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Dr. Steven T. Weinman

Assistant Professor



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

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.

Affiliated Areas
Center for Water Quality Research, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Polymers and Soft Materials Research Center

Selected Publications

  • 1-Propyl-4(5)-Methylimidazole Isomers for Temperature Swing Solvent Extraction, Shuai Qian, Lauren M. Ward, Luke S. Rakers, Steven T. Weinman, Jason E. Bara, Molecules 2022
  • 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
  • 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

Awards and Honors

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

Dr. Weinman's Impact

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Summer Program Faculty Directors and Participants Represent College at Emerging Researchers National Conference

Drs. Steven Weinman and Stephen Ritchie recently represented the College of Engineering at the 2024 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Washington, D.C....

Weinman Named Young Membrane Scientist Award Winner

The North American Membrane Society (NAMS) recently named Dr. Steven Weinman, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering, one of its 2023 Young Membrane Scientist Award winners. Weinman was one...

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UA Researchers Tackle Plastic Waste as Part of National Effort

Researchers will experiment with more effective ways of breaking down hard-to-recycle plastics.

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