Alla Alpatova, Ph.D.

Research Scientists

Research Scientist

Research Interests

  • ​Membrane separation processes for water purification and organic synthesis
  • Water desalination and re-use
  • Catalytically active membranes
  • Advanced oxidation processes (ozonation/.OH, Fenton reactions, H2O2-based oxidation, etc.) 
  • Occurrence, fate and control of emerging contaminants and disinfection by-products in drinking water supplies
  • Chemical transformations and toxicity of engineered nanomaterials

Selected Publications

  • Composite polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane impregnated with Fe 2 O 3 nanoparticles and multiwalled carbon na... 
    A. Alpatova, M. Meshref, K.N. McPhedran, M.G. El-Din
    Journal of Membrane Science 490, pp. 227-235, (2015)
  • Treatment of oil sands process-affected water with ceramic ultrafiltration membrane: Effects of operating condition... 
    A. Alpatova, E.S. Kim, S. Dong, N. Sun, P. Chelme-Ayala, M.G. El-Din
    Separation and Purification Technology 122, pp. 170-182, (2014)
  • Fabrication of porous polymeric nanocomposite membranes with enhanced anti-fouling properties: effect of casting co... 
    A. Alpatova, E.S. Kim, X. Sun, G. Hwang, Y. Liu, M.G. El-Din
    Journal of Membrane Science 444, pp. 449-460, (2013)
  • Evidence for covalently bonded chlorine–fullerene formed by ozonation and chlorination at room temperature 
    A. Alpatova, M.J. Baumann, S.H. Davies, S.J. Masten
    Environmental Chemistry Letters 11 (3), pp. 309-313, (2013)
  • Hybrid ozonation-ceramic membrane filtration of surface waters: The effect of water characteristics on permeate flu... 
    A. Alpatova, S.H. Davies, S.J. Masten
    Separation and Purification Technology 107, pp. 179-186, (2013)
  • Single-walled carbon nanotubes dispersed in aqueous media via non-covalent functionalization: effect of dispersant ... 
    A. Alpatova, W. Shan, P. Babica, B.L. Upham, A.R. Rogensues, S.J. Masten, E. Drown, A.K. M...
    Water Research 44 (2), pp. 505-520, (2010)


  • ​Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Michigan State University, USA, 2010
  • M.S., Environmental Diagnosis, Imperial College London, UK, 2004

Professional Profile

  • ​2016-Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2015-2016: Waste Reduction Specialist, City of Edmonton, Edmonton, Canada

KAUST Affiliations

  • Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Sciences & Engineering Division (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

​Membrane separation processes Water desalination Catalytically active membranes Advanced oxidation processes