Gyorgy Szekely, Ph.D


​Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

Professor Szekely's research focuses on sustainable separations through the synergistic combination of materials science and chemical engineering. Sustainable production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and clean water is largely impacted by the efficiency of separation processes in product supply chains. The conventional separation processes can account for as much as 80% of the total manufacturing costs, contributing ~10% of the world's energy consumption. In particular, the group's research investigates the potential of advanced membranes and imprinted materials for efficient purification and sustainable processing of fine chemicals and water.

Selected Publications

  • Bio-Inspired Robust Membranes Nanoengineered from Interpenetrating Polymer Networks of Polybenzimidazole/Polydopami...
    D. Zhao, J.F. Kim, G. Ignacz, P. Pogany, Y.M. Lee, G. Szekely
    ACS Nano, (2019)
  • Membrane-Grafted Asymmetric Organocatalyst for an Integrated Synthesis-Separation Platform
    C. Didaskalou, J. Kupai, L. Cseri, J. Barabas, E. Vass, T. Holtzl, G. Szekely
    ACS Catalysis, (2018)
  • Robust Covalently Cross-linked Polybenzimidazole/Graphene Oxide Membranes for High-Flux Organic Solvent Nanofiltrat...
    F. Fei, L. Cseri, G. Szekely, C.F. Blanford
    ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, (2018)
  • Valorisation of Agricultural Waste with an Adsorption/Nanofiltration Hybrid Process: from Materials to Sustainable ...
    C. Didaskalou, S. Buyuktiryaki, R. Kecili, C.P. Fonte, G. Szekely
    Green Chemistry, (2017)
  • Nanofiltration‐Enabled In Situ Solvent and Reagent Recycle for Sustainable Continuous‐Flow Synthesis
    T. Fodi, C. Didaskalou, J. Kupai, G.T. Balogh, P. Huszthy, G. Szekely
    ChemSusChem, (2017)


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, 2009–2012
  • MEng, Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary, 2004–2009

Professional Profile

  • ​2019-present: Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • 2019-preset: Visiting Academic, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 2014-2019: Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom
  • 2016-2018: Adjunct Faculty, Saveetha University, India
  • 2012-2014: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  • 2009-2012: Early Stage Researcher, Hovione PharmaScience Ltd, Portugal

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC)
  • Member of the American Chemical Society
  • Academic Editor for Advances in Polymer Technology by Wiley-Hindawi Publishers
  • Academic Editor for Advanced Materials Letters by VBRI Press
  • Academic Editor for Current Nanomaterials by Bentham Science Publisher
  • Member of the Society for Molecular Imprinting
  • Member of the International Society for Molecular Recognition
  • Member of the International Separation Science Society
  • Member of the Hungarian Chemical Society

Research Interests Keywords

Nanofiltration Molecular Imprinting Green Process Engineering Hybrid Processes Membrane Reactors