In a recent research conducted by Qatar University (QU), the research focusses on the oil/water separation properties by developed polymer nanocomposite membranes containing specialized nanomaterials that can resist the biofouling.
Due to the significance of this research in industrial sector, it was highlighted by a feature in the Nature Middle East, which is a comprehensive portal for information on scientific and medical research in the Middle East.
This project is a rewarding experience allowed Qatar University – Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) – researchers to put their theoretical research into a live environment with industrial partners, to find solutions that overcome their challenges. Specifically, the project came to success with the collaboration with research teams from the University of Houston (UH), United States, and the Global Water Sustainability Center, ConocoPhillips, Qatar (GWSC, ConocoPhillips).
This research work was conducted by a Master Student of Qatar University as part of his thesis. Ali El-Samak was the student (graduate assistant program) from the materials science and technology program. Under the guidance of a team consists of Prof. Mariam Al-Maadeed, Dr. Mohammad K Hassan (from QU), Prof. Alamgir Karim (UH) and Dr. Samer Adham (GWSC, ConocoPhillips), he was able to present this work in a nanomaterial conference in the Netherlands as well as in an international water and energy nexus conference in Qatar. Additionally, this work has earned Ali, the Outstanding Thesis Award by the College of Arts and Sciences.
This project is funded by Qatar University Graduate Assistant Research program and by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)
Source: QATAR UNIVERSITY