M.I. Baig PhD (Irshad)

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.


Engineering & Materials Science
Phase Separation
Thin Films
Water Vapor
Water Vapor


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.


Baig, M. I. , & de Vos, W. M. (2023). Aqueous phase separation technology. In Green Membrane Technologies towards Environmental Sustainability (pp. 295-340). Elsevier. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-95165-4.00011-2
Nickisch, R. , de Vos, W. M., Meier, M. A. R. , & Baig, M. I. (2023). Removal of Transition-Metal Ions by Metal-Complexing Polythiosemicarbazone Membranes. ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 5(9), 7240-7251. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsapm.3c01192
Baig, M. I., Pejman, M. , Willott, J. D., Tiraferri, A. , & De Vos, W. M. (2022). Polyelectrolyte Complex Hollow Fiber Membranes Prepared via Aqueous Phase Separation. ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 4(2), 1010-1020. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsapm.1c01464
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., & Lee, H. K. (2019). Water vapor transport properties of interfacially polymerized thin film nanocomposite membranes modified with graphene oxide and GO-TiO2 nanofillers. Chemical Engineering Journal, 373, 1190-1202. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cej.2019.05.122
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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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.


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.

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7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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