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Project Publications: University of Kentucky: Responsive Membranes and Advanced Materials for Sensing and Remediation of Halo-Organics

Superfund Research Program

Responsive Membranes and Advanced Materials for Sensing and Remediation of Halo-Organics

Project Leader: Dibakar Bhattacharyya
Co-Investigators: James Zach Hilt, Thomas Dean Dziubla, Isabel Escobar, Lindell E. Ormsbee
Grant Number: P42ES007380
Funding Period: 2020-2025
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  • Gutierrez AM, Dziubla TD, Hilt JZ. 2023. The impact of solution ionic strength, hardness, and pH on the sorption efficiency of polychlorinated biphenyls in magnetic nanocomposite microparticle (MNM) gels. Gels 9(4):344. doi:10.3390/gels9040344 PMID:37102956 PMCID:PMC1013771
  • Khan MA, Lipscomb G, Lin A, Baldridge KC, Petersen EM, Steele J, Abney MB, Bhattacharyya D. 2023. Performance evaluation and model of spacesuit cooling by hydrophobic hollow fiber-membrane based water evaporation through pores. J Memb Sci 675:121497. doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2023.121497
  • Mills R, Tvrdik C, Lin A, Bhattacharyya D. 2023. Enhanced degradation of methyl orange and trichloroethylene with PNIPAm-PMMA-Fe/Pd-functionalized hollow fiber membranes. Nanomaterials 13(14):2041. doi:10.3390/nano13142041 PMID:37513052 PMCID:PMC10386459
  • Paul P, Nicholson M, Hilt JZ. 2023. Magnetic nanocomposites for the remote activation of sulfate radicals for the removal of rhodamine B. Nanomaterials 13(7):1151. doi:10.3390/nano13071151 PMID:37049245 PMCID:PMC1009711
  • Wan H, Islam S, Tarannum T, Shi K, Mills R, Yi Z, Fang F, Lei L, Li S, Ormsbee LE, Xu Z, Bhattacharyya D. 2023. Reactive membranes for groundwater remediation of chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons: competitive dichlorination and cost aspects. Sep Purif Technol 320:123955. doi:10.1016/j.seppur.2023.123955


  • Baldridge KC, Edmonds K, Dziubla TD, Hilt JZ, Dutch RE, Bhattacharyya D. 2022. Demonstration of hollow fiber membrane-based enclosed space air remediation for capture of an aerosolized synthetic SARS-CoV-2 mimic and pseudovirus particles. ACS ES&T Eng 2(2):doi:10.1021/acsestengg.1c00369
  • Frazar EM, Smith A, Dziubla TD, Hilt JZ. 2022. Thermoresponsive cationic polymers: PFAS binding performance under variable pH, temperature and comonomer composition. Gels 8(10):668. doi:10.3390/gels8100668 PMID:36286169 PMCID:PMC9602350
  • Gutierrez AM, Leniz-Pizarro F, Wang X, Dziubla TD, Hilt JZ. 2022. Effect of atom transfer radical polymerization reaction time on PCB binding capacities of styrene-CMA/QMA core-shell iron oxide nanoparticles. Mater Sci Eng B-Adv Funct Solid-State Mater 277:115577. doi:10.1016/j.mseb.2021.115577
  • Leniz-Pizarro F, Vogler RJ, Sandman P, Harris N, Ormsbee LE, Liu C, Bhattacharyya D. 2022. Dual-functional nanofiltration and adsorptive membranes for PFAS and organics separation from water. ACS ES&T Wat 2(5):863-872. doi:10.1021/acsestwater.2c00043
  • Mills R, Baldridge KC, Bernard M, Bhattacharyya D. 2022. Recent advances in responsive membrane functionalization approaches and applications. Sep Sci Technol doi:10.1080/01496395.2022.2145222
  • Mills R, Vogler RJ, Bernard M, Concolino J, Hersh LB, Wei Y, Hastings JT, Dziubla TD, Baldridge KC, Bhattacharyya D. 2022. Aerosol capture and coronavirus spike protein deactivation by enzyme functionalized antiviral membranes. Commun Mater doi:10.1038/s43246-022-00256-0
  • Paul P, Edmonds K, Baldridge KC, Bhattacharyya D, Dziubla TD, Dutch RE, Hilt JZ. 2022. Enhanced inactivation of pseudoparticles containing SARS-CoV-2 protein using magnetic nanoparticles and an alternating magnetic field. ACS Appl Bio Mater doi:10.1021/acsabm.2c00522 PMID:36314574
  • Wan H, Mills R, Qu K, Hower JC, Mottaleb MA, Bhattacharyya D, Xu Z. 2022. Rapid removal of PFOA and PFOS via modified industrial solid waste: Mechanisms and influences of water matrices. Chem Eng J 433(2):doi:10.1016/j.cej.2021.133271
  • Wan H, Mills R, Wang Y, Wang K, Xu S, Bhattacharyya D, Xu Z. 2022. Gravity-driven electrospun membranes for effective removal of perfluoro-organics from synthetic groundwater. J Memb Sci 644:120180. doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2021.120180
  • Wan H, Shi K, Yi Z, Ding P, Zhuang L, Mills R, Bhattacharyya D, Xu Z. 2022. Removal of polystyrene nanoplastic beads using gravity-driven membrane filtration: Mechanisms and effects of water matrices. Chem Eng J 450(4):doi:10.1016/j.cej.2022.138484


  • Gutierrez AM, Frazar EM, Klaus MV, Paul P, Hilt JZ. 2021. Hydrogels and hydrogel nanocomposites: Enhancing healthcare through human and environmental treatment. Adv Healthc Mater doi:10.1002/adhm.202101820 PMID:34811960
  • Ji Y, Sultan MA, Kim DY, Meeks ND, Hastings JT, Bhattacharyya D. 2021. Effect of silica-core gold-shell nanoparticles on the kinetics of biohydrogen production and pollutant hydrogenation via organic acid photofermentation over enhanced near-infrared illumination. Int J Hydrogen Energy 46:7821-7835. doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2020.11.257
  • Leniz-Pizarro F, Liu C, Colburn AS, Escobar I, Bhattacharyya D. 2021. Positively charged nanofiltration membrane synthesis, transport models, and lanthanides separation. J Memb Sci 620:doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2020.118973
  • Savage DT, Briot N, Hilt JZ, Dziubla TD. 2021. On the swelling behavior of poly(N-Isopropylacrylamide) hydrogels exposed to perfluoroalkyl acids. J Polym Sci A Polym Chem 59(4):289-299. doi:10.1002/pol.20200805 PMID:34859243 PMCID:PMC8631585
  • Savage DT, Hilt JZ, Dziubla TD. 2021. Assessing the perfluoroalkyl acid-induced swelling of Forster resonance energy transfer-capable poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) microgels. Soft Matter 10:doi:10.1039/d1sm00985k PMID:34661226 PMCID:PMC8889493
  • Savage DT, Hilt JZ, Dziubla TD. 2021. Leveraging the thermoresponsiveness of fluorinated poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) copolymers as a sensing tool for perfluorooctane sulfonate. Analyst doi:10.1039/d1an00144b PMID:33928975
  • Savage DT, Hilt JZ, Dziubla TD. 2021. Leveraging the thermoresponsiveness of fluorinated poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) copolymers as a sensing tool for perfluorooctane sulfonate. Analyst 11:doi:10.1039/D1AN00144B
  • Shah RA, Runge T, Ostertag TW, Tang S, Dziubla TD, Hilt JZ. 2021. Development of temperature-responsive polymeric gels with physical crosslinking due to intermolecular pi-pi interactions. Polym Int


  • Aher A, Nickerson T, Jordan C, Thorpe F, Hatakeyama E, Ormsbee LE, Majumder M, Bhattacharyya D. 2020. Ion and organic transport in Graphene oxide membranes: Model development to difficult water remediation applications. J Memb Sci 604:12. doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2020.118024 (in press)
  • Aher A, Sarma R, Crocker M, Bhattacharyya D. 2020. Selective molecular separation of lignin model compounds by reduced graphene oxide membranes from solvent-water mixture. Sep Purif Technol 230:doi:10.1016/j.seppur.2019.115865 PMID:31903045 PMCID:PMC6941755
  • Detisch MJ, Balk TJ, Bezold M, Bhattacharyya D. 2020. Nanoporous metal-polymer composite membranes for organics separations and catalysis. J Mater Res 1-14. doi:10.1557/jmr.2020.176
  • Eke J, Banks L, Mottaleb MA, Morris AJ, Tsyusko OV, Escobar I. 2020. Dual-Functional Phosphorene Nanocomposite Membranes for the Treatment of Perfluorinated Water: An Investigation of Perfluorooctanoic Acid Removal via Filtration Combined with Ultraviolet Irradiation or Oxygenation. Membranes 11:doi:10.3390/membranes11010018 PMID:33375603
  • Gutierrez AM, Bhandari R, Weng J, Stromberg AJ, Dziubla TD, Hilt JZ. 2020. Synthesis of magnetic nanocomposite microparticles for binding of chlorinated organics in contaminated water sources. J Appl Polym Sci 137(37):49109. doi:10.1002/app.49109 PMID:34305166 PMCID:PMC8300995
  • Islam MS, Vogler RJ, Al Hasnine SM, Hernandez S, Malekzadeh N, Hoelen T, Hatakeyama E, Bhattacharyya D. 2020. Mercury removal from wastewater using cysteamine functionalized membranes. ACS Omega 5(35):22255-22267. doi:10.1021/acsomega.0c02526 PMID:32923783 PMCID:PMC7482228
  • Meragawi SE, Akbari A, Hernandez S, Sharifzadeh Mirshekarloo M, Bhattacharyya D, Tanksale A, Majumder M. 2020. Enhanced permselective separation of per-fluorooctanoic acid in graphene oxide membranes by a simple PEI modification. J Mater Chem 12:17. doi:10.1126/scitranslmed.abb1206 PMID:33298560
  • Saad A, Mills R, Wan H, Mottaleb MA, Ormsbee LE, Bhattacharyya D. 2020. Thermoresponsive adsorption-desorption of perfluoroorganics from water using PNIPAm hydrogels and pore functionalized membranes. J Memb Sci 599:doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2020.117821 PMID:32095035 PMCID:PMC7039651
  • Saad A, Mills R, Wan H, Ormsbee LE, Bhattacharyya D. 2020. Thermo-responsive PNIPAm-PMMA functionalized PVDF membranes with reactive Fe-Pd nanoparticles for PCB degradation. Ind Eng Chem Res 59(38):16614-16625. doi:10.1021/acs.iecr.0c03260
  • Shah RA, Frazar EM, