Membranes and Renewable Energy Research Group

Research fields:

Design, fabrication, modification and characterization of different types of membranes

  • Dense, porous, symmetric or asymmetric membranes
  • Flat-sheet, hollow fiber or nano-fibrous membranes
  • Modification: Interfacial polymerization, nano-composites, functionalized nano-additives, etc.
  • Characterization: Different techniques (SEM-EDS, AFM, XRD, FTIR-ATR, XPS, DSC, contact angle measurement, porosity, pore size, gas and liquid permeabilities, etc.
  • Design and preparation of membrane modules: plate and frame, spiral wound, tubular, capillary and hollow fiber membrane modules for different separation processes.

Membrane Processes

  • Reverse osmosis (RO), forward osmosis (FO), nanofiltration (NF), ultrafiltration (UF), microfiltration (MF), membrane distillation (MD), pervaporation (PV), etc.

Applications: desalination, wastewater treatment, concentration of different solutes, gas and liquid separations, etc.


  • Nano-composites, nano-fibers, micro-spheres, etc. for biomedical applications.

Renewable energies: thermal collectors and photovoltaic panels technology

  • Solar irradiance measurements, energy storage, energy efficiency and fuel cells.

Transport phenomena, theoretical models and optimization of different processes

  • Statistical experimental designs, Response Surface Methodology (RSM), artificial neuronal network (ANN), etc.

Thermal properties

  • Thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity measurements by the transient hot-wire method of nano-fluids, nano-composites and phase change materials (PCMs) (carbon nano-tubes, grafene, hydrocarbons, paraffin, etc.).




Mohamed Khayet Souhaimi (Director);

Phone: +34 91 394 51 85;


Carmen García Payo, José María Ortiz de Zárate, Carlos Armenta Déu, Mª Cruz de Andrés, Mohamed Essalhi, Loreto García Fernández, Paula Arribas Fernández, Julio Antonio Sanmartino Rodríguez, Miguel Ángel López Manchado.