About Me

DSc Eng, PhD, MSc, 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:

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.

Publications

  1. & Microfiltration of micro-sized suspensions of boron-selective resin with PVDF membranes. Desalination
  2. & Mechanical properties of water desalination and wastewater treatment membranes. Desalination
  3. & Electrically conducting nanofiltration membranes based on networked cellulose and carbon nanostructures. Desalination
  4. & Modeling and optimization of a solar forward osmosis pilot plant by response surface methodology. Solar Energy 137, 290-302.
  5. & Engineering nanocomposite membranes: addressing current challenges and future opportunities. Desalination

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Teaching

  • EGCM36 Desalination

    Desalination is an important process in the management of water resources and it has a large societal, economic and environmental impact. This module will give engineering students a solid grounding in desalination and related separation processes. This will prove invaluable for a future career in many areas of engineering.

  • EGCM38 Membrane Technology

    A Masters Level course to deliver a working knowledge of liquid phase membrane separation processes. This will include a detailed understanding of current membrane fabrication techniques to produce polymeric hollow fibres and flat sheet membranes and subsequent production of tubular and spiral wound modules. Ceramic membrane production will also be considered. The design, construction and optimisation of membrane plants will be considered with specific emphasis placed on configuration. A detailed understanding of membrane characterisation techniques will be developed, including SEM, AFM, particle sizing, zeta potential measurement, rejection and flux experimentation. The specific operations of membrane microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis will be investigated and mathematical descriptions will be developed. The course will conclude with a series of practical case studies detailing current applications of membrane processes and scope for future development.

Supervision

  • The electro spinning of novel membranes used in water treatment to minimise biofouling (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Christopher Wright
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Oatley-Radcliffe
  • Development of a 3D parallel solution algorithm for filtration process (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Oubay Hassan
  • The development of novel membranes with improved mechanical and antifouling performance (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Christopher Wright
  • Periodical Electrolysis for anti-fouling membranes (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paolo Bertoncello
  • The development of novel electrospun membranes (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Christopher Wright
  • 'Hybrid Ozone/Multi-Walled Carbon nanotubes Impregnated Poly (Vinylidene) Fluoride Membrane Systems For Enhanced Water Treatment' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui
  • 'Understanding the role of charge and charge development in nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Oatley-Radcliffe
  • 'A Novel Hybrid Ion Exchange/Nanofiltration process for water desalination' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Oatley-Radcliffe
    Other supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui
  • 'Boron Removal from Saline Water' (awarded 2014)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui
  • ''Treatment of saline solutions using air gap membrane distillation (AGMD)'' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui
  • 'HA removal and fouling using tubular ceramic MF membranes combined with coagulation' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui
  • ''Synthesis and characterisation of polyethersulfone membrane using different additives.'' (awarded 2012)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui
  • 'Removal of heavy metals from a concentrated aqueous solution: adsorption and nanofiltration techniques' (awarded 2012)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui
  • 'Activated unsaturated sand filter as an alternative technology to remove copper, manganese, zinc and nickel from waters' (awarded 2012)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui
  • Heterogeneous catalytic ozonation for the degradation of organic compounds (awarded 2011)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui
  • Development of integrated nanofiltration system for highly concentrated dye removal (awarded 2011)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Chedly Tizaoui

External Responsibilities

  • Editor-in-Chief, International journal Desalination

    2009 - Present

  • Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi

    2013 - 2013

  • Director of the Centre for Clean Water Technologies, University of Nottingham

    2003 - 2010

  • Guest Editor, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science

    2011 - 2011

  • Advisor, Royal Society of New Zealand on Desalination

    2009 - 2010

  • Member of Scientific Advisory Board, Lifeboat Foundation, USA

    2007 - Present

  • Chairman, 1st International Conference on Desalination Using membrane tech

    2013 - 2013

  • Chairman, 1st International Conference on Desalination and Environment

    2011 - 2011

  • Co-chairman, Research events at University of Oxford on Water and Membranes

    2010 - 2010

  • Co-chairman, Research events at University of Oxford on Water and Membranes

    2006 - 2006

  • Major contributions to discussion panels on global water issues , Includes "Home Planet" and "The Material World" for BBC radio 4

    0 - Present

  • Chair of Advisory Board, King Abdul Aziz University, Centre of Excellence in Desalination Technology (CEDT)

    2010 - 2011

  • Scientific Advisor, Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    2008 - 2009

  • Visiting Professor, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

    2013 - 2013

  • Member, Royal Society-DFID Africa Capacity Building Panel

    2013 - 2016

  • Senior Research Director, Qatar Foundation

    2014 - 2016

  • Chairman, 2nd International Conference on Desalination and Environment

    2016 - 2016

  • Chairman, 2nd International Conference on Desalination Using membrane tech

    2015 - 2015

  • Executive Chair, International Conference on Application of Nanotechnology

    2013 - 2013

  • PAC member, The Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC)

    2004 - Present

  • Member of Advisors Board , Arab Healthy Water Association (AHWA)

    2004 - Present

Awards And Prizes

Date Description
2005 Doctor of Science Degree (DSc), Swansea University
2003 Elected Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE)
2005 Prestigious Kuwait Prize of Applied Science for Water Resources Development
2013 Elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW)
1997 Registered European Engineer (Euro Ing)

Media

  • Water, water everywhere? The Telegraph, 20th  June 2014.
  • The Water Challenge – Why Desalination Technology. The Environmental Technology Online,        5th  June 2014.
  • Interview with Sky news Arabia on 15th January 2013.
  • Interview with Utilities Middle East Magazine on “The membrane Advantage”. July 2012.    
  • His work has been chosen to be on show at British Museum (Science Museum). “Water Wars: Fight the food crisis”. Launched October 2011
  • Interviewed by the Royal Society of Chemistry for their newsletter “InfoChem”, issue 129 “Water for Life”, June 2011.
  • Interview with Okaz newspaper, Saudi Arabia, published in September 2009.
  • Interview with BBC Radio 4. “Material World” Programme, broadcast on 15th June 2006. Discussion about Desalination, water re-use and the proposed plant on the Thames
  • Interview with Vision Magazine, published by the University of Nottingham. April 2006
  • Interview with Arab Economics newspaper “Al-Iqtissadia”. Volume 257, 6th August 2006
  • Interview with BBC Radio 4. “Home Planet” Programme, broadcast on 20th July 2004.