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 based 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 the University of Virginia.

Undergraduate students interested in research opportunities should express interest by contacting Prof. Geise directly. Please be prepared to provide copies of your most recent resume and unofficial transcript.

Latest News from the Geise Group

August 2021

Editorial Advisory Board Appointment

Prof. Geise was recently appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Membrane Science Letters.


July 2021

Saringi Agata Successfully Defends Her Ph.D.

Congratulations to Dr. Saringi Agata for successfully defending her Ph.D. dissertation titled Layer-by-Layer Synthesis of Polyamide Thin Film Composite Membranes for Desalination Applications! Dr. Agata will begin a full-time position as a Research Analyst at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) in the coming weeks.


June 2021

Anna Harris Joins the Geise Research Group

The Geise Research Group is excited to welcome its newest member, Anna Harris.
Anna is an A. James Clark Scholar majoring in chemical engineering at UVA. Welcome to the group Anna!


May 2021

Saringi Agata Publishes Research on a Primer to Avoid Membrane Defects

Saringi Agata's research to investigate the use of poly(vinyl alcohol) as a primer layer to enable layer-by-layer sequential deposition of polyamide membranes on microporous supports was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Polymer Science! The work also included contributions from Joe Thompson and the UVA Nanomaterials Characterization Facility.


May 2021

Geise Group Celebrates UVA Classes of 2020 & 2021

UVA celebrated the Classes of 2020 & 2021 during recent ceremonies on two beautiful days in Charlottesville. Congratulations to our recent Geise group alumni!
UVA Class of 2021: Dr. Kevin Chang (pictured left with Prof. Geise) and Dr. Hongxi Luo
UVA Class of 2020: Dr. Yuan Ji and Mr. Kevin Bahati

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