Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame


Ruilan Guo2

  • Assistant Professor
    Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    122C Cushing Hall


  • Design and synthesis of novel polymeric membrane materials for
    • gas separations (e.g., aromatic polyimides, polybenzoxazoles)
    • proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) (e.g., sulfonated multiblock copolymers)
    • water purification, desalination (e.g., sulfonated polymers)
  • Characterization of membrane materials
  • Chemical structure analysis: NMR, FTIR, UV-Vis
  • Thermal and mechanical properties: TGA(-MS), DSC, DMA
  • Morphology: AFM, TEM, XRD
  • Membrane/thin film fabrication and applications

Current Energy Research

  • Design and synthesis of novel polymeric membranes for energy efficient gas separations
  • Membrane characterization
  • Membrane fabrication and performance verification

Potential SEI Research

  • Design and synthesis of polymer based membrane materials with high internal free volume elements for fast mass transport simultaneously with high selectivity
  • Synthesis and fabrication of novel separation membranes from sulfonated random or multiblock copolymers for energy production, desalination, and water purification
  • Design and development of polyelectrolyte membrane materials (ionomers) for clean energy production
  • Fundamental studies on the structure-property relationship for membrane materials
  • Use of polyelectrolyte membranes in other applications (e.g., electrodialysis)