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M.I. Baig MSc (Irshad)

Researcher

About Me

I am working as a Post-doctoral scientific researcher in the Membrane Surface Science group of the MST Cluster where I develop aqueous phase separation membranes in a sustainable approach.

Expertise

Engineering & Materials Science
Complexation
Membranes
Nanocomposites
Phase Separation
Polyelectrolytes
Thin Films
Water Vapor
Chemistry
Water Vapor

Research

Membrane-based separation processes are applied extensively in a number of industries such as desalination plants, pharmaceuticals, petrochemical, food processing, and so on. Polymeric membranes have proved themselves to be a cost-effective and efficient alternative to inorganic and ceramic membranes. 

The existing polymer membranes are prepared using a non-solvent induced phase separation process (NIPS) which requires an environmentally unfriendly solvent such as N-methyl-pyrrolidone. The membranes prepared by this method have an asymmetric structure with a dense layer on top with a microporous support layer that provides mechanical support. Using such reprotoxic solvents is an environmental concern due to their harmful nature and expensive cleaning cycles. Therefore, polymer membranes need to be developed using an alternative approach that relies purely on non-toxic solvents.

During my PhD, I developed membranes based on a novel approach that uses water as a solvent. The aim of my work was to propose a new method of membrane preparation using polyelectrolyte complexation as a viable alternative to NIPS. In my post-doc, I am continuing the research on sustainable membranes.

Publications

Recent
Baig, M. I. (2021). Sustainable Polyelectrolyte Complex Membranes Produced via Aqueous Phase Separation. [PhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente]. University of Twente. https://doi.org/10.3990/1.9789036552417
Baig, M. I., Ingole, P. G., Jeon, J. D., Hong, S. U., Choi, W. K., Jang, B., & Lee, H. K. (2019). Water vapor selective thin film nanocomposite membranes prepared by functionalized Silicon nanoparticles. Desalination, 451, 59-71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2017.06.005
Ingole, P. G., Sohail, M., M.Abou-Elanwar, A. , Baig, M. I., Jeon, J., Choi, W., Kim, H., & Lee, H-K. (2018). Water vapor separation from flue gas using MOF incorporated thin film nanocomposite hollow fiber membranes. Chemical Engineering Journal, 334, 2450-2458. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2017.11.123

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Education

Education

2017 - 2021: PhD, Membrane Science and Technology Cluster, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

2014 - 2016: MSc in Advanced Energy and Technology, Korea University of Science and Technology, Daejeon, South Korea.

2009 - 2013: BSc in Materials Engineering, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Pakistan.

Experience

2021 - present: Postdoctoral researcher, Membrane Science and Technology Cluster, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands

2016 - 2017: Assistant Researcher, Low Carbon Process Laboratory, Korea Institute of Energy Research, Daejeon, 34129, South Korea.

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room ME329
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst Complex  ME329
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands