilal, Manganese Coated Sand for Copper (II) Removal from Water in Batch Mode, Water, 2013, 5, 4, [ISSN:2073-4441], [DOI: 10.3390/w5041487]
  • Boor Singh Lalia, Victor Kochkodan, Raed Hashaikeh, Nidal Hilal, A review on membrane fabrication: Structure, properties and performance relationship, Desalination, 2013, 326, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2013.06.016]
  • Salem Alzahrani, Abdul Wahab Mohammad, Nidal Hilal, Pauzi Abdullah, Othman Jaafar, Identification of foulants, fouling mechanisms and cleaning efficiency for NF and RO treatment of produced water, Separation and Purification Technology, 2013, 118, [DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2013.07.016]
  • Abdullah Alkhudhiri, Naif Darwish, Nidal Hilal, Treatment of saline solutions using Air Gap Membrane Distillation: Experimental study, Desalination, 2013, 323, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2012.09.010]
  • M.N. Abu Seman, Nidal Hilal, M. Khayet, UV-photografting modification of NF membrane surface for NOM wfouling reduction, Desalination and Water Treatment, 2013, 51, 25-27, [ISSN:1944-3986], [DOI: 10.1080/19443994.2013.774113]
  • Elena Guillen-Burrieza, Rinku Thomas, Bilal Mansoor, Daniel Johnson, Nidal Hilal, Hassan Arafat, Effect of dry-out on the fouling of PVDF and PTFE membranes under conditions simulating intermittent seawater membrane distillation (SWMD), Journal of Membrane Science, 2013, 438, [DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2013.03.014]
  • Salem Alzahrani, A.W. Mohammad, N. Hilal, Pauzi Abdullah, Othman Jaafar, Comparative study of NF and RO membranes in the treatment of produced water II: Toxicity removal efficiency, Desalination, 2013, 315, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2012.12.014]
  • B.A.M. Al-Rashdi, D.J. Johnson, N. Hilal, Removal of heavy metal ions by nanofiltration, Desalination, 2013, 315, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2012.05.022]
  • A. Y. Zahrim, N. Hilal, C. Tizaoui, Tubular nanofiltration of highly concentrated C.I. Acid Black 210 dye, Water Science & Technology, 2013, 67, 4, [DOI: 10.2166/wst.2012.638]
  • Nor Faizah Razali, Abdul Wahab Mohammad, Nidal Hilal, Choe Peng Leo, Javed Alam, Optimisation of polyethersulfone/polyaniline blended membranes using response surface methodology approach, Desalination, 2013, 311, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2012.11.033]
  • Ali Farhat, Farrukh Ahmad, Nidal Hilal, Hassan A. Arafat, Boron removal in new generation reverse osmosis (RO) membranes using two-pass RO without pH adjustment, Desalination, 2013, 310, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2012.10.003]
  • Abdullah Alkhudhiri, Naif Darwish, Nidal Hilal, Produced water treatment: Application of Air Gap Membrane Distillation, Desalination, 2013, 309, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2012.09.017]
  • Law Yong Ng, Abdul Wahab Mohammad, Choe Peng Leo, Nidal Hilal, Polymeric membranes incorporated with metal/metal oxide nanoparticles: A comprehensive review, Desalination, 2013, 308, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2010.11.033]
  • Nidal Hilal, Membrane Modification: Technology and Applications, 2012. Publisher: CRC Press. ISBN-13: 978-1439866351, 2013, [DOI: 978-1439866351]
  • Boor Singh Lalia, Victor Kochkodan, Raed Hashaikeh, Nidal Hilal, A review on membrane fabrication: Structure, properties and performance relationship, Desalination, 2013, 326, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2013.06.016]
  • Salem Alzahrani, Abdul Wahab Mohammad, Nidal Hilal, Pauzi Abdullah, Othman Jaafar, Identification of foulants, fouling mechanisms and cleaning efficiency for NF and RO treatment of produced water, Separation and Purification Technology, 2013, 118, [DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2013.07.016]
  • Nidal Hilal, Comparison of two different UV-grafted nanofiltration membranes prepared for reduction of humic acid fouling using acrylic acid and N-vinylpyrrolidone, Desalination, 2012, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2010.10.031]
  • Nidal Hilal, Membrane distillation: A comprehensive review, Desalination, 2012, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2011.08.027]
  • Nidal Hilal, Treatment of high salinity solutions: Application of air gap membrane distillation, Desalination, 2012, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2011.08.056]
  • Badriya Al-Rashdi, Chedly Tizaoui, Nidal Hilal, Copper removal from aqueous solutions using nano-scale diboron trioxide/titanium dioxide (B2O3/TiO2) adsorbent, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2012, 183, [DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2011.12.082]
  • Shama .A. Al Malek, Mazrul N. Abu Seman, Daniel J. Johnson, Nidal Hilal, Formation and characterization of polyethersulfone membranes using different concentrations of polyvinylpyrrolidone, Desalination, 2012, 288, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2011.12.006]
  • Daniel J. Johnson, Shama A. Al Malek, Badrya A. M. Al-Rashdi, Nidal Hilal, Atomic force microscopy of nanofiltration membranes: Effect of imaging mode and environment, Journal of Membrane Science, 2012, 389, [DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2011.11.023]
  • A. A. Abuhabib, A. W. Mohammad, N. Hilal, R. A. Rahman, A. H. Shafie, Nanofiltration membrane modification by UV grafting for salt rejection and fouling resistance improvement for brackish water desalination, Desalination, 2012, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2012.03.020]
  • B. M. A. Al-Rashdi, D. J. Johnson, N. Hilal, Removal of heavy metal ions by nanofiltration, Desalination, 2012, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2012.05.022]
  • Chedly Tizaoui, Nidal Hilal, Sugihhartati Dj Rachmawati, The removal of copper in water using manganese activated saturated and unsaturated sand filters, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2012, [DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2012.08.013]
  • Abdullah Alkhudhiri, Naif Darwish, Nidal Hilal, Treatment of saline solutions using Air Gap Membrane Distillation: Experimental study, Desalination, 2012, [ISSN:00119164], [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2012.09.010]
  • Nidal Hilal, Modelling and optimization of coagulation of highly concentrated industrial grade leather dye by response surface methodology, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2011, [DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2010.11.108]
  • Nidal Hilal, Degradation of the antimicrobial triclocarban (TCC) with ozone, Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification, 2011, [DOI: 10.1016/j.cep.2011.03.007]
  • Nidal Hilal, Foreword, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 2011, [DOI: 10.1016/j.cis.2011.02.009]
  • Nidal Hilal, Boron removal from saline water: A comprehensive review, Desalination, 2011, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2010.05.012]
  • Nidal Hilal, Coagulation with polymers for nanofiltration pre-treatment of highly concentrated dyes: A review, Desalination, 2011, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2010.08.012]
  • Nidal Hilal, Development of antifouling properties and performance of nanofiltration membranes modified by interfacial polymerisation, Desalination, 2011, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2010.09.038]
  • Nidal Hilal, The express monitoring of organic pollutants in water with composite imprinted membranes, Journal of Membrane Science, 2011, [DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2011.04.033]
  • Nidal Hilal, Removal of Highly Concentrated Industrial Grade Leather Dye: Study on Several Flocculation and Sand Filtration Parameters, Separation Science and Technology, 2011, [DOI: 10.1080/01496395.2010.550596]
  • Nidal Hilal, Heavy Metals Removal Using Adsorption and Nanofiltration Techniques, Separation & Purification Reviews, 2011, [DOI: 10.1080/15422119.2011.558165]
  • Nidal Hilal, Critical wetting concentrations of trisiloxane surfactants, Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 2010, [DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2009.07.030]
  • Nidal Hilal, Humic substance coagulation: Artificial neural network simulation, Desalination, 2010, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2009.11.014]
  • Nidal Hilal, Editorial, Desalination, 2010, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2009.11.015]
  • Nidal Hilal, Combined humic substance and heavy metals coagulation, and membrane filtration under saline conditions, Desalination, 2010, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2009.11.037]
  • Nidal Hilal, Optimization of solar-powered reverse osmosis desalination pilot plant using response surface methodology, Desalination, 2010, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2010.04.010]
  • Nidal Hilal, Analysis of deposition mechanism during ultrafiltration of glycerin-rich solutions, Desalination, 2010, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2010.04.016]
  • Nidal Hilal, Polymeric membranes incorporated with metal/metal oxide nanoparticles: A comprehensive review, Desalination, 2010, [DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2010.11.033]
  • Nidal Hilal, Evaluation of several commercial synthetic polymers as flocculant aids for removal of highly concentrated C.I. Acid Black 210 dye, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2010, [DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2010.06.077]
  • Nidal Hilal, Nanofiltration thin-film composite polyester polyethersulfone-based membranes prepared by interfacial polymerization, Journal of Membrane Science, 2010, [DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2009.10.047]
  • Nidal Hilal, Response surface modeling and optimization of composite nanofiltration modified membranes, Journal of Membrane Science, 2010, [DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2009.11.031]
  • Nidal Hilal, Flux decline study during ultrafiltration of glycerin-rich fatty acid solutions, Journal of Membrane Science, 2010, [DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2010.01.033]
  • Nidal Hilal, Reduction of nanofiltration membrane fouling by UV-initiated graft polymerization technique, Journal of Membrane Science, 2010, [DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2010.03.014]
  • Victor Kochkodan, Nidal Hilal, Volodimir Melnik, Olga Kochkodan, Olexandr Vasilenko, Selective recognition of organic pollutants in aqueous solutions with composite imprinted membranes, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 2010, 159, 2, [ISSN:00018686], [DOI: 10.1016/j.cis.2010.06.006]
  • Nidal Hilal, Spreading of Aqueous Solutions of Trisiloxanes and Conventional Surfactants over PTFE AF Coated Silicone Wafers, Langmuir, 2009, [DOI: 10.1021/la803679y]
  • Nidal Hilal, Operating Conditions Corresponding to Optimal Final Properties of Activated Sludge Using the DOE and RSM Techniques, Separation Science and Technology, 2009, [DOI: 10.1080/01496390902881303]
  • Nidal Hilal, Spreading behaviour of aqueous trisiloxane solutions over hydrophobic polymer substrates, Colloid Journal, 2009, [DOI: 10.1134/S1061933X09030156]
  • Nidal Hilal, Reversible coagulation of colloidal suspension in shallow potential wells: Direct numerical simulation, Colloid Journal, 2009, [DOI: 10.1134/S1061933X09040127]
  • Daniel Johnson, Nidal Hilal, Kristian Waters, Kathryn Hadler, Jan Cilliers, Measurements of Interactions between Particles and Charged Microbubbles Using a Combined Micro- and Macroscopic Strategy, Langmuir, 2009, 25, 9, [ISSN:1520-5827], [DOI: 10.1021/la8038297]
  • Nina Kovalchuk, Victor Starov, Paul Langston, Nidal Hilal, Formation of stable clusters in colloidal suspensions, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 2009, 147-148, [ISSN:00018686], [DOI: 10.1016/j.cis.2008.11.001]
  • Nidal Hilal, Atomic Force Microscopy in Process Engineering: An Introduction to AFM for Improved Processes and Products., 2009, [ISBN:978-1856175173]
  • Naif A. Darwish, Nidal Hilal, Sensitivity analysis and faults diagnosis using artificial neural networks in natural gas TEG-dehydration plants, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2008, 137, 2, [DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2007.04.008]
  • Nidal Hilal, Artificial neural network simulation of combined humic substance coagulation and membrane filtration, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2008, [DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2007.10.005]
  • K.S Lee, N Ivanova, V.M Starov, N Hilal, V Dutschk, Kinetics of wetting and spreading by aqueous surfactant solutions, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 2008, 144, 1-2, [ISSN:00018686], [DOI: 10.1016/j.cis.2008.08.005]
  • Nidal Hilal, Colloidal dynamics: Influence of diffusion, inertia and colloidal forces on cluster formation, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2008, [DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2008.06.017]
  • Nidal Hilal, A pilot-plant study of the adsorptive micellar flocculation process: Optimum design and operation, Separation and Purification Technology, 2008, [DOI: 10.1016/j.seppur.2007.08.013]
  • Nidal Hilal, Experimental Investigation on the Separation of Bentonite using Ceramic Membranes: Effect of Turbulence Promoters, Separation Science and Technology, 2008, [DOI: 10.1080/01496390701787438]
  • Nidal Hilal, Combined Humic Substance and Heavy Metals Agglomeration, and Membrane Filtration under Saline Conditions, Separation Science and Technology, 2008, [DOI: 10.1080/01496390801941091]
  • Nidal Hilal, Investigation of Kinetics and Mechanism Involved in the Biosorption of Heavy Metals on Activated Sludge, International Journal of Green Energy, 2008, [DOI: 10.1080/15435070802229068]

Teaching

Research theses supervised

PhD

  • 2014 - Development of a 3D parallel solution algorithm for filtration process (1st Supervisor: Professor Oubay Hassan)
  • 2013 - The electro spinning of novel membranes used in water treatment to minimise biofouling (1st Supervisor: Dr Christopher Wright)
  • 2012 - 'A Novel Hybrid Ion Exchange/Nanofiltration process for water desalination' (2nd Supervisor: Dr Darren Oatley-Radcliffe)
  • 2011 - 'Hybrid Ozone/Multi-Walled Carbon nanotubes Impregnated Poly (Vinylidene) Fluoride Membrane Systems For Enhanced Water Treatment' (1st Supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui)
  • 2011 - 'Understanding the role of charge and charge development in nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes' (1st Supervisor: Dr Darren Oatley-Radcliffe)
  • 2010 - 'Boron Removal from Saline Water' (2nd Supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui)
  • 2010 - Novel ozonation systemfor the removal of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs): pilot plant studies (1st Supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui)
  • 2009 - Development of integrated nanofiltration system for highly concentrated dye removal (2nd Supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui)
  • 2009 - ''Treatment of saline solutions using air gap membrane distillation (AGMD)'' (2nd Supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui)
  • 2009 - 'Removal of heavy metals from a concentrated aqueous solution: adsorption and nanofiltration techniques' (2nd Supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui)
  • 2009 - ''Synthesis and characterisation of polyethersulfone membrane using different additives.'' (2nd Supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui)
  • 2009 - 'HA removal and fouling using tubular ceramic MF membranes combined with coagulation' (1st Supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui)
  • 2009 - 'Activated unsaturated sand filter as an alternative technology to remove copper, manganese, zinc and nickel from waters' (1st Supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui)

