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Expected start date at KAUST is Jan 1,2019

Gyorgy Szekely

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

Physical Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 
Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials


Affiliations

Education Profile

  • ​PDRA, Imperial College London, 2012–2014
  • PhD, Technical University of Dortmund, 2009–2012
  • MEng, Technical University of Budapest, 2004–2009

Research Interests

Professor Szekely's research focuses on sustainable separations through the synergistic combination of materials science and chemical engineering. Sustainable production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and clean water is largely impacted by the efficiency of separation processes in product supply chains. The conventional separation processes can account for as much as 80% of the total manufacturing costs, contributing ~10% of the world's energy consumption. In particular, the group's research investigates the potential of advanced membrane and imprinted materials for efficient purification and sustainable processing of fine chemicals and water.

Selected Publications

  • G. Ignacz, F. Fei, G. Szekely, Ion-Stabilized Membranes for Demanding Environments Fabricated from Polybenzimidazole and its Blends with Polymers of Intrinsic Microporosity, ACS Applied Nano Materials, 2018, DOI: 10.1021/acsanm.8b01563
  • C. Didaskalou, J. Kupai, L. Cseri, J. Barabas, E. Vass, T. Holtzl, G. Szekely, Membrane-Grafted Asymmetric Organocatalyst for an Integrated Synthesis–Separation Platform, ACS Catalysis, 2018, 8, 7430–7438.
  • F. Fei, L. Cseri, G. Szekely, C.F. Blanford, Robust Covalently Cross-linked Polybenzimidazole/Graphene Oxide Membranes for High-Flux Organic Solvent Nanofiltration, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2018, 10, 16140–16147.
  • C. Didaskalou, S. Buyuktiryaki, R. Kecili, C.P. Fonte, G. Szekely, Valorisation of Agricultural Waste With an Adsorption/Nanofiltration Hybrid Process: From Materials to Sustainable Process Design, Green Chemistry, 2017, 19, 3116–3125.
  • T. Fodi, C. Didaskalou, J. Kupai, G.T. Balogh, P. Huszthy, G. Szekely, Nanofiltration–Enabled In Situ Solvent and Reagent Recycle for Sustainable Continuous–Flow Synthesis, ChemSusChem, 2017, 10, 3435–3444.