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M.I. Baig MSc (Muhammad)

PhD Candidate / PhD Student

About Me

I am working as a PhD student in the Membrane Science and Technology Cluster with the project to develop novel polymeric membranes for various applications. After completing my Masters from University of Science and Technology, South Korea, I worked as a Researcher in Korea Institute of Energy Research where my work focused on incorporation of nanoparticles in composite membranes for dehumidification.

Research

Membrane based separation processes are applied extensively in a number of industries such as desalination plants, pharmaceutical, 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.The use of such reprotoxic solvents is an environmental concern due to their harmful nature and expensive cleaning cycles. Therefore, there is a need to develop polymer membranes using an alternative approach which relies purely on non-toxic solvents.

During my PhD I will develop membranes based on a novel approach which uses non-toxic solvents to prepare polymer membranes. The aim of my work is to propose a new method of membrane preparation using polyelectrolyte complexation as a viable alternative to NIPS. 

Publications

Recent Articles
Ingole, P. G., Baig, M. I., Choi, W., An, X., Choi, W. K., Jeon, J. D., & Lee, H. K. (2017). Synthesis of superhydrophilic Nafion based nanocomposite hollow fiber membranes for water vapor separation. Chemical engineering research and design (Transactions of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, part A), 127, 45-51. DOI: 10.1016/j.cherd.2017.09.003
Ingole, P. G., Baig, M. I., Choi, W., An, X., Choi, W. K., & Lee, H. K. (2017). Role of functional nanoparticles to enhance the polymeric membrane performance for mixture gas separation. Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 48, 5-15. DOI: 10.1016/j.jiec.2016.09.041
Baig, M. I., Ingole, P. G., Jeon, J. D., Hong, S. U., Choi, W. K., Jang, B., & Lee, H. K. (2017). Water vapor selective thin film nanocomposite membranes prepared by functionalized Silicon nanoparticles. Desalination. DOI: 10.1016/j.desal.2017.06.005
Baig, M. I., Ingole, P. G., Choi, W. K., Park, S. R., Kang, E. C., & Lee, H. K. (2016). Development of carboxylated TiO2incorporated thin film nanocomposite hollow fiber membranes for flue gas dehydration. Journal of membrane science, 514, 622-635. DOI: 10.1016/j.memsci.2016.05.017
Baig, M. I., Ingole, P. G., Choi, W. K., Park, S. R., Kang, E. C., & Lee, H. K. (2016). Water vapor permeation behavior of interfacially polymerized polyamide thin film on hollow fiber membrane substrate. Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 60, 623-635. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtice.2015.11.010

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Education

Education

2014-2016: Master of Engineering in Advanced Energy and Technology, Korea University of Science and Technology, Daejeon, 34113, South Korea.

2009-2013: Bachelors of Science in Materials Engineering, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi 23460. Pakistan.

Experience

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 - Meander (building no. 27), room 329
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst - Meander  329
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands