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Assistant Professor

Chemical and Biological Engineering

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Education

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Clemson University, 2018
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 2013

Biography

Dr. Weinman’s group focuses on functionalizing and synthesizing membranes to improve current water treatment membrane technologies.

Membranes are semi-permeable barriers that separate substances when a driving force is applied across the membrane. The Weinman group works to provide solutions to current environmental and wastewater challenges by developing new membrane technologies.

The Weinman Group focuses on synthesizing and studying the fundamental properties of thin-film composite membranes for nanofiltration and reverse osmosis applications. This will allow us to better understand what factor(s) influence membrane properties and utilize this understanding to enable new separations.
Progressive decline in water permeability due to fouling is one of the largest costs associated with membrane processes in water treatment. My research focuses on surface modifying membranes to reduce various types of fouling (oil, biological, scaling, etc.).

Another project area involves creating membrane adsorbers and solvents to capture compounds of interest. There is a need to selectively remove persistent pollutants and high value products from water and wastewater streams.

Lastly, the Weinman Group is exploring new solvents for brine remediation where membranes cannot be used.

Honors and Awards

  • 2022 Omega Chi Epsilon Outstanding Professor
  • 2021 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Outstanding Faculty Member

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • Modification of polyamide reverse osmosis membranes for the separation of urea, Shahriar Habib and Steven T. Weinman, Journal of Membrane Science 2022
  • Effect of Nanopatterning on Concentration Polarization during Nanofiltration, Lauren M. Ward, Barbara G. Fickling, Steven T. Weinman, Membranes 2021
  • A review on the synthesis of fully aromatic polyamide reverse osmosis membranes, Shahriar Habib and Steven T. Weinman, Desalination 2021
  • Molecular aspects of temperature swing solvent extraction for brine desalination using imidazole-based solvents, Gabriel D. Barbosa, Jason E. Bara, Steven T. Weinman, C. Heath Turner, Chemical Engineering Science 2022
  • Polymer-Based Devices and Remediation Strategies for Emerging Contaminants in Water, Saeideh Alipoori Hadi Rouhi, Emily Linn, Hannah Stumpfl, Hadi Mokarizadeh, Milad R. Esfahani, Amanda Koh, Steven T. Weinman, Evan K. Wujcik, ACS Applied Polymer Materials 2021