Research Interests

​Professor Pinnau's research interests are in membrane processes for separation of gases and liquids – natural gas treatment, CO2 sequestration, hydrogen recovery, olefin/paraffin separation, and water purification. His research focuses on:

  • Synthesis of high-performance polymers

  • Development of high-performance membranes for gas and liquid separations

  • Hybrid organic/inorganic membranes

  • Nanostructured microporous polymer membranes

  • Thin-film technology

  • Membrane modifications (surface coatings/fouling resistance)


Selected Publications


Education Profile

  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, United States, 1991
  • B.S. Chemical Process Engineering, The University of Hamburg, Germany, 1985

Professional Profile

  • Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPMC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)