Polymer Membrane Research at UVA

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The Geise research group seeks to develop structure/property/processing relationships to guide polymeric materials design for membrane-based liquid separation and energy applications by understanding the influence of nano- and molecular-scale interactions and phenomena on mass transfer and system-level performance.

We are located in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia.

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Geise Group Research:
Water-Energy Nexus

Our research focuses on experimental studies aimed at solving fundamental and practical problems related to water and ion transport through polymers that could be used as membranes in a variety of water and energy applications. Providing sustainable and economic supplies of purified water and clean energy solutions is a critical global challenge for the future, and polymer membranes will play a key role in these efforts.

We seek to rationally tailor and design polymers at the molecular level and process those polymers to engineer advanced membrane materials that will expand access to clean water and enhance the use of renewable energy sources.

Meet the Geise Group

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Water Purification for a Thirsty World

Within the next 10 years, the United Nations predicts that nearly two-thirds of the world’s population may find themselves living in a water stressed area.

Today, the vast majority of desalination processes are performed using polymer-based membranes. Improved membranes are needed to meet the challenges of economically and sustainably purifying increasingly saline and contaminated water sources around the globe.

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Clean and Renewable Energy
to Light our Future

Energy demand around the globe is projected to increase by more than 50% over the next 35 years, and sustainable, low-carbon footprint energy resources are needed to meet this increasing energy demand.

Technologies such as large-scale flow batteries, reverse electrodialysis, and capacitive mixing rely on polymer membranes to regulate ion transport. Improved membrane selectivity will enable advances in renewable energy storage and generation technologies.

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Join the Geise Research Group

Prospective graduate students interested in joining the group should indicate their interest when applying for admission to the Department of Chemical Engineering at UVA

Undergraduate students interested in research opportunities should express interest by completing the undergraduate research interest questionnaire (login using your UVA e-mail address to complete the form).

Latest News from the Geise Group

August 2018

Prof. Geise Presented at the 10th Conference on Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy and its Applications

Prof. Geise presented a poster, titled Relative permittivity properties of hydrated polymers for desalination membrane applications, highlighting the research efforts of graduate students Kevin Chang and Hongxi Luo at the 10th Conference on Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy and its Applications.

August 2018

Prof. Geise was a discussion leader at the Membranes: Materials and Processes Gordon Research Conference

Prof. Geise served as a discussion leader along with Prof. Miao Yu (RPI) for the Membranes, Mesoscale Devices with Controlled Nanostructures session at the 2018 Membranes: Materials and Processes Gordon Research Conference. The session featured invited talks from Prof. Chinedum Osuji (UPenn), Prof. Ivo Vankelecom (KU Leuven), and Prof. Orlando Coronell (UNC Chapel Hill).

August 2018

Prof. Geise gave an invited lecture at DOW Water & Process Solutions

Prof. Geise delivered an invited lecture titled Structure/property relationships in polymers for membrane applications at DOW Water & Process Solutions in Edina, MN.

August 2018

Prof. Geise wins Sustainability Research Grant

Prof. Geise was awarded a $25,000 grant by the University of Virginia Committee on Sustainability to support research on Membranes to Enable Long Duration Grid-Scale Storage of Renewable Energy in collaboration with Prof. Gary Koenig (ChE @ UVA).


July 2018

Ph.D. Student Kevin Chang Named UVA Engineering Volkswagen Group of North America Fellow

Congratulations to graduate student, Kevin Chang, for winning a UVA Engineering Volkswagen Group of North America Fellowship. The fellowship will support Kevin's research on characterizing materials that are candidates for desalination membranes using a microwave dielectric spectroscopy technique to provide insight into molecular interactions within polymers.

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