Zain Ali, Ph.D.


Research Scientist

Research Interests

Interested in developing methods to fabricate, test and characterize, defect-free thin-film composite membranes for challenging gas and liquid separations.

Selected Publications

  • Ultra-selective defect-free interfacially polymerized molecular sieve thin-film composite membranes for H2 purifica... 
    Z. Ali, F. Pacheco, E. Litwiller, Y. Wang, Y. Han, I. Pinnau
    J. Mater. Chem. A 6, 3035., (2017)
  • Defect-free highly selective polyamide thin-film composite membranes for desalination and boron removal 
    Z. Ali, Y. Al Sunbul, F. Pacheco, W. Ogieglo, Y. Wang, G. Genduso, I. Pinnau
    J. Membr. Sci., (2019)


  • ​Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Membrane Science. King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, KSA. 2019
  • M.Sc. Advanced Chemical Engineering. University of Birmingham, UK. 2012
  • B.Sc. Chemical Engineering. University of Birmingham, UK. 2011

Scientific and Professional Membership

​Institute of Chemical Engineers (iChemE)


​Undergraduate of the year. University of Birmingham, UK. 2011

KAUST Affiliations

  • Advanced Membranes & Porous Materials Center (AMPM)
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Thin-film composites Interfacial polymerization Desalination Gas separation Hydrogen separation Membrane science1