Preety Kumari

Preety Kumari

Department of Chemical Engineering,
102 Silicate Lab, IIT Bombay,
Powai, Mumbai – 400076

Full Name
Ms. Preety Kumari


Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India (Pursuing)

M.Tech. (Chemical Engineering), Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India (2016)

B. Tech. (Chemical Engineering), Birsa Institute of Technology Sindri, India (2014)


Thesis research topic: Antifouling nanocomposite hollow fiber membranes for separation applications

Research Summary:

Membrane technology has been widely used in various applications including wastewater treatment, different separation processes and biomedical applications. However, one of the major challenge of this technology is fouling, which is the formation of layer of particles or the blockage of membrane pores during filtration. It affects the membrane durability and its performance and increases operational cost due to cleaning. Therefore, my work is focused to develop antifouling hollow fiber membranes (HFMs) for different separation applications. Our approach is to modify the membrane surface by physical and chemical modification methods to change their physicochemical properties to improve its fouling resistance. The modified HFMs showed excellent antifouling property for simulated wastewater. Thus, these HFMs have excellent potential to mitigate fouling and can be used for wastewater treatment under extreme conditions. 

Keywords: Polymer composite hollow fiber membranes; carbon nanotubes, graphene oxide, pure water permeability, antifouling property, wastewater treatment

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