Studied transport phenomena through filtration membranes (MF, UF, NF, RO) with special emphasis on transport through porous membranes and its inferences on process separation capacity. Designed membrane characterization methods based on our understanding of such phenomena.
Studied the physics and chemistry of phenomena involved in membrane fouling in a range of application sectors such as Water treatment or Dairy products processing. Contributed to modelling membrane fouling, to identifying controlling factors and to developing methods for fouling alleviation.
Membrane fluids interactions:
In relation to the previous item, studied membrane-fluids (more specifically colloidal dispersions) interactions, with emphasis on understanding adsorption phenomena as well as resistance to adsorption of membrane surfaces. Currently contributing to develop membranes with desired adsorption properties for biomedical applications.
Application & Teaching
Engineering of membrane based separation processes
Membrane preparation, functionalisation and characterization
Water and waste water treatment – biomedical devices and dairy products processing
– Supervised or co-supervised 40 PhD students – currently co-supervising Charaf Merzougui, PhD student
– Supervised 8 post-docs
Stays as a visiting scientist
1988: Visiting scientist at the School of Chemical Engineering of the University of Bath (UK)
1991: On leave at the “Elf Aquitaine Research Center” (Now : TOTAL) – Lacq France
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