Investigating the performance of ultra-thin graphene oxide films for natural gas dehydration

The main goal of this project is to identify the key performance parameters of the membrane and collect some data on the membrane performance. To achieve this goal the intern needs to first develop a testing system to evaluate the dehydration performance of the membrane. After building the test system the intern will utilize the system to check the performance of a wide range of membranes and select which ones work best as well as factors that would impact the membrane performance. Then the test system will be brought to natural gas plant to verify the performance.

COVID-19: Indoor light-activated, self-cleaning surfaces for continuous decontamination of air in HVAC systems

The risk of airborne disease transmission is high for essential workers even while wearing PPE. Since SARS-CoV-2 can remain airborne after a sneeze or cough for several hours, ideally, there would be effective methods to remove these infectious particles directly from the air. In this work, we develop a membrane-based technology capable of serving the two-in-one function of dehumidification and decontamination of the indoor air, which can be coupled to room A/C systems.

Ultra-thin graphene oxide membranes for efficient humidity harvesting

The main goal of the proposed work is to develop an ultra-thin and selective GO membrane capable of separating water vapor or steam from air. For this purpose, a suitable membrane supports required to hold the GO sheets. Therefore, the GO sheets will be deposited on various membrane supports and their performance in terms of selectivity, permeability, and mechanical strength will be evaluated. Then, the effect of GO layer number on the selectivity and permeation rate will be investigated.