List of publications with references to our equipment


Analyzing the effect of nanofiber orientation on membrane filtration properties with the progressive increase in its thickness: a numerical and experimental approach. Textile Research Journal Vol 90, Issue 1. 2020. O.Akampumuza, H. Xu, J. Xiong, H. Zhang, Z. Quan, X. Qin.

Fabrication and Characterization of Ice Templated Membrane Supports from Portland Cement. Membranes  10(5), 93. 2020. A. Abdullayev, P. H. Kamm, M. F. Bekheet, A. Gurlo.

Determination of the Polymeric Membranes Pore Size Distribution by the Method of Capillary Flow Porometry. Bulletin of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences Vol. 14, no. 1. 2020. N. Mkheidze, R. Gotsiridze, S. Mkheidze, D. Pattyn.

Patterned superhydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes for membrane distillation: Enhanced flux with improved fouling and wetting resistance. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 595, 1, 117596. 2020. J. A. Kharraz, A. KyoungjinAn.

Caparanga Fabrication and Characterization of PVDF/UiO-66(Zr) Mixed Matrix Membrane on Non-Woven PET Support. Materials Science Forum, Volume 1005, Pages 108-115. 2020. J.R. Cementina, M. V. Torres, D. P. Bernabe, S. Lirio, M. B. M. Yap Ang, A. R.

Nano-confinement-inspired metal organic framework/polymer composite separation membranes. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Issue 33. 2020. X. Li, N. Wang, X. Bao, Q. Li,J. Li, Y.-B. Xie, S. Ji, J. Yuan, Q.-F. An.

Development of hierarchical surface roughness on porous poly (vinylidene fluoride) membrane for membrane distillation process. Polymer Engineering & Science, Volume 60, Issue 7. 2020. S. Rabiei, S. M. Mousavi, A. H. J. Paterson.

Development of Hydrophilic PVDF Membrane Using Vapour Induced Phase Separation Method for Produced Water Treatment. Membranes, 10(6), 121. 2020. N. I. Mat Nawi, H. M. Chean, N. Shamsuddin, M. R. Bilad, T. Narkkun, K. Faungnawakij, A. L. Khan.

Investigation of succinic acid recovery from aqueous solution and fermentation broth using polyimide nanofiltration membrane. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, Volume 8, Issue 2, 101895. 2020. N. K. Zaman, R. Rohani, A. W. Mohammad, A. M. Isloor, J. Md Jahim.



Fabrication of PVDF hollow fiber membranes via integrated phase separation for membrane distillation. Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, Volume 95, Pages 487-494. 2019. Li Yue, Jin Cailan, Peng Yuelian, An Quanfu, Chen Zhengping, Zhang Jiacheng, Ge Lei, Wang Shaobin.

Superhydrophobic PVDF/TiO2-SiO2 Membrane with Hierarchical Roughness in Membrane Distillation for Water Recovery from Phenolic Rich Solution Containing Surfactant. Chinese Journal of Polymer Science volume 37, pages 609–616. 2019. N. Hamzah, C. P. Leo, B. S. Ooi.

Radial Permeability of the Hybrid Pine (Pinus elliottii × Pinus caribaea) in Australia. BioResources Vol. 14, No. 2. 2019. W. Leggate, A. Redman, J. Wood, H. Bailleres, D. J. Lee.

Pvdf membranes containing reduced graphene oxide: Effect of degree of reduction on membrane distillation performance. Desalination Vol. 452, 15, Pages 196-207. 2019. A. Abdel-Karim, J. M. Luque-Alled, S. Leaper, M. Alberto, X. Fan, A. Vijayaraghavan, T. A. Gad-Allah, A. S. El-Kalliny, G. Szekely, S. I. A. Ahmed, S. M. Holmes, P. Gorgojo.

Selection and Production of a Suitable Support for Palladium Membranes. International Journal of Engineering and Technology, Vol.5, No.2. 2019. N. Alhassan.

