Pore structure characterization; enhanced oil recovery; modelling two-phase flow in porous media; contaminant transport in porous media.
Nanotechnology; biomaterials; biomedical engineering; drug and gene delivery; colloid and surface science; interfacial engineering; polymer and biopolymer synthesis.
Synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials: electrocatalysis; composite membranes; proton exchange membrane fuel cells; alkaline fuel cells; lithium ion batteries; zinc-air batteries; clear water and clear energy technology.
Separation technologies; hollow fibers; synthetic membranes and membrane processes; membrane-based contactors and reactors; adsorption separation.
Development of self-assembled polymeric nanoparticles for the delivery of conventional small molecule therapeutic agents. Our technology aims to improve the therapeutic index of currently available drugs by optimizing their efficacy and toxicity, and to improve the solubility and stability of drug entities that have been stalled in preclinical trials because of suboptimal biochemical properties. Also specialize in designing and optimizing the processes in nanoparticle manufacturing, which include particle formation, collection, drying and sterilization.
Enzyme reaction engineering; wood pulp characterization; food processing and waste reutilization; membrane filtration processes; polymeric membrane barrier properties.
Catalytic distillation; catalyst development for hydrocarbon processing; heavy oil and emulsion upgrading; recycling of plastics.
Rheology of dispersions (emulsions, suspensions, emulsions with added solids); flow of dispersions in pipelines and other process equipment; stability and demulsification of oil/water emulsions; column flotation; flow measurement of multi-phase fluids.
Electrochemistry of metallurgical and acqueous systems; modeling of hydrometallurgical and electrochemical processes; industrial wastewater treatment.
Nano-structured systems from templating process; enhanced drug delivery systems; Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP); stimuli responsive polymeric systems; polymer-surfactant interactions; associative polymers for environmentally friendly coatings; magnetic nanoparticles for novel separation processes.