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CMAT Members – Publications list 2017-2020



  1. El Kadi, K., Janajreh, I. and Hashaikeh, R., 2020. Numerical simulation and evaluation of spacer-filled direct contact membrane distillation module. Applied Water Science, 10(7), pp.1-17.
  2. Nassrullah, H., Makanjuola, O., Janajreh, I., AlMarzooqi, F.A. and Hashaikeh, R., 2020. Incorporation of nanosized LTL zeolites in dual-layered PVDF-HFP/cellulose membrane for enhanced membrane distillation performance. Journal of Membrane Science, p.118298.
  3. Janajreh, I., Alshehi, A. and Elagroudy, S., 2020. Anaerobic co-digestion of petroleum hydrocarbon waste and wastewater treatment sludge. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 45(20), pp.11538-11549.
  4. Alsharief, A., Mustafa, I., AlNahyan, M., Alnaqbi, W. and Almarzooqi, F., 2020. CNT–PVDF freestanding sheets for direct solar evaporation toward continuous desalination applications. Journal of Materials Science, 55(7), pp.2860-2869.
  5. Riaan van der Merwe, Robin Morelissen, Harry Polman, and Henk Jenner. 2020. “Shifting the Discharge Mind-Set From Harmful To Habitat: Exploring Inventive Designs and Benefits of Underwater Discharge Structures.” Desalination and Water Treatment 195: 79–86.
  6. Arora, N., Thangavelu, K. and Karanikolos, G.N., 2020. Bimetallic Nanoparticles for Antimicrobial Applications. Frontiers in Chemistry, 8.
  7. Rangaraj, V.M., Wahab, M.A., Reddy, K.S.K., Kakosimos, G., Abdalla, O., Favvas, E.P., Reinalda, D., Geuzebroek, F., Abdala, A. and Karanikolos, G.N., 2020. Metal Organic Framework—Based Mixed Matrix Membranes for Carbon Dioxide Separation: Recent Advances and Future Directions. Frontiers in Chemistry, 8.
  8. Chelaifa, H., Vinu, M., Dieng, M., Idaghdour, Y., Hasan, A. and Hernandez, H.H., 2020. Beyond the greenhouse: coupling environmental and salt stress response reveals unexpected global transcriptional regulatory networks in Salicornia bigelovii. bioRxiv.
  9. Patón, M., Hernandez, H.H. and Rodriguez, J., 2020. Optimal microbial pathway variants can be determined by large-scale bioenergetic evaluation in syntrophic propionate oxidation. bioRxiv.
  10. Rafay, R., Uratani, J.M., Hernandez, H.H. and Rodríguez, J., 2020. Growth and nitrate uptake in Nannochloropsis gaditana and Tetraselmis chuii cultures grown in sequential batch reactors. Frontiers in Marine Science.
  11. Shunnar, A.F., Dhokale, B., Karothu, D.P., Bowskill, D.H., Sugden, I.J., Hernandez, H.H., Naumov, P. and Mohamed, S., 2020. Efficient screening for ternary molecular ionic cocrystals using a complementary mechanosynthesis and computational structure prediction approach. Chemistry–A European Journal.
  12. Sreedhar, N. Thomas, O. Al-Ketan, R. Rowshan, R. Abu Al-Rub, S. Hong, H. A. Arafat, Impacts of feed spacer design on UF membrane cleaning efficiency. J. Membrane Science, 616, 118571 (2020)
  13. Ouda, O. Al-Ketan, N. Sreedhar, M. Hasan Ali, R. Abu Al-Rub, SK Hong, H. A. Arafat, Novel static mixers based on triply periodic minimal surface (TPMS) architectures, J. Environmental Chemical Engineering, 8, 104289 (2020)
  14. Mavukkandy, S. McBride, D. Warsinger, N. Dizge, S. Hasan, H. A. Arafat, Thin Film Deposition Techniques for Polymeric Membranes– A Review, J. Membrane Science, 610, 118258 (2020)
  15. Almustafa, R. Sulaiman, M. Kumar, I. Adeyemi, H. A. Arafat, E. Nashef, Boron extraction from aqueous medium using novel hydrophobic deep eutectic solvents, Chemical Engineering J., 395, 125173 (2020)
  16. Kharraz, M. Farid, N. Khanzada, B. Deka, H. A. Arafat, A. An, Macro-corrugated and nano-patterned hierarchically structured superomniphobic membrane for treatment of low surface tension oily wastewater by membrane distillation, Water Research, 174, 115600 (2020)
  17. Kumar, M. Khan, H. A. Arafat, Recent developments in rational fabrication of thin film nanocomposite membranes for water purification and desalination, ACS Omega, 5(8), 3792-3800 (2020).
  18. Kumar, N. Sreedhar, M. Abi Jaoude, H. A. Arafat, High Flux, Antifouling hydrophilized ultrafiltration membranes with tunable charge density combining sulfonated polyethersulfone and aminated graphene oxide nanohybrid, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 12(1), 1617-1627 (2020)
  19. Chamani, P. Yazgan Birgi, D. Rana, M. Ali, H. A. Arafat, C. Lan, CFD-based genetic programming model for liquid entry pressure estimation of hydrophobic membranes, Desalination, 476, 114231 (2020)
  20. Maheswari, M. Mavukkandy, U. Adhikari, V. Naddeo, J. Sikder, H. A. Arafat, Synergistic effect of humic acid on alkali pretreatment of sugarcane bagasse for the recovery of lignin with phenomenal properties, Biomass & Bioenergy, 134, 105486 (2020).
  21. Govindan, E. Alhseinat, IFF Darawsheh, I Ismail, K. Polychronopoulou, M. Abi Jaoude, AF Arangadi, F. Banat, Activated carbon derived from phoenix dactylifera (palm tree) and decorated with MnO2 nanoparticles for enhanced hybrid capacitive deionization electrodes, ChemistrySelect 5 (2020) 3248
