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Membrane Technology

Introduction

Sustainable development is the ultimate solution to meet the challenges of today without complicating the availability of resources for the future generations. With this perspective membrane technology offers new opportunities in process design, intensification and optimization. Membrane processes have the potential to contribute in Process Intensification as these process are energy efficient, environmental friendly and easy to scale up. Membrane processes improve the energy efficiency and raise the level of sustainability in comparison to traditional processes. Membrane processes are widely used in the oil and gas, food, waste water, pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnological industries.

Team

  • Dr. Arshad Hussain
  • Dr. Mohammad Mujahid
  • Dr. Noman ul Haq
  • Dr. Sher Jamal (IESE)
  • Research Facilities

    Existing facilities at the Department of Chemical Engineering (SCME)

    • GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/ Mass Spectrometry).
    • FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy).
    • TG/DTA (Thermo Gravimetric/ Differential Thermal Analysis).
    • HPLC (High-Performance Liquid Chromatography).
    • GPC  (Gel Permeation Chromatography).

    Planned facilities at the Department of Chemical Engineering (SCME)

    • Gas Permeation Rig.
    • GC (Gas Chromatography). 

    Shared facilities at the Department of Materials Engineering (SCME)

    • Nano materials synthesis lab
    • SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope).
    • AFM (Atomic Force Microscopy).
    • XRD (X-ray Diffraction).

    Projects

    • CO2 capture from natural gas and flue gas by polymer membranes.
    • Membrane module design and analysis for gas separation.
    • Fabrication of nano filtration membranes for analytical applications.
    • Development and characterization of membrane for dehydration of ethanol.
    • Development and characterization of RO membrane.
    • Mathematical Modeling and Simulations of Single Stage Gas Permeation.
    • Fabrication of Nano Membrane for Ultra Filteration
    • Membranes for the separation of amino acids.

    Collaboration 

    Membrane research group “MEMFO” at Norwegian Technical and Natural Sciences University (NTNU), Trondheim Norway.

    National Center of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry, University of Sindh, Jamshoro.IESE, SCEE, NUST

    Achievements

    Recently got approval for 3 million NOK under Pakistan-Norway institutional cooperation program

    Publications

  • Hussain, A., A single stage membrane process for CO2 capture from flue gas by a facilitated transport membrane, Journal of Separation Science & Technology 47 (2012) 1857-1865.
  • M. Ahsan, A. Hussain, An efficient numerical approach for the separation of gases using membranes in a multicomponent gas mixture, International Journal of Chemical Engineering and Applications, Vol. 3 (6) (2012) 430-434.
  •  S. Hafeez, A. Hussain, N. Iqbal, Fabrication and Characterization of Micro filtration blended Membrane, Desalination and Water Treatment (paper submitted).
  • aman Ul-Haq, Joong Kon Park, Effect of template on chiral separation of phenylalanine using molecularly imprinted membrane in aqueous medium (Under review process).
  • UI-Haq Noaman,  Park Joong Kon, Chiral resolution of phenylalanine by D-Phe imprinted membrane considering rejection property. Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering, 33 (2010) 79-86.
  • Keywords

    Membrane synthesis, Nano composite membranes, Membrane processes, Techno-economic analysis, CO2 capture, Membrane modules.

    Focal Person

    Dr. Engr. Arshad Hussain

    School of Chemical and Materials Engineering (SCME), NUST

    H-12 Islamabad, Pakistan, Telephone: 0092-051-90855105

    Email Address: arshad.hussain@scme.nust.edu.pk