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Research Program on Separation Processes, Advanced Materials Design and Process Intensification


We are a research group under the direction of Professor Xiao Su in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our interest lies in developing novel technologies for advanced separations and process intensification, by leveraging stimuli-responsive materials and molecular engineering tools.

A primary aim is to design electrochemical interfaces with a high degree of molecular specificity. We combine materials synthesis with fundamental mechanistic studies, to leverage chemical interactions in electrochemical systems for ion-selective sorption and transformation. Our program is strongly interdisciplinary, with broad interests in energy and environmental processes, water treatment/purification, chemical and biological manufacturing, and materials synthesis.