Suzana Nunes

Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering

Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

Nanostructured Polymeric Membrane Laboratory


Education Profile

  • ​​​​​​​​​​Ph.D., University of Campinas, Brazil, 1985
  • M.S., University of Campinas, Brazil, 1983
  • B.S., University of Campinas, Brazil, 1981

Research Interests

Professor Nunes' research interests are new copolymers, functionalized nanofillers and organic-inorganic nanocomposites for membrane application; thermodynamics and morphology control of supramolecular assembly of block copolymers in solution, functionalized nanoparticles and complexing agents, as tools for preparing nanostructured polymer films; characterization of copolymer assembly in solution and membranes by advanced microscopy and (synchrotron) scattering methods; and membrane development for nanofiltration, forward osmosis, membrane distillation and integration of membrane and catalysis.

Selected Publications

  • ​Suzana P. Nunes, Ali Reza Behzad, Bobby Hooghan, Rachid Sougrat, Madhavan Karunakaran, Neelakanda Pradeep, Ulla Vainio, and Klaus-Viktor Peinemann*, Switchable pH-Responsive Polymeric Membranes Prepared via Block Copolymer Micelle Assembly, ACS Nano 5 (2011) 3516-3522
  • D. S. Marques, U. Vainio, N. M. Chaparro, V. M. Calo, A. R. Behzad, J. W. Pitera, K. V. Peinemann, S. P. Nunes*, Self-assembly in casting solutions of block copolymer membranes, Soft Matter 9 (2013) 5557-5564
  • P. Madhavan, K. V. Peinemann, S. P. Nunes*, Complexation-tailored morphology of asymmetric block copolymer membranes, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 5 (2013) 7152-7159
  • H. Maab, S. P. Nunes*, Porous polyoxadiazole membranes for harsh environment, J. Membrane Sci. 445 (2013) 127-134
  • X. Qiu, H. Yu, M. Karunakaran, N. Pradeep, S. P. Nunes, K. V. Peinemann*, Selective separation of similarly sized proteins with tunable nanoporous block copolymer membranes, ACS Nano 7 (2013) 768-776
  • Yu, H.; Qiu, X.; Nunes, S. P.; Peinemann, K.-V. Biomimetic particles with gated nanopores by block copolymer self-assembly, Nature Communication (2014)