MPhil

  • 2010 - Heterogeneous catalytic ozonation for the degradation of organic compounds (1st Supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui)

MSc

  • 2010 - Critical review on brine disposal from desalination plants

Additional information

Academic awards

  • Awarded the Doctor of Science Degree (DSc), University of Wales, 2005

In recognition of an outstanding research contribution in the field of Scanning Probe Microscopy and Membrane Science and Technology

  • Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE)
  • Prestigious Kuwait Prize of Applied Science for Water Resources Development, 2005

This is the first time that the award has been made to an academic in a UK university. The prize was awarded by the Emir of Kuwait and Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) recognising Prof Hilal’s world-leading reputation for research earned in the fields of membrane technology and water treatment. This prize is one of the highest scientific honours which are awarded in the Middle East for intellectual achievement.

 

Editorship committees

  • Editor-in-Chief for the Desalination journal
  • Guest Editor for a special issue Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 2011
  • Advisor for the Royal Society of New Zealand on Desalination, 2009-2010
  • Advisory board of Lifeboat Foundation
  • Chairman of the 1st International Conference on Desalination Using membrane technology, 7-10 April 2013, Sitges, Spain
  • Chairman of the 1st International Conference on Desalination and Environment – A Water Summit 28 October- 1 November 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Co-chairman of two pioneering international research events at the University of Oxford on Water and Membranes in 2006 and 2010
  • Major contributions to discussion panels on global water issues and Desalination for a number of science programmes including "Home Planet" and "The Material World" for BBC radio 4
  • Chair of Advisory Board for the Centre of Excellence in Desalination Technology (CEDT) in King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia. 2010 – 2011
  • Scientific Advisor of Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2008- 2009
  • Delivered 42 plenary, keynote lectures and invited lectures in institutions around the world
  • Member of the scientific committees in more than 50 international conferences
  • Member of editorial boards for many international journals including Wiley Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology, Desalination and Water Treatment Journal, Membrane Water Treatment Journal and Journal of Arab Water World
  • Panel of referees for the Research Councils in the UK, Canada, Finland and Norway and for more than 40 international journals
  • Visiting Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Published work

  • Published a pioneering book “Atomic Force Microscopy and Process Engineering” by Elsevier (ISBN-13: 978-185617-517-3), 2009
  • Published a new book “Membrane Modification: Technology and Applications” by CRC Press (ISBN-13: 978-1439866351), 2011
  • Published around 300 articles in the refereed scientific literature
  • Published widely in highly reputable journals
  • Published 28 invited book chapters

The co-authors on many of his publications reflect the strong international links which Professor Nidal Hilal has established.

International Consortia and Collaborations

  • Consortia with 11 academic and industrial Partners on FP7 EU project “Development of the next generation membrane bioreactor system 2010-2013:Karlsruhe University- Germany, Swansea University, Institute for Membrane Technology-Italy, Foundation for Research and Technology – Greece, Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum Germany, Microdyn-Nadir Germany, Izmir Institute of Technology- Turkey, Al-Baath University – Syria, Central Metallurgical Research and Development Institute – Egypt, Centre de Biotechnologie de Sfax – Tunisia
  • Consortia with 2 Research Partners from the Petroleum Institute in UAE and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia on a grant from the Middle East Desalination Research Centre, 2003-2006
  • Consortia with 2 Research Partners from Jordan University of Science & Technology and Sultan Qaboos University in Oman on a grant from the Middle East Desalination Research Centre, 2003-2007
  • Consortia with 3 Research Partners from University of Leeds, Imperial College and University of Reading on a grant from EPSRC, 2005-2007
  • Consortia with Ukrainian Academy of Science on a grant from The Wellcome Trust, 2003
  • Consortia with Loughborough University on a grant from EPSRC, 2005-2008
  • Consortia with 2 Research Partners from Ukrainian Academy of Science and National University of Ukraine on a parliamentary grant from The Royal Society, 2003-2004
  • Consortia with Loughborough University, Universdad Complutense, Madrid and Dow Corning, USA on a grant from EPSRC, 2006-2009

Directorships

  • Director of the Centre for Water Advanced Technologies and Environmental Research (CWATER) at Swansea University

This centre is internationally recognised for research into potable and waste-water treatment technologies, including desalination, advanced oxidation, membranes, and colloid and interface-based technologies. 

  • Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi, 2013.
  • Director of the Centre for Clean Water Technologies at the University of Nottingham, 2003 until July 2010