Smart nanocomposite membranes: harnessing clean water and clean energy from Alberta’s oil sands

Developing innovative technologies to achieve water-energy sustainability is a top priority challenge of the nearest future. We propose a novel renewable energy source, which provides simultaneous production of clean water and electrical energy from wastewater by utilizing a naturally occurring osmotic process. Our objective is to develop emerging and cost-efficient Pressure Retarded Osmosis (PRO) process, equipped with our smart PRO membranes, to provide excellent water and energy recovery from Alberta’s Oil Sands. This will be done by incorporating stimuli-responsive nanomaterials into the host membrane matrix. Our PRO process, apart from water reclamation function, provides high power density to harness electrical energy from wastewater.

Deep learning-based energy management of a hybrid photovoltaic-reverse osmosis-pressure retarded osmosis system

Mohtada Sadrzadeh, Mohammad Amin Soleimanzade

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Functionalized polyamide membranes yield suppression of biofilm and planktonic bacteria while retaining flux and selectivity

Mohtada Sadrzadeh, Sadegh Aghapour Aktij

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Improved antifouling and antibacterial properties of forward osmosis membranes through surface modification with zwitterions and silver-based metal organic frameworks

Mohtada Sadrzadeh, Sadegh Aghapour Aktij

Scholarly Refereed Journal

In-Situ Ag-MOFs Growth on Pre-Grafted Zwitterions Imparts Outstanding Antifouling Properties to Forward Osmosis Membranes

Mohtada Sadrzadeh, Sadegh Aghapour Aktij

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Nanodiamond-decorated thin film composite membranes with antifouling and antibacterial properties

Mohtada Sadrzadeh, Sadegh Aghapour Aktij

Scholarly Refereed Journal

Novel data-driven energy management of a hybrid photovoltaic-reverse osmosis desalination system using deep reinforcement learning

Mohtada Sadrzadeh, Mohammad Amin Soleimanzade

Scholarly Refereed Journal