DSc Eng, PhD, MSc, PGCAP, BEng, Euro Ing, CEng, FIChemE, FLSW
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:
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:
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.
In recognition of an outstanding research contribution in the field of Scanning Probe Microscopy and Membrane Science and Technology
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.
The co-authors on many of his publications reflect the strong international links which Professor Nidal Hilal has established.
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.