in her paper, Elif DURMAZ explains how she used SALINITY CHANGE to induce AQUEOUS PHASE SEPARATION, and in turn fabricate novel Polyelectrolyte Complex Membranes! 



Anna Marie's new review on the 'Recent Developments and Practical Feasibility of Polymer‐Based Antifouling Coatings' is online!

Irshad bags the first prize at NAMS 2020 for his poster!

Muhammad Irshad Baig presented a poster titled “Polyelectrolyte complexation induced Aqueous Phase Separation for the next generation of sustainable membranes” at the North American Membrane Society (NAMS 2020) conference for which he received the Best Poster Award in the ‘Processes’ category.  In this poster, Irshad highlights a new approach to prepare Aqueous  Phase Separation membranes using a combination of a strong and a weak polyelectrolytes.

HOT OFF THE PRESS! Check out Wouter Nielen's latest article

Wouter's work on 'Aqueous Phase Separation of Responsive Copolymers for Sustainable and Mechanically Stable Membranes' is up for viewing!


the LATEST article by Josh and Wouter is online!

Irshaid Baig's New publication in Advanced Functional materials!

And that's how we celebrated EsRa's Last day at work


Ameya Bysani wins 2nd prize of the David reinhoudt poster award!

David Reinhoudt Poster Award

News off the press! new Papers by Ettore Virga, Janneke Dickhout and Zamidi Ahmad

MSuS Day OUT! Activities, Lots of fun, and great food :)

MSuS Day Out 2019!
The group picture!
Treadmill bike experience :)
The virtual treasure hunt
The winners :)
The five-course dinner, Wiebe's warm words, and a feeling of togetherness!
So close, yet so far!

Golfing in the woods 

The ever-so-happy boss!
Celebrity of the day
5 new masters in Membrane Engineering!

The MST cluster is proud to announce that on the 12th of July, 5 students successfully defended their MSc thesis. These students are all part of the Erasmus Mundus Master in Membrane Engineering for a Sustainable World (EM3E-4SW), a European MSc program run by 6 universities from 5 European countries. Three of the five students performed their final MSc project within the MSuS group. We congratulate Micah, Fei, Fatima, Jomuel, and Sajjad with their degree and wish them well. In the picture, the five students are with their supervisors. 

Dr. Wiebe de Vos has featured in the crew of eye-openers! Eye-openers is an online stage for talented young scientists. Here they tell about their research, what's it about, what inspires them and what they're dreaming of. In clear language, visually stunning and in one minute only. Click the link below to watch what Wiebe has to say:

MSuS heartily welcomes three new Ph.D. candidates JurjenLily, and Tao to the group!  


PhD defense of Jannecke Dickhout


Janneke Dickhout was a PhD student in the Soft Matter, Fluidics and Interfaces Group. Her supervisor was prof.dr. R.G.H. Lammertink from the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Produced water (PW) is the largest waste stream from the petrochemical industry (about 3 barrels of PW per barrel of oil). PW is an oil-in-water emulsion containing dispersed and dissolved hydrocarbons, surface-active compounds, solid particles and usually has a high salinity. This complex mixture has to be treated before the water can be disposed or re-used, and membrane treatment is a viable method to achieve this. Membranes, however, suffer from fouling, but the extent to which this results from the many different components in PW and/or from interactions between these many components is poorly understood. This is worrying, as understanding of the causes and mechanisms of membrane fouling, is essential to develop the membrane materials and membrane processes that would allow successful PW treatment.

The aim of this thesis is to create increased understanding regarding membrane fouling by oil-in-water emulsions.  The adhesion of oil droplets in an emulsion to a model surface was studied visually in a flow cell and compared to membrane filtration experiments using the same emulsion. It was found that the interaction between the salt concentration and surfactant type of the emulsion plays an important role in membrane fouling. Understanding this interaction is key to work towards new and improved membrane applications in challenging feed streams, such as PW.

PHD defense of Terica Sinclair

Terica Sinclair, who worked on "Virus Control by Enhanced Physical Separation", received her Doctorate on the 31st of May, 2018. She was a Ph.D. student in MSuS, in collaboration with Wetsus, and was supervised by H.D.W. Roesink and prof.dr. A.M. de Roda Husman. 

Her research involved the modification of MF membranes for enhanced pathogen removal for drinking water treatment. By using these modified membranes, drinking water purification processes can be simplified compared to UF based treatment systems, a significant advantage for decentralized water treatment systems. 

She received the 'Best Ph.D. project' award in June 2017. Details regarding her Ph.D. research can be found here.

PhD defense of Timon Rijnaarts

Timon Rijnaarts successfully defended his Ph.D. on the 3rd of May, 2018. His study which was titled "The role of membranes in the use of natural salinity gradients for Reverse Electrodialysis" was in the MSuS group, in collaboration with Wetsus in Leeuwarden. His research focused on addressing challenges in Reverse Electrodialysis with natural waters. He studied different chemistries and shapes of polymeric membranes and alternative process strategies for Electrodialysis. 

Since March 2018, Timon is working as a researcher for the European Membrane Institute (EMI), on water-related research.