Dr. Tahar Laoui is currently a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at the University of Sharjah, UAE. Prior to this appointment, he was a Professor in Materials & Manufacturing Engineering in Mechanical Engineering Dept. at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA in 1990. His research interests are membrane for water treatment and desalination using nanotechnology, structure-property processing relationships in composite materials, and rapid prototyping technologies.
For the past several years, he has conducted research in joint collaboration with colleagues from Mechanical Engineering Dept. at MIT, USA, on the development of inorganic membranes for water treatment and water desalination by exploring techniques to investigate and understand the transport of water molecules and ions through macro- and nano-structured materials such as zeolites, alumina-based ceramics, carbon nanotubes and graphene.
All sessions by Professor Tahar Laoui
Graphene oxide based membrane: adhesion enhancement by plasma treatment and diffusion study of potassium chloride ions
Graphene oxide (GO) and reduced Graphene oxide (rGO) are 2D materials which exhibit unique anti-fouling and anti-bacterial properties along with high water permeability through its 2D channels, good selectivity and good thermal, mechanical and chemical stability. These unique properties offer the opportunity to incorporate GO and rGO and synthesize new membranes for water filtration applications such as Forward Osmosis, pervaporation, Reverse Osmosis, ultrafiltration and nanofiltration.