  22. Abi Jaoude, E. Alhseinat, K. Polychronopoulou, G Bharath, I.F. Darawsheh, S. Anwer, M.A. Baker, S.J. Hinder, F. Banat, Morphology-dependent electrochemical performance of MnO2 nanostructures on graphene towards efficient capacitive deionization, Electrochimica Acta 330 (2020) 135202.
  23. Malas, Y. Ibrahim, I. AlNashef, F. Banat, S.W. Hasan, Impregnation of polyethylene membranes with 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium dicyanamide ionic liquid for enhanced removal of Cd2+, Ni2+, and Zn2+ from aqueous solutions, Journal of Molecular Liquids, (2020), 113981.
  24. Abdu, S. Munirasu, P. Kallem, S.W. Hasan, F. Banat, Investigating the effect of various foulants on the performance of intrinsically superhydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride membranes for direct contact membrane distillation, Separation and Purification Technology. 252 (2020), 117416.
  25. Ouda, Y. Ibrahim, F. Banat, S.W. Hasan, Oily wastewater treatment via phase-inverted polyethersulfone-maghemite (PES/γ-Fe2O3) composite membranes, Journal of Water Process Engineering. 37 (2020), 101545.
  26. A. Al Ali, V. Naddeo, S.W. Hasan, A.F. Yousef, Correlation between bacterial community structure and performance efficiency of a full-scale wastewater treatment plant, Journal of Water Process Engineering. 37 (2020), 101472.
  27. Abdulkarem, Y. Ibrahim, V. Naddeo, F. Banat, S.W. Hasan, Development of polyethersulfone/α-zirconium phosphate (PES/α-ZrP) flat-sheet nanocomposite ultrafiltration membranes, Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 161 (2020), 206–217.
  28. W. Hasan, H. Liu, V. Naddeo, S. Puig, N.Y. Yip, Editorial: Environmental technologies for the sustainable development of the water and energy sectors, Water Science & Technology (IWA). 81 (2020), 3–5.
  29. Naddeo, M.F.N. Secondes, L. Borea, S.W. Hasan, F. Ballesteros Jr, V. Belgiorno, Removal of contaminants of emerging concern from real wastewater by an Innovative Hybrid Membrane Process-UltraSound, Adsorption, and Membrane ultrafiltration (USAMe®), Ultrasonics Sonochemistry. (2020), 105237.
  30. Banat, Abdul Hai, M. Selvaraj, B. Govindan, R. Krishnamoorthy, S.W. Hassan, Demulsification performance of superhydrophobic PVDF membrane: A parametric study, Journal of Membrane Science and Research, (2020).
  31. Daer, N. Akther, Q. Wei, H.K. Shon, S.W. Hasan, Influence of silica nanoparticles on the desalination performance of forwardosmosis polybenzimidazole membranes, Desalination. 491 (2020), 114441.
  32. Ibrahim, V. Naddeo, F. Banat, S.W. Hasan, Preparation of novel polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-Tin(IV) oxide (SnO2) ion exchange mixed matrix membranes for the removal of heavy metals from aqueous solutions, Separation and Purification Technology. 250 (2020), 117250.
  33. Ibrahim, F. Banat, A.F. Yousef, D. Bahamon, L.F. Vega, S.W. Hasan, Surface modification of anti‐fouling novel cellulose/graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets (NS) microfiltration membranes for seawater desalination applications, Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology. 95 (2020), 1915–1925.
  34. O. Mavukkandy, S.A. McBride, D.M. Warsinger, N. Dizge, S.W. Hasan, H.A. Arafat, Thin film deposition techniques for polymeric membranes – A review, Journal of Membrane Science. 610 (2020), 118258.
  35. Khalifa, F. Banat, C. S. Kannan, J. Radjenovic, S. W. Hasan, Performance tests and removal mechanisms of aerated electrocoagulation in the treatment of oily wastewater, Journal of Water Process Engineering. 36 (2020), 101290.
  36. Giwa, S.W. Hasan, Novel polyethersulfone-functionalized graphene oxide (PES-fGO) mixed matrix membranes for wastewater treatment, Separation and Purification Technology. 241 (2020), 116735.
  37. Rambabu, G. Bharath, A. Hai, F. Banat, S. Hasan, H. Taher, H. Zaid, Nutritional quality and physico-chemical characteristics of selected date fruit varieties of United Arab Emirates, Processes. 8 (2020), 256.
  38. M. Hegab, A. ElMekawy, C. Saint, F. Banat, S.W. Hasan, D. Pant, Technoproductive evaluation of the energyless microbial-integrated diffusion dialysis technique for acid mine drainage valorization, Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology. 6 (2020), 1217–1229.
  39. Ahmed, W. and Rodríguez, J., 2020. A model predictive optimal control system for the practical automatic start-up of anaerobic digesters. Water Research174, p.115599.
  40. Ozer, L.Y., Yusuf, A., Uratani, J.M., Cabal, B., Díaz, L.A., Torrecillas, R., Moya, J.S., Rodríguez, J. and Palmisano, G., 2020. Water microbial disinfection via supported nAg/Kaolin in a fixed-bed reactor configuration. Applied Clay Science184, p.105387.
  41. Ahmed Yusuf,* Giovanni Palmisano, Three-dimensional CFD modelling of a photocatalytic parallel-channel microreactor, Chemical Engineering Science, 2020, 116051 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2020.116051) (ISSN: 0009-2509).
  42. C. Garlisi, S. Al Jitan, F. Parrino, and G. Palmisano, “Graphene-based hybrid photocatalysts: a promising route toward high-efficiency photocatalytic water remediation,” Handbook of Smart Photocatalytic Materials, pp. 325–359, Feb. 2020.


    1. El Kadi, K. and Janajreh, I., 2019, November. Low Energy Desalination via Direct Contact Membrane Distillation: Looking Into the Concentration Polarization. In 2019 7th International Renewable and Sustainable Energy Conference (IRSEC) (pp. 1-5). IEEE.
    2. Akther, N., Daer, S., Wei, Q., Janajreh, I. and Hasan, S.W., 2019. Synthesis of polybenzimidazole (PBI) forward osmosis (FO) membrane and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling of concentration gradient across membrane surface. Desalination452, pp.17-28.
    3. El Kadi, K., Hashaikeh, R., Ahmed, R. and Janajreh, I., 2019. Design and performance evaluation of a portable hybrid desalination unit using direct contact membrane distillation in dual configuration. Energy Procedia158, pp.904-910.
    4. Makanjuola, O., Ahmed, F., Janajreh, I. and Hashaikeh, R., 2019. Development of a dual-layered PVDF-HFP/cellulose membrane with dual wettability for desalination of oily wastewater. Journal of Membrane Science570, pp.418-426.
    5. El Kadi, K., Janajreh, I., Hashaikeh, R. and Ahmed, R., 2019. Refinery processed water treatment via the low energy Direct Contact Membrane Distillation (DCMD). Oil & Gas Science and Technology–Revue d’IFP Energies nouvelles74, p.3.
    6. Alsharief, A., Mustafa, I., AlNahyan, M., Alnaqbi, W. and Almarzooqi, F., 2020. CNT–PVDF freestanding sheets for direct solar evaporation toward continuous desalination applications. Journal of Materials Science, 55(7), pp.2860-2869.
    7. Bahman, M., AlNahyan, M., Mustafa, I. and AlMarzooqi, F., 2019. Effect of pore characteristics in polyvinylidene fluoride/fumed silica membranes on mass flux in solar-assisted evaporation applications. Applied Sciences, 9(15), p.3186.
    8. Mustafa, I., Susantyoko, R., Alshehhi, A., Bahman, M., Alshareif, A., Almheiri, S. and Almarzooqi, F., 2019. Activity of MWCNT sheets and effects of carbonaceous impurities toward the alkaline-based hydrogen evolution reaction. Ionics25(9), pp.4285-4294.
    9. Mavukkandy, M.O., Chabib, C.M., Mustafa, I., Al Ghaferi, A. and AlMarzooqi, F., 2019. Brine management in desalination industry: From waste to resources generation. Desalination472, p.114187.
    10. Russina, M., Günther, G., Grzimek, V., Schlegel, M.C., Veziri, C.M., Karanikolos, G.N., Yamada, T. and Mezei, F., 2019. Nanoscale dynamics and transport in highly ordered low-dimensional water. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 10(20), pp.6339-6344.
    11. Okoro, V., Azimov, U., Munoz, J., Hernandez, H.H. and Phan, A.N., 2019. Microalgae cultivation and harvesting: Growth performance and use of flocculants-A review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews115, p.109364.
    12. Khan, Y. Mohammed, M. Kumar, M. Sillanpaa, H. A. Arafat, A review on exfoliation, characterization, environmental and energy applications of graphene and graphene-based composites, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 273, 102036 (2019).
    13. Thomas, N. Sreedhar, O. Al-Ketan, R. Rowshan, R. Abu Al-Rub, H. A. Arafat, 3D printed spacers based on TPMS architectures for scaling control in membrane distillation, J. Membrane Science, 581, 38-49 (2019)
    14. Castillo, N. Thomas, O. Al-Ketan, R. Rowshan, R. Abu Al-Rub, D. Nghiem, S. Vigneswarana, G. Naidu, H. A. Arafat, 3D printed spacers for organic fouling mitigation in membrane distillation, J. Membrane Science, 581, 331-343 (2019)
    15. Yazgan-Birgi, M. Ali, H. A. Arafat, Comparative performance assessment of flat sheet and hollow fiber DCMD processes using CFD modeling, Separation & Purification Technology, 212, 709-722 (2019)
    16. Yazgan-Birgi, H. A. Arafat, M. Hassan Ali, Implementation of two multiphase flow methods in modeling wetting of microporous hydrophobic membranes, Science of the Total Environment, 691, 1251-1261 (2019).
    17. B. Alkindy, V. Naddeo, F. Banat, S.W. Hasan, Synthesis of polyethersulfone (PES)/GO-SiO2 mixed matrix membranes for oily wastewater treatment, Water Science & Technology (IWA), (2019), 2019347.
    18. Ibrahim, E. Abdulkarim, V. Naddeo, F. Banat, S.W. Hasan, Synthesis of super hydrophilic cellulose-alpha zirconium phosphate ion exchange membrane via surface coating for the removal of heavy metals from wastewater, Science of The Total Environment. 690 (2019), 167–180.
    19. Ibrahim, F. Banat, V. Naddeo, S.W. Hasan, Numerical modeling of integrated OMBR-NF hybrid system for simultaneous wastewater reclamation and brine management, Euro-Mediterranean Journal for Environmental Integration. (2019), 4–23.
    20. Khan, S.J. Khan, S.W. Hasan, Quorum sensing control and wastewater treatment in quorum quenching/submerged membrane electro-bioreactor (SMEBR (QQ)) hybrid system, Biomass and Bioenergy. 128 (2019), 105329.
    21. Borea, B.M.B. Ensano, S.W. Hasan, M. Balakrishnan, V. Belgiorno, M.D.G.de Luna, F.C. Ballesteros Jr, V. Naddeo, Are pharmaceuticals removal and membrane fouling in electromembrane bioreactor affected by current density? Science of The Total Environment. 692 (2019), 732–740.
    22. M.J. Millanar-Marfa, L. Borea, S.W. Hasan, M.D.G.de Luna, F.C. Ballesteros Jr, V. Belgiorno, V. Naddeo, Insights into the formation, characterization and operation of self-forming dynamic membranes for wastewater treatment, Water.
    23. A. Ahmed, M. Elektorowicz, S.W. Hasan, GO, SiO2, and SnO2 nanomaterials as highly efficient adsorbents for Zn2+ from industrial wastewater – A second stage treatment to electrically enhanced membrane bioreactor, Journal of Water Process Engineering. 31 (2019), 100815.
    24. A. Balogun, R. Sulaiman, S.S. Marzouk, A. Giwa, S.W. Hasan, 3D printing and surface imprinting technologies for water treatment: A review, Journal of Water Process Engineering. 31 (2019), 100786.
    25. Al Aani T. Bonny, S.W. Hasan, N. Hilal, Can machine language and artificial intelligence revolutionize process automation for water treatment and desalination? Desalination. 458 (2019), 84–96.
    26. A. ElNaker, S.W. Hasan, A.F. Yousef, Impact of current density on the function and microbial community structure in electro-bioreactors, Journal of Hazardous Materials. 368 (2019), 877–884.
    27. Giwa, S.M. Jung, J. Kong, S.W. Hasan, Combined process of electrically-membrane bioreactor and TiO2 aerogel filtration for efficient wastewater treatment, Journal of Water Process Engineering. 28 (2019), 107–114.
    28. Ullah, J. Ahmad, H. Khan, S.W. Khan, F. Zamani, S.W. Hasan, V.M. Starov, J.W. Chew, Membrane oscillation and slot (pore) blocking in oil-water separation, Chemical Engineering Research and Design. 142 (2019), 111–120.
    29. Akther, S. Daer, Q. Wei, I. Janajreh, S.W. Hasan, Synthesis of polybenzimidazole (PBI) forward osmosis (FO) membrane and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling of concentration gradient across membrane surface, Desalination. 452 (2019), 17–28.
    30. Sulaiman, M.K. Hadj-Kali, S.W. Hasan, S. Mulyono, I.M. AlNashef, Investigating the solubility of chlorophenols in hydrophobic ionic liquids, The Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics. 135 (2019), 97–106.
    31. Sulaiman, I. Adeyemi, S.R. Abraham, S.W. Hasan, I.M. AlNashef, Liquid-liquid extraction of chlorophenols from wastewater using hydrophobic ionic liquids, Journal of Molecular Dynamics. 294 (2019), 111680.
    32. Patón, M. and Rodríguez, J., 2019. A compilation and bioenergetic evaluation of syntrophic microbial growth yields in anaerobic digestion. Water research159, pp.176-183.
    33. Patón, M. and Rodríguez, J., 2019. Integration of bioenergetics in the ADM1 and its impact on model predictions. Water Science and Technology80(2), pp.339-346.
    34. L.Y. Ozer, A. Yusuf, J. M. Uratani, B. Cabal, L. A. Díaz, R. Torrecillas, J. S. Moya, J. Rodríguez, and G. Palmisano, “Water microbial disinfection via supported nAg/Kaolin in a fixed-bed reactor configuration,” Applied Clay Science, vol. 184, p. 105387, Nov. 2019.


    1. M. Mavukkandy, Q. Zaib, H. A. Arafat, CNT/PVP blend PVDF membranes for the removal of organic pollutants from simulated treated wastewater effluent, J. Environmental Chemical Engineering, 6, 6733-6740 (2018).
    2. P. Yazgan-Birgi, M. Ali, J. Swaminathan, J. Lienhard, H.A. Arafat, Computational fluid dynamics modeling for performance assessment of permeate gap membrane distillation, J. Membrane Science, 568, 55-66 (2018).
    3. Y. Ibrahim, H.A. Arafat, T. Mezher, F. Al Marzooqi, An Integrated Framework for Sustainability Assessment of Seawater Desalination, Desalination, 447, 1-17 (2018).
    4. N. Thomas, N. Sreedhar, O. Al-Ketan, R. Rowshan, R. Abu Al-Rub, H.A. Arafat, 3D printed triply periodic minimal surfaces as spacers for enhanced heat and mass transfer in membrane distillation, Desalination, 443, 256-271 (2018).
    5. N. Sreedhar, N. Thomas, O. Al-Ketan, R. Rowshan, H. Hernandez, R. Abu Al-Rub, H.A. Arafat, Mass transfer analysis of ultrafiltration using spacers based on triply periodic minimal surfaces: Effects of spacer design, directionality and voidage, Membrane Science, 561, 89-98 (2018).
    6. T. Agbaje, S. Al-Gharabli, M. Mavukkandy, J. Kujawa, H.A. Arafat, PVDF/magnetite blend membranes for enhanced flux and salt rejection in membrane distillation, Desalination, 436, 69-80 (2018).
    7. P. Yazgan-Birgi, M. Ali, H.A. Arafat, Estimation of liquid entry pressure in hydrophobic membranes using CFD tools, J. Membrane Science, 552, 68-76 (2018).
    8. D. Warsinger, S. Chakraborty, E. Tow, M. Plumlee, C. Bellona, S. Loutatidou, L. Karimi, A. Mikelonis, A. Achilli, A. Ghassemi, L. Padhye, S. Snyder, S. Curcio, C. Vecitis, H.A. Arafat, J. Lienhard, A review of polymeric membranes and processes for potable water reuse, Progress in Polymer Science J., 81, 209-237 (2018).
    9. S. Al-Gharabli, J. Kujawa, M. Mavukkandy, T. Agbaje, E. Hamad, H. A. Arafat, Covalent surface entanglement of polyvinylidene fluoride membranes with carbon nanotubes, European Polymer J., 100, 153-164 (2018).
    10. N. Sreedhar, N. Thomas, O. Al-Ketan, R. Rowshan, H. Hernandez, R. Abu Al-Rub, H.A. Arafat, 3D printed feed spacers based on triply periodic minimal surfaces for flux enhancement and biofouling mitigation in RO and UF, Desalination, 425, 12-21 (2018).
    11. S. Al-Gharabli, M. Mavukkandy, J. Kujawa, S. Nunes, H. A. Arafat, Activation of PVDF membranes through facile hydroxylation of the polymeric dope, in press, J. Materials Research, 32(22), 4219-4231 (2018).
    12. Marbelia, M. Bilad, S. Maes, H.A. Arafat, I. Vankelecom, Polyvinylidene fluoride-based membranes for microalgae filtration, Chemical Engineering and Technology, 41, 1-9 (2018).
    13. S. Al-Gharabli, E. Hamad, M. Saket, Z. Abu El-Rub, H.A. Arafat, W. Kujawski, J. Kujawa, Advanced Material-Ordered nano-tubular ceramic membranes covalently capped with single-wall carbon nanotubes, Materials, 11, 739; doi:10.3390/ma11050739 (2018).
    14. C. Baeza Elizalde, S. Al-Gharabli, J. Kujawa, M. Mavukkandy, S. Hasan, H.A. Arafat, Fabrication of blend polyvinylidene fluoride/chitosan membranes for enhanced flux and fouling resistance, Separation and Purification Technology, 190, 98-76 (2018).
    15. S.F. Anis, B.S. Lalia, G. Palmisano, R. Hashaikeh, Photoelectrochemical activity of electrospun WO3/NiWO4nanofibers under visible light irradiation, J. Materials Science, 53, 2208-2220 (2018).
    16. M.J. Torralvo-Fernández, E. Enciso, S. Martínez, I. Subgrade, J. Sanz, D. Tonti, J. Soria, S. Yurdakal, G. Palmisano, V. Augugliaro, Influence of the preparation temperature on the photocatalytic activity of 3D macroporous anatase formed with an opal polymer template, ACS Applied Nano Materials, 1, 2567-2578 (2018).
    17. C. Garlisi, C.Y. Lai, L. George, M. Chiesa, G. Palmisano, Relating photoelectrochemistry and wettability of sputtered Cu- and N-doped TiO2thin films via an integrated approach, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122, 12369-12376 (2018).
    18. D.T. García, L.Y. Ozer, F. Parrino, M. Ahmed, G. P. Brudecki, S.W. Hasan, G. Palmisano, Photocatalytic ozonation under visible light for the remediation of water effluents and its integration with an electro-membrane bioreactor, Chemosphere, 209, 534-541 (2018).
    19. A. Yusuf, C. Garlisi, G. Palmisano, Overview on microfluidic reactors in photocatalysis: applications of graphene derivatives, Catalysis Today, 315, 79-92 (2018).
    20. N. Akther, S. Daer, S.W. Hasan, Effect of flow rate, draw solution concentration and temperature on the performance of TFC FO membrane, and the potential use of RO reject brine as a draw solution in FO-RO hybrid systems, Desalination and Water Treatment, 1-8(2018).
    21. N.A. ElNaker, S.W. Hasan, A.F. Yousef, Impact of current density on the function and microbial community structure in electro-bioreactors, Hazardous Materials (2018).
    22. S. Mansour, A. Giwa, S.W. Hasan. Novel graphene nanoplatelets-coated polyethylene membrane for the treatment of reject brine by pilot-scale direct contact membrane distillation: An optimization study, Desalination, 441, 9-20(2018).
    23. Giwa, S.W. Hasan, Novel thermosiphon-powered reverse osmosis: Techno-economic model for renewable energy and fresh water recovery, Desalination, 435, 152160(2018).
    24. A. Giwa, S.W. Hasan. Nucleophilic-functionalized β-cyclodextrin-polyethersulfone structures from facile lamination process as nanoporous membrane active layers for wastewater post-treatment: Molecular implications, J. Membrane Science, 563, 914-925(2018).
    25. B.B. Ashoor, A. Giwa, T. Ouarda, S.W. Hasan, Adel Mhamdi, Multivariable statistical analysis for enhancing performance indicators in direct contact membrane distillation, Desalination and Water Treatment, 113, 45-56(2018).
    26. T. Garcia, L.Y. Ozer, F. Parrino, M. Ahmed, G.P. Brudecki, S.W. Hasan, G. Palmisano, Photocatalytic ozonation under visible light for the remediation of water effluents and its integration with an electro-membrane bioreactor, Chemosphere, 209, 534-541(2018)
    27. N.A. ElNaker, A.F. Yousef, S.W. Hasan, Effect of hydraulic retention time and current density on microbial community structure in wastewater treatment electrobioreactors, Microbiology Open, 7, 1-10 (2018).
    28. N.A. ElNaker, S.W. Hasan, M. Elektorowicz, A.F. Yousef,Assessment of microbial community structure and function in serially passaged wastewater electro-bioreactor sludge: An approach to enhance sludge settleability, Scientific Reports, 8, 1-14 (2018).
    29. W. Ahmed, J. Rodríguez, Modelling sulfate reduction in anaerobic digestion: Complexity evaluation and parameter calibration,Water Research, 130, 255-262 (2018).
    30. S. Yin, K. Chen, C. Srinivasakannan, S. Guo, S. Li, J. Peng, L. Zhang, Enhanced recovery of ammonia from rare earth wastewater by air stripping combination of microwave heating and high gravity technology, Chemical Engineering J., 337, 515-521 (2018).
    31. K.S.K. Reddy, A.Al Shoaibi, C. Srinivasakannan, Mercury removal using metal sulfide porous carbon complex, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 114, 153-158 (2018).
    32. C. Xiong, S. Wang, L. Zhang, Y. Li, C. Srinivasakannan, J. Peng, Preparation and application of phosphinic acid functionalized nanosilica for the effective removal of mercury (II) in aqueous solutions, Sol-Gel Science and Technology, 1-13 (2018).
    33. B. Rubahamya, K.S.K. Reddy, A.A. Shoaibi, C. Srinivasakannan, Porous carbon nitrification process optimization for enhanced benzene adsorption fullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures, 26, 16-22 (2018).
    34. B. Rubahamya, K.S.K. Reddy, A. Al Shoaibi, C. Srinivasakannan, Enhanced separation of Toluene and Xylene through surface modified porous carbon matrix, fullerenes, Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures, 26, 205-209(2018).
    35. J. Liu, C. Srinivasakannan, L. Zhang, C. Liu, S. Cheng, C. Liu, Regenerating mercurous chloride-loaded porous carbon complex through steam-induced thermal activation, Materials Research Express, 5, 095601 (2018).
    36. Z. Sun, X. Duan, C. Srinivasakannan, X. Wang, Preparation, optimization and characterization of carbon fibers adsorbent from cotton by microwave induced ZnCl2 activation, Science of Advanced Materials, 10, 724-733 (2018).
    37. S. Yin, J. Pei, F. Jiang, S. Li, J. Peng, L. Zhang, S. Ju, C. Srinivasakannan, Ultrasound-assisted leaching of rare earths from the weathered crust elution-deposited ore using magnesium sulfate without ammonia-nitrogen pollution, Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 41, 156-162 (2018).
    38. S. Yin, K. Chen, C. Srinivasakannan, S. Guo, S. Li, J. Peng, L. Zhang, Enhancing recovery of ammonia from rare earth wastewater by air stripping combination of microwave heating and high gravity technology, Chemical Engineering J., 337, 515-521 (2018).
    39. T.Alsamad, M.Almazrouei, M.N. Hussain, I.Janajreh, Modeling of thermochemical conversion of glycerol: pyrolysis and H2O and CO2 gasification,  Waste and Biomass Valorization, 9, 2361-2371(2018).   
    40. I.Janajreh, M.N. Hussain, R. Hashaikeh, R.Ahmed, Thermal efficiency enhancement of the direct contact membrane distillation: Conductive layer integration and geometrical undulation, Applied Energy, 227, 7-17 (2018).
    41. O. Makanjuola, I.Janajreh,R. Hashaikeh, Novel technique for fabrication of electrospun membranes with high hydrophobicity retention, Desalination 436, 98-106(2018).
    42. M.N.Hussain, I.Janajreh, Acousto-chemical analysis in multi-transducer sonochemical
    43. B. Kueh, M. Kapsi, C. Veziri, C. Athanasekou, G. Pilatos, K. S.K. Reddy, A. Raj, G.N. Karanikolos, Asphaltene-Derived Activated Carbon and Carbon Nanotube Membranes for CO2 Separation”, Energy and  Fuels, 32, 11718–11730 (2018).
    44. G. Basina, D. AlShami, K. Polychronopoulou, V. Tzitzios, V. Balasubramanian, F. Dawaymeh, G.N. Karanikolos, Y. Al Wahedi, Hierarchical AlPO4-5 and SAPO-5 microporous molecular sieves with mesoporous connectivity for water sorption applications,Surface and Coatings Technology, 353, 378-386 (2018).
    45. S. Anastasiou, N. Bhoria J. Pokhrel K.S.K. Reddy, C. Srinivasakannan, K. Wang, G.N. Karanikolos, Metal-organic framework/graphene oxide composite fillers in mixed-matrix membranes for CO2 separation, Materials Chemistry & Physics, 212, 513-522 (2018).
    46. J. Pokhrel, N. Bhoria, Chao Wu, K.S.K. Reddy, H. Margetis, S. Anastasiou, G. George, V. Mittal, G. Romanos, D. Karonis, G.N. Karanikolos, Cu- and Zr-based Metal organic frameworks and their composites with graphene oxide for capture of acid gases at ambient temperature,J. Solid State Chem., 266, 233-243 (2018).
    47. Polychronopoulou, M.Abi Jaoude, Nano-architectural advancement of CeO2-driven catalysis via electrospinning, Surface and Coatings Technology, 350, 245-280 (2018).
    48. H. Abunahla, M.A. Jaoude, C.J. O’Kelly, Y. Halawani, M. Al-Qutayri, S.F. Al-Sarawi, B. Mohammad, Switching characteristics of microscale unipolar Pd/Hf/HfO2/Pd memristors, Microelectronic Engineering 185/186, 35-42(2018).
    49. C.P. Pal, F. Banat, M.A. Haija, Enhanced removal of mixed metal ions from aqueous solutions using flotation by colloidal gas aphrons stabilized with sodium alginate, Separation and Purification Technology, 202, 103-110 (2018).
    50. E.I. Shittu, J. Zain, F. Banat, M. A. Haija, Novel magnetic coffee waste nanocomposite as effective bioadsorbent for Pb (II) removal from aqueous solutions, Environmental Chemical Engineering, 6, 2390-2400 (2018).


    1. S. Al-Gharabli, J. Kujawa, M. Mavukkandy, H.A. Arafat, Functional groups docking on PVDF membranes: Novel Piranha approach, European Polymer J., 96, 414-428 (2017).
    2. N. Thomas, M. Mavukkandy, S. Loutatidou, H. A. Arafat, Membrane distillation research & implementation: Lessons from the past five decades, Separation and Purification Technology, 189, 108-127 (2017).
    3. A. Giwa, S. Chakraborty, M. Mavukkandy, H. A. Arafat, S. Hasan, Nanoporous hollow fiber polyethersulfone membranes for the removal of residual contaminants from treated wastewater effluent: Functional and molecular implications, Separation and Purification Technology, 189, 20-31 (2017).
    4. S. Al-Gharabli, W. Kujawski, H.A. Arafat, J. Kujawa, Tunable separation via chemical functionalization of polyvinylidenefluoride membranes using piranha reagent, Membrane Science, 541, 567-579 (2017).
    5. M. Mavukkandy, M. Bilad, J. Kujawa, S. Al-Gharabli, H.A. Arafat, On the effect of fumed silica particles on the structure, properties and application of PVDF membranes, Separation & Purification Technology, 187, 365-373 (2017).
    6. D. Warsinger, A. Servi, G. Connors, M. Mavukkandy, H.A. Arafat, K. Gleason, J. Lienhard, Reversing membrane wetting in membrane distillation: comparing dryout to backwashing with pressurized air, Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 3, 930-939, (2017).
    7. S. Loutatidou, N. Liosis, R. Pohl, T. Ouarda, H.A. Arafat, Wind-powered desalination for strategic water storage: techno-economic assessment of concept, Desalination, 408, 36-51 (2017).
    8. E. Farrell, M. I. Hassan, R. Tufa, A. Tuomiranta, A. Avci, A. Politano, E. Curcio, H.A. Arafat, Reverse Electrodialysis powered greenhouse concept for water- and energy-self-sufficient agriculture, Applied Energy, 87, 390-409 (2017).
    9. M. Ashraf, J. Schmidt, J. Kujawa, W. Kujawski, H. A. Arafat, One-dimensional modeling of pervaporation systems using a semi-empirical flux model, Separation and Purification Technology, 174, 502-512 (2017).
    10. A. Politano, A. Pietro, G. Di Profio, V. Sanna, A. Cupolillo, S. Chakraborty, H. Arafat, E. Curcio, Photothermal membrane distillation for seawater desalination, Advanced Materials, 29, 1603504 (2017).
    11. A. Servi, E. Guillen-Burrieza, D. Warsinger, W. Livernois, K. Notarangelo, J. Kharraz, J. Lienhard, H. A. Arafat, K. Gleason, The effects of iCVD film thickness and conformality on the permeability and wetting of MD membranes, Membrane Science, 523, 470-479 (2017).
    12. S. Chakraborty, S. Loutatidou, G. Palmisano, J. Kujawa, M. Mavukkandy, S. Al-Gharabli, E. Curcio, H. A. Arafat, Photocatalytic hollow fiber membranes for the degradation of pharmaceutical compounds in wastewater, J. Environmental Chemical Engineering 5, 5014-5024 (2017).
    13. F. AlMarzooqi, M. Bilad, H.A. Arafat, Improving liquid entry pressure of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membranes by exploiting the role of fabrication parameters in vapor-induced phase separation (VIPS) and non-solvent-induced phase separation (NIPS) processes, Applied Sciences, 7, 181 (2017).
    14. O. Pikuda, C. Garlisi, G. Scandura, G. Palmisano, Micro-mesoporous N-doped brookite-rutile TiO2 as efficient catalysts for water remediation under UV-free visible LED radiation, Catalysis, 346, 109-116 (2017).
    15. G. Palmisano, C. Garlisi, Influence of oxygen partial pressure on wettability and photocatalytic properties of TiO2 films grown by RF magnetron sputtering, Chemistry Today, 35, 15-17 (2017).
    16. L.Y. Ozer, C. Garlisi, H. Oladipo, M. Pagliaro, S.A. Sharief, A.Y.S. AlMheiri, G. Palmisano, Inorganic semiconductors-graphene composites in photo(electro)catalysis: synthetic strategies, interaction mechanisms and applications, Photochemistry and Photobiology C: Photochemistry Reviews, 33, 132-164 (2017).
    17. L.Y. Ozer, Y. Shin, A. Felten, H. Oladipo, O. Pikuda, C. Muryn, C. Casiraghi, G. Palmisano, Growing N-doped multiphase TiO2 nanocomposites on reduced graphene oxide: characterization and activity under low energy visible radiation, J. Environmental Chemical Engineering, 5, 5091-5098 (2017).
    18. G. Scandura, R. Ciriminna, L.Y. Ozer, F. Meneguzzo, G. Palmisano, M. Pagliaro, Antifouling and photocatalytic antibacterial activity of the AquaSun coating in seawater and related media, ACS Omega, 2, 7568-7575 (2017).
    19. A. Giwa, S.W. Hasan, Introducing membrane specie permeability coefficient and economic assessment of polycomposite membrane bioreactor integrated with electric field, Water Process Engineering, 19, 338-345 (2017).
    20. M.A. Ahmed, S.W. Hasan, Fe and Zn removal from industrial wastewater using electrically-enhanced membrane bioreactor, Desalination and Water Treatment 93, 9-21 (2017).
    21. A. Giwa, S.W. Hasan, A. Yousuf, S. Chakraborty, D.J. Johnson, N. Hilal, Biomimetic membranes: A critical review of recent progress, Desalination, 420, 403–424 (2017).
    22. A.H. Hawari, M. Elamin, A. Benamor, S.W. Hasan, M.A. Ayari, M. Electorowicz, Fuzzy logic-based model to predict the impact of flow rate and turbidity on the performance of multimedia filters, Environmental Engineering. 143, 04017065 (2017).
    23. E. Abdulkarem, I. Ahmed, M.R.M. Abu-Zahra, S.W. Hasan, Electrokinetic pretreatment of seawater to decrease the Ca2+, Mg2+, SO42- and bacteria contents in membrane desalination applications, Desalination, 403 (2017), 107–116.
    24. A. Giwa, V. Dufour, F. Al Marzooqi, M. Alkaabi, S.W. Hasan, Brine management methods: Recent innovations and current status, Desalination, 407, 1-23 (2017).
    25. A. Giwa, S.W. Hasan, Statistical correlation analysis and energy consumption of electrically-enhanced membrane bioreactor for wastewater treatment, Desalination and Water Treatment, 68 60-69 (2017).
    26. I. Janajreh, K. El Kadi, R. Hashaikeh, R. Ahmed, Numerical investigation of air gap membrane distillation (AGMD): Seeking optimal performance, Desalination, 424, 122-130 (2017).
    27. N. Hamdan, M. Abu Haija, F. Banat, Heterogeneous catalytic degradation of phenol by a fenton-type reaction using copper ferrites (CuFe2O4), Desalination and Water Treatment, 69, 268-283 (2017).
    28. S. Munirasu, F. Banat, A. Durrani, M. Abu Haija, Intrinsically superhydrophobic PVDF membrane by phase inversion for membrane distillation, Desalination, 417, 77-86 (2017).
    KU students present an innovative solution to meet the challenges of seawater desalination

    Sustainable mechanical pressure converter for water desalination that has been designed and fabricated in KU was presented as a promising sustainable desalination system at 2018 Global Grad Show in Dubai Design Week.

    Eighty percent of the water consumed in the UAE is generated by water desalination facilities. The current seawater desalination technologies are both expensive and energy intensive. The sustainable mechanical pressure converter developed by the KU students provides an innovative and sustainable alternative for seawater desalination. The mechanical pressure converter reduces the need for power or fossil fuels by utilizing a hydraulic device that transforms wind energy into the pressure required by membrane desalination to generate fresh water. The project was well-aligned with UAE’s long term goals related to water scarcity, energy consumption and sustainability in the country.

    Getting the word out – CMAT faculties organized international workshops and seminars to disseminate research findings and inculcate knowledge sharing

    A one-day international workshop titled “Advances in Membrane Science and Water Technologies Supporting Sustainable Water Supply” was conducted on March 18, 2019 and included lectures by the advisory board members of CMAT. The workshop was attended by KU faculty and students, members of UAE industry and public utilities sectors and visitors from other countries.

    Dr. Giovanni Palmisano organized a seminar titled “Design of Titania Supported Systems for Photocatalytic Air and Water Cleaning”, by Dr. Natasa Novak Tusar, Group Leader for Catalysis – Design and Development of Porous Catalysts for Environmental and Energy Technologies, Department for Inorganic Chemistry and Technology, National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana (11 Apr 2019). Furthermore, he also organized a workshop titled “Photocatalysis – Advances in Water and Environmental Remediation” and two seminars on Photocatalysis by Dr. Albin Pintar and Dr. Gregor Zerjav, Researchers at the National Institute of Chemistry, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Dr. Hector H. Hernandez hosted a visit from Dr. Ulugbek Azimov and Dr. Jose Munoz along with two students from Northumbria University (3-10 March 2019).

    Dr. Hector H. Hernandez organized an afternoon research workshop on the potential for collaboration between Northumbria University and Khalifa University on next generation biobased fuels. Faculty from both Northumbria University and Khalifa University presented their research with the day ending in a round table discussion on opportunities for collaboration efforts (5 March 2019).

    Prof. Ngai Yip, from Columbia Univ. (USA), was hosted for a 7-day research visit by CMAT under a US National Academy of Science Arab American Frontiers Research Fellowship. During his visit, he conducted a workshop titled “Fundamentals and Recent Advances in Membrane distillation” (Apr 2019).

    CMAT researchers cultivate learning opportunities: A visiting student, Ms. Hanaa Baniowda, hosted by CMAT participated in exciting membrane research

    Ms. Hanaa Baniowda, from An-Najah National University, Palestine spent the summer assisting CMAT Research Scientist, Dr. Mahendra Kumar for a three-month internship. The collaboration and internship opportunity has produced high-quality research that is currently being considered in a high-impact factor journal. During the internship, she was trained on membrane fabrication, nanomaterial synthesis and material characterization.

    The world constantly confronts an intensified problem of water scarcity, partly due to contamination of many existing freshwater sources. Membrane-based separation processes such as ultrafiltration (UF) are instrumental in handling polluted surface water from different sources, and producing good quality drinking water.

    Nonetheless, membrane processes used in such applications suffer from fouling issues, caused by compounds such as natural organic matter (NOM) in water. In this research, high performance hybrid UF membranes with charge tunable channels were fabricated. The hybrid membranes were synthesized with functionalized polymer chains grafted on graphene oxide nanosheets. These membranes were observed to exhibit superior flux, fouling resistance and NOM retention performance. This research would potentially pave way for the development of other types of functionalized polymer chains grafted nanofillers for membrane fabrication.