Analyzing the effect of nanofiber orientation on membrane filtration properties with the progressive increase in its thickness: a numerical and experimental approach. Textile Research Journal. 2019. O. Akampumuza, H. Xu, J. Xiong, H.Zhang, Z. Quan, X.Qin.

Effect of polymer loading on superhydrophobic PVDF/TiO2 supported membrane for membrane distillation. AIP Conference Proceedings Vol. 2124, Issue 1. 2019. N. Hamzah, C. P. Leo, B. S. Ooi.

Influence of flow alterations on bacteria retention during microfiltration. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 575, 1, Pages 147-159. 2019. A. Helling, C. Grote, D. Büning, M. Ulbricht, M. Wesslingd, M. Polakovic, V. Thom.

Swelling reduction of polyvinylidenefluoride hollow fiber membrane incorporated with silicoaluminophosphate-34 zeotype filler for membrane gas absorption. Separation and Purification Technology, Volume 212, 1, Pages 941-951. 2019.N. A. Ahmad, C. P. Leo, A. L. Ahmad, M. N. Izwanne.

The effect of Styrene Maleic Anhydride on the microstructure evolution of PSF-based membrane prepared by thermal-induced phase separation method. Materials Today Communications, Volume 21, 100687. 2019. J. M. Tesha, D. S. Dlamini, Z. Cui, J. Li.

Hollow fibre membrane-based liquid desiccant humidity control for controlled environment agriculture. Biosystems Engineering, Volume 183, Pages 47-57. 2019. R. M. Lefers, N. M. S. Bettahalli, N. V. Fedoroff, N. Ghaffour, P. A. Davies, S. P. Nunes, T. Leiknes.

Photodynamically Active Electrospun Fibers for Antibiotic-Free Infection Control. ACS Applied Bio Materials 2, 10, 4258–4270. 2019. A. Contreras, M. J. Raxworthy, S. Wood, J. D. Schiffman, G. Tronci.

A novel aerobic electrochemical membrane bioreactor with CNTs hollow fiber membrane by electrochemical oxidation to improve water quality and mitigate membrane fouling. Water Research Volume 151, 15, Pages 54-63. 2019. Y. Yang, S. Qiao, R. Jin, J. Zhou, X. Quan.



Porous membranes prepared by a combined crystallisation and diffusion (CCD) method: Study on formation mechanisms. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 548, 136-148. 2018. Bo Wang, Jing Ji, Congcong Chen, Kang Li.

Optimizing stretching conditions in fabrication of PTFE hollow fiber membrane for performance improvement in membrane distillation. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 550, 15, Pages 126-135. 2018. K. Li, Y. Zhang, Lili Xu, F.Zeng, D. Hou, J. Wang.

SiO2-PDMS-PVDF hollow fiber membrane with high flux for vacuum membrane distillation. Desalination, Volume 429, Pages 33-43 1. 2018. H. Zhang, B. Li, D. Sun, X. Miao, Y. Gu.

Polyoxadiazole hollow fibers for produced water treatment by direct contact membrane distillation. Desalination, Volume 432, 15, Pages 32-39. 2018. J. Xu, N. M. S. Bettahalli, S. Chisca, M. K. Khalid, N. Ghaffour, R. Vilaginesd, S. P.Nunes.

Roll-to-roll dip coating of three different PIMs for Organic Solvent Nanofiltration. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 558, 15, Pages 52-63. 2018. M. Cook, P. R. J. Gaffney, L. G. Peeva, A. G. Livingston.



Passage of soft pathogens through microfiltration membranes scales with transmembrane pressure. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 522, 15, Pages 292-302. 2017. A. Helling, A. Kubicka, I.A.T. Schaap, M. Polakovic, B. Hansmann, H. Thiess, J. Strube, V. Thom.

Enhanced vapor transport in membrane distillation via functionalized carbon nanotubes anchored into electrospun nanofibres. Scientific Reports, volume 7, 41562. 2017. Alicia Kyoungjin An, Eui-Jong Lee, Jiaxin Guo, Sanghyun Jeong, Jung-Gil Lee,  Noreddine Ghaffour.

Membrane distillation of saline with phenolic compound using superhydrophobic PVDF membrane incorporated with TiO2 nanoparticles: Separation, fouling and self-cleaning evaluation. Desalination, Volume 418, 15 Pages 79-88. 2017. N. Hamzah, C. P. Leo.

New polymeric membrane nanofiltration for succinate recovery: a comparative study. Journal of Polymer Research 24, 197. 2017. N. K. Zaman, R. Rohani, A.W. Mohammad, J. M. Jahim.

Production of polyamide-12 membranes for microfiltration through selective laser sintering. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 525, 1 Pages 157-162. 2017. S. Yuan, D. Strobbe, J.P. Kruth, P. Van Puyvelde, B. Van der Bruggen.

Selective separation of furfural and hydroxymethylfurfural from an aqueous solution using a supported hydrophobic deep eutectic solvent liquid membrane. Faraday Discussions, Volume 206. 2017. C. H. J. T. Dietz, M. C .Kroon, M. Di Stefano, M. van Sint Annaland, F. Gallucci.

A low filtration resistance three-dimensional composite membrane fabricated via free surface electrospinning for effective PM2.5 capture. Environmental Science: Nano, 864-875. 2017. Hanchao Gao, Yuqiong Yang Obed Akampumuza, Jue Hou, Hongnan Zhang*, Xiaohong Qin*.



Synthesis of highly porous poly(tert-butyl acrylate)-b-polys (ulfone-b-poly(tert-butyl acrylate) asymmetric membranes. Polymer Chemistry, 7, 3076-3089. 2016. Yihui Xie, Nicolas Moreno, Victor M. Calo, Hong Cheng, Pei-Ying Hong, Rachid Sougrat, Ali R. Behzad, Russell Tayouo, Suzana P. Nunes.

Fabrication of hydrophobic flat sheet and hollow fiber membranes from PVDF and PVDF-CTFE for membrane distillation. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 497, 1 Pages 183-193. 2016. J. Wang, L. Zheng, Z. Wu, Y. Zhang, X. Zhang.

Triple-bore hollow fiber membrane contactor for liquid desiccant based air dehumidification. Journal of Membrane Science Volume 514, 15, Pages 135-142. 2016. N.M. S. Bettahalli, R. Lefers, N. Fedoroff, T.O. Leiknes, S. P.Nunes.

Crystal nuclei templated nanostructured membranes prepared by solvent crystallization and polymer migration. Nature Communications 7, 12804. 2016. Bo Wang, Jing Ji, Kang Li.

Effect of non-solvent additives on the morphology, pore structure, and direct contact membrane distillation performance of PVDF-CTFE hydrophobic membranes. Journal of Environmental Sciences, Volume 45, Pages 28-39. 2016. L. Zheng, Z. Wu, Y. Zhang, Y. We, J. Wang.

Fouling prevention in the membrane distillation of phenolic-rich solution using superhydrophobic PVDF membrane incorporated with TiO2 nanoparticles. Separation and Purification Technology Volume 167, 14, Pages 79-87. 2016. N. Hamzah, C.P.Leo.

Development of a hollow fiber membrane micro-reactor for biocatalytic production of formate from CO2. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 514, 15, Pages 44-52. 2016. Y. Wang, Z-P. Zhao, M-F. Li, Y-Z. Chen, W-F. Liu.

Preparation of PVDF-CTFE hydrophobic membranes for MD application: Effect of LiCl-based mixed additives. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 506, 15 Pages 71-85. 2016. L. Zheng, Z. Wu, Y. Wei, Y. Zhang, Y. Yuan, J. Wang.

Preparation of Interconnected Biomimetic poly (vinylidene fluoride-co-chlorotrifluoroethylene) Hydrophobic Membrane by Tuning the Two-stage Phase Inversion Process. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 8, 47, 32604–32615. 2016. L. Zheng, J. Wang, Z. Wu, J.Li, Y. Zhang, M. Yang, Y. Wie.



A sacrificial-layer approach to fabricate polysulfone support for forward osmosis thin-film composite membranes with reduced internal concentration polarisation. Journal of Membrane Science, 481, 106-114. 2015. Xiao, P., Nghiem, L., Yin, Y., Li, X., Zhang, M., Chen, G., Song, J. & He, T.

Graphene oxide incorporated polysulfone substrate for the fabrication of flat-sheet thin-film composite forward osmosis membranes. Journal of Membrane Science Volume 493, 1 496-507. 2015. Myoung Jun Park, Sherub Phuntsho, Tao He, Grace M. Nisola, Leonard D. Tijing, Xue-Mei Li, Gang Chen, Wook-Jin Chung, Ho Kyong Shon.

Preparation and characterization of PDMS-PVDF hydrophobic microporous membrane for membrane distillation. Desalination, Volume 370, 17, Pages 63-71. 2015. D. Sun, M.Q. Liu, J.H. Guo, J.Y. Zhang, B.B. Li, D.Y. Li.

Morphological and hydrophobic modifications of PVDF flat membrane with silane coupling agent grafting via plasma flow for VMD of ethanol–water mixture. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 491, Pages 110-120. 2015. W.T. Xu, Z.P. Zhao, M. Liu, K.C. Chen.

Hydrophobic Hyflon AD/Poly (vinylidene fluoride) membranes for butanol dehydration via pervaporation. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 54, 44, 11180–11187. 2015. TA Jalal, NMS Bettahalli, NL Le, S.P. Nunes.

CF4 plasma modified highly interconnective porous polysulfone membranes for direct contact membrane distillation (DCMD). Desalination Volume 369, 3, Pages 105-114. 2015. M. Tian, Y. Yin, C. Yang, B. Zhao, J. Song, J. Liu, X.M. Li, T. He.



Influence of Polymer Concentration on PVDF Membrane Fabrication for Immunoassay Analysis. Journal of Applied Sciences 14, 1299-1303. 2014. A.L. Ahmad, N. Ideris, B.S. Ooi, S.C. Low and A. Ismail.

CF4 plasma-modified superhydrophobic PVDF membranes for direct contact membrane distillation. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 456, 15, Pages 155-161. 2014. C. Yang, X.M. Li, J. Gilron, D. Kong, Y. Yin, Y. Oren, C. Linder, T. He.

ХАРАКТЕРИСТИКА РАСПРЕДЕЛЕНИЯ ПОР ПО РАЗМЕРАМ В ТКАНЯХ С МЕМБРАННЫМ ПОКРЫТИЕМ ГАЗОДИНАМИЧЕСКИМ МЕТОДОМ. УДК 687.023:678.7. 2014. И. Ш. Абдуллин, Е. С. Нефедьев, Р. Г. Ибрагимов, О. В. Зайцева, В. В. Вишневский, Н. В. Осипов, Л. Р. Ахметшина.

Self-assembly of TiO2 nanoparticles around the pores of PES ultrafiltration membrane for mitigating organic fouling. Journal of Membrane Science 46, 226–235. 2014. Xin Li, Xiaofeng Fang, Ruizhi Pang, Jiansheng Li, Xiuyun Sun, Jinyou Shen, Weiqing Han, Lianjun Wang.

Tubular macro-porous titanium membranes. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 461, Pages 6139-145. 2014. O. David, Y. Gendel, M. Wessling.



Fabrication of electrospun nanofibrous membranes for membrane distillation application. Desalination and Water Treatment, Volume 51, Issue 7-9, 1337-1343. 2013. L. Francis, H. Maab, A. Al Saadi, S. Nunes, N. Ghaffour, G.L. Amy.

Polyazole Hollow Fiber Membranes for Direct Contact Membrane Distillation. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 52 (31), 10425–10429. 2013. H. Maab, A. Al Saadi, L. Francis, S. Livazovi , N. Ghafou, G. L. Amy, S. P. Nunes.

Porous Polyoxadiazole Membranes for Harsh Environment. Journal of Membrane Science 445, 127 – 134. 2013. H. Maab, S. P. Nunes.

Recycling of high temperature steam condensed water from petroleum refinery by thermostable PPESK ultrafiltration membrane. Chemical Engineering Journal 219, 419–428. 2013. Shanshan Zhao, Peng Wang, Ce Wang, James L. Langer, Gulizhaer Abulikemu, Xin Sun.

Capillary flow porometry-assessment of an alternative method for the determination of flow relevant parameters of porous rocks. This paper was prepared for presentation at the International Symposium of the Society of Core Analysts held in Napa Valley, California, USA, 16-19. 2013. M. Halisch, E. Vogt, C. Müller, A. Cano-Odena,  D. Pattyn, P. Hellebaut, K. van der Kamp.

In-situ spectroscopic ellipsometry for studies of thin films and membranes. News magazine of the Membrane Science and Technology Group. 2013. W. Ogieglo.



Neck-size distributions of through-pores in polymer membranes. Journal of Membrane Science, Volumes 415–416, 1 608-615. 2012. C. Agarwal, A. K. Pandey, S. Das, M. K. Sharma, D. Pattyn, P. Ares, A. Goswami.

Preparation of polyvinylidene fluoride membrane via dual coagulation bath system and its wettability study. Journal of Applied Polymer Science Volume 124, Issue S1. 2012. B. S. Ooi N. S. M. Yatim A. L. Ahmad  S. O. Lai.

Preparation of mixed-matrix membranes for micellar enhanced ultrafiltration based on response surface methodology. Desalination, Volume 293, 1, 7-20. 2012. H.P. Ngang, A.L. Ahmad, S.C. Low, B.S. Ooi.

Interaction of isothermal phase inversion and membrane formulation for pathogens detection in water. Bioresource Technology, Volume 113, 219-224. 2012. S.C. Low, A.L. Ahmad, N. Ideris, Q.H. Ng.

Synthesis of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes for protein binding: Effect of casting thickness. Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 128, 3438–3445. 2012. Ahmad, A. L., Ideris, N., Ooi, B. S., Low, S. C. and Ismail, A.

Synthesis and fabrication of nanostructured hydrophobic polyazole membranes for low-energy water recovery. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 423-424, Pages 11-19. 2012. H. Maab, L. Francis, A. Al-Saadi, C. Aubru, N. Ghaffour, G. Amy, S. P. Nunes.

Preparation and properties of PVDF composite hollow fiber membranes for desalination through direct contact membrane distillation. Journal of Membrane Science  405– 406, 185– 200. 2012. Hou et al.

Preparation of PVDF–TiO2 mixed-matrix membrane and its evaluation on dye adsorption and UV-cleaning properties. Chemical Engineering Journal, Volume 197, 15, Pages 359-367. 2012. H.P. Ngang, B.S. Ooi, A.L. Ahmad, S.O. Lai.

Polysulfone membranes blended with ZnO nanoparticles for reducing fouling by oleic acid. Separation and Purification Technology Volume 89, 22, Pages 51-56. 2012. C.P. Leo, W.P.C. Lee, A.L. Ahmad,  A.W.Mohammad.



Optimization of cellulose acetate nanofiltration membranes for micropollutant removal via genetic algorithms and high throughput experimentation. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 366, pages 25-32. 2011. A. Cano-Odena, M. Spilliers, T. Dedroog, K. De Grave, J. Ramon, I. F. J. Vankelecom.



Novel high throughput equipment for membrane-based gas separations. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 354, Issues 1–2, pages 32-39. 2010. A. Khan, S. Basu, A. Cano-Odena, I. F. J. Vankelecom.



High throughput study of phase inversion parameters for polyimide-based SRNF membranes. Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 330, 2009, Issues 1–2, pages 307-318. 2009. P. Vandezande, X. Li, L. E. M. Gevers, I. F. J. Vankelecom.



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US10035108B2. Membranes. M. Dalwani, S. ITOH, E. Vermeer, M. Meijlink, Y. Itami. 2013.

US20130256230A1. Membrane suitable for blood filtration. K. A. Louise, H. Dullaert, M. Dorschu, J. Qiu, J. C. Thies. 2011.