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Welcome to the Polymer and Separations (PolySep) Research Laboratory at UCLA. At PolySep we focus on the fundamentals of surface chemical engineering. Our mission is to develop experimental and theoretical approaches to exploit the unique properties of nanostructured macromolecular surfaces in a variety of applications such as membrane (e.g., ultrafiltration, pervaporation and desalination) and adsorption separation processes, surface wettability, adhesion, nano- and micro-devices for biomedical applications and chemical sensors. Our laboratory is also engaged in research on neural networks and their application to pattern recognition, physicochemical property estimations, quantitative structure activity relations (QSPRs) in environmental applications and process analysis.

This web site describes the general scope of our research activities and information on new developments in structuring of surfaces by silylation and graft polymerization, solute-surface interactions at nano-structured polymeric interfaces, chemical and surface crystallization sensors, nano-structured ceramic-supported polymer (CSP) membranes, wettability and hydrodynamics of molecular polymer brush layers, smart polymeric materials, sorption and size exclusion chromatography resins, membrane separation processes (ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis and pervaporation) and neural networks based research on molecular based QSPRs.

Polysep is continuing the tradition of fundamental and applied research in membrane separations at UCLA - the birthplace of the first viable cellulose reverse osmosis (RO) membrane. Click here for information on the early RO membrane development work at UCLA.

PolySep is a participant in theWater Technology Research (WaTeR) Center which is directed by Prof. Y. Cohen. The WaTeR Center conducts research on water technology (desalination and reclamation) with a current focus on water desalination.

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