Faisal Abdulla AlMarzooqi

Faisal 1

PhD, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE
MEng Chemical Engineering, Imperial College, UK

E-mail: falmarzooqi@masdar.ac.ae

Faisal graduated in 2015 with a PhD in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. While part of Prof. Arafat’s group, his research focused on the use of nanomaterial in membrane synthesis for Nanofiltration (NF), Reverse Osmosis (RO), Forward Osmosis (FO) and Membrane Distillation (MD) systems, together with conceptual studies in the application of nanomaterial in Capacitive Deionisation (CDI) for water desalination.

The application of nanomaterials in water desalination is an emerging field of research with much potential for reducing energy consumption and fouling, and for enhancing permeability in membrane desalination systems. Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene are two of the most promising nanomaterials being investigated at present and integration of these nanomaterials into desalination devices and membranes could lead to better performance. The focus is on graphene and CNT based membranes together with an investigation of capacitive deionization using graphene electrodes. With regards to membranes synthesis, Faisal was looking at permeability enhancement in particular, while in the area of CDI, his focus was towards conceptual prototyping of a graphene/CNT based CDI devices.

Faisal completed his MEng in chemical engineering in 2009 during which he focused on novel contact angle fluids for surface energy determination. In his research project he looked at the use of ionic liquids in determining the surface energy of different solid surfaces. Moreover, moisture uptake of the used ionic liquids was measured using Dynamic Vapour Sorption (DVS), to understand the dynamics of vapour sorption into ionic liquids at ambient conditions and its effect on surface energy.


AlMarzooqi, F. A., Al Ghaferi, A. A., Saadat, I., & Hilal, N. (2014). Application of Capacitive Deionisation in water desalination: A review. Desalination, 342, 3–15.