PhD Students

Denys Pavlenko

Tel: +31 53 4893272
Room: Zuidhorst 234


The first successful kidney transplantation was performed 60 years ago and still remains the treatment of choice for the patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Organ replacement therapy provides a better quality of life and low mortality rate, however, due to the significant lack of donor organs an average waiting time for the donor kidney varies between three and five years. During this waiting period most of the ESRD patients are strongly dependent on the dialysis treatment. The dialysis is usually performed using the hemodialysis module, which is often referred as artificial kidney.

The aim of the current project is to develop a prototype artificial kidney device which will enable prolonged and continuous removal of blood toxins. Mixed matrix membranes (MMM) will be employed as a concept in order to achieve beneficial combination of adsorption and filtration in one step. Various polymers will be investigated as the membrane forming material and different types of the sorbents (activated carbon, zeolites, urea sorbents) will be incorporated in the membrane matrix.

Pictures are adopted from: Tijink, M. S. L., et al. (2013). Biomaterials 34(32): 7819-7828
The project is the part of EU Marie Curie Innovative training network (ITN) entitled “BIOART” (FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN)


2013 - Present

Phd student at BST group
Department of Science and Technology
University of Twente, The Netherlands

2011 - 2013

Erasmus Mundus Master in Membrane Engineering
University of Montpellier 2, France; University Paul Sabatier, France; Institute of Chemical Technology Prague, Czech republic; University of Twente, The Netherlands

2009 - 2011

MSc in Chemistry
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla academy”, Ukraine;

2005 - 2009

BSc in Chemistry
National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla academy”, Ukraine.