Chemical and Biological Engineering
Dr. Milad Esfahani’s group uses a multidisciplinary approach to develop novel functionalized membranes with ultimate goal of water ‐ wastewater treatment and energy production.
Our research field is at the interface of several disciplines including separation science, nanotechnology, materials science and colloid science that links to the water‐energy‐food nexus. In the field of functionalized membranes, we are developing functionalized membranes with enhanced selectivity properties where they can provide higher permeability and less (bio) fouling.
Our research group will develop different strategies to incorporate nanoparticles with specific properties such as photo catalytic activity of titanium dioxide nanoparticles, highly adsorptive properties of multiwall carbon nanotube, anti‐bacterial properties of silver nanoparticles, and high absorptive properties of metal organic frameworks to the polymeric structure of the membranes for creation of advanced antifouling membranes. We use both computational and experimental approaches to design engineered membranes for water desalination, water purification and energy production.
Also, in the field of nanomaterials environmental safety, we are studying the transport and fate of nanomaterials in aquatic environment.