Irshad Kammakakam


Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Membranes of inorganic and/or organic-polymer matrices for energy-saving separation technology and environmental green energy applications. Research interests focused on the design, synthesis, and characterization of functional polymers and porous materials for applications in gas separation, CO2 capture, water filtration, and self-healing and shape memory polymers in energy conversion and storage.

Selected Publications

  • Synthesis of imidazolium-mediated Poly(benzoxazole) Ionene and composites with ionic liquids as advanced gas separation membranes, Irshad Kammakakam, Kathryn E. O'Harra, Enrique M. Jackson, Jason E. Bara*, Polymer, 214, 123239, (2021) 
  • Nanomaterials: a review of synthesis methods, properties, recent progress, and challenges, Nadeem Baig*, Irshad Kammakakam*, Wail Falath, Mater. Adv., 2, 1821-1871, (2021)
  • Dual Anion–Cation Crosslinked Poly(ionic liquid) Composite Membranes for Enhanced CO2 Separation, Irshad Kammakakam, Jason E Bara*, Enrique M Jackson, ACS Appl. Polym. Mater., 2, 11, 5067–5076, (2020)
  • Synthesis and characterization of imidazolium-mediated Tröger's base containing poly (amide)-ionenes and composites with ionic liquids for CO 2 separation membranes, Irshad Kammakakam, Jason E Bara*, Enrique M Jackson, Polym. Chem., 11, 7370-7381, (2020)
  • Tailored CO2-Philic Anionic Poly(ionic liquid) Composite Membranes: Synthesis, Characterization, and Gas Transport Properties, Irshad Kammakakam, Jason E Bara*, Enrique M Jackson, Josu Lertxundi, David Mecerreyes, Liliana C Tomé, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 8, 15, 5954–5965, (2020)
  • Sustainable novel bamboo-based membranes for water treatment fabricated by regeneration of bamboo waste fibers, Milad Rabbani Esfahani*, Autumn Taylor, Nicole Serwinowski, Zane Joseph Parkerson, Matthew P Confer, Irshad Kammakakam, Jason E Bara, Amirsalar R Esfahani, S Nima Mahmoodi, Negin Koutahzadeh, Michael Z Hu, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 8, 10, 4225–4235, (2020)
  • Synthesis and Properties of 1, 2, 3-Triethoxypropane: A Glycerol-Derived Green Solvent Candidate, Shuai Qian, Xiaoyang Liu, Vladimir N Emel’yanenko, Patryk Sikorski, Irshad Kammakakam, Brian S Flowers, Tristin A Jones, C Heath Turner, Sergey P Verevkin*, Jason E Bara*, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 59, 45, 20190–20200, (2020)
    Design and Synthesis of Imidazolium-Mediated Tröger’s Base-Containing Ionene Polymers for Advanced CO2 Separation Membranes, Irshad Kammakakam, Kathryn E O’Harra, Jason E Bara*, Enrique M Jackson, ACS Omega, 4, 2, 3439–3448, (2019)
  • Self‐Healing Imidazolium‐based Ionene‐Polyamide Membranes: An Experimental Study on Physical and Gas Transport Properties, Irshad Kammakakam, Kathryn E O’Harra, Grayson P Dennis, Enrique M Jackson, Jason E Bara*, Polym. Int., 68, 1123-1129, (2019)
  • Bromination/debromination-induced thermal crosslinking of 6FDA-Durene for aggressive gas separations, Irshad Kammakakam, Heseong An, Albert S Lee, Seung Sang Hwang, Jeong-Hoon Kim, Jung-Hyun Lee, Jong Suk Lee*, J. Membr. Sci., 545, 358-366, (2018)
  • PEG-imidazolium-incorporated polyimides as high-performance CO2-selective polymer membranes: The effects of PEG-imidazolium content, Bumjin Gye, Irshad Kammakakam, Hyelim You, SangYong Nam, Tae-Hyun Kim, Sep. Purif. Technol., 179, 283–290, (2017)
  • PEG–imidazolium-functionalized 6FDA–durene polyimide as a novel polymeric membrane for enhanced CO 2 separation, Irshad Kammakakam, SangYong Nam, Tae-Hyun Kim*, RSC Adv., 6, 31083-31091, (2016)
  • Novel piperazinium-mediated crosslinked polyimide membranes for high performance CO2 separation, Irshad Kammakakam, Hee Wook Yoon, SangYong Nam, Ho Bum Park, Tae-Hyun Kim*, J. Membr. Sci., 487, 90-98, (2015)


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Incheon National University, South Korea, 2015
  • MSc., Inorganic Chemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India, 2010
  • BSc., Chemistry, Calicut University, Kerala, India, 2008

Professional Profile

  • 2021-now: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018-2021: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Alabama, USA
  • 2017-2018: Postdoctoral Research Scholar, The European Institute of Membranes (IEM), University of Montpellier, France
  • 2015-2017: Visiting Scientist, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, KIST, South Korea 
  • 2010-2011: Junior Research Fellow, Centre for Water Resources Development and Management (CWRDM), Calicut, India

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • North American Membrane Society (NAMS);
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE);
  • American Chemical Society (ACS);
  • Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (ACS-PMSE);
  • Division of Polymer Chemistry (ACS Poly);
  • Membrane Society of Korea (MSK);
  • Polymer Society of Korea (PSK);
  • Korean Chemical Society (KCS).


  • Recipient of the 2019-2020 Future Faculty Mentoring Program sponsored by the EdDiv of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
  • Featured in the Top Ten Highlights of the RSC Twitter Poster Conference 2019.
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions–Individual Fellowships–European Fellowships (H2020–MSCA-IF–2017), Badge of Honor for above Threshold Score.
  • Best Poster Award at Membrane Society of Korea Conference 2014-Spring, Seoul, South Korea.
  • Summer Research Fellowship Award from Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore-2009.
  • First Prize in Chemistry Quiz and Second Prize in Oral Presentation at National Symposium, National Institute of Technology, Trichy-2009.

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials (AMPM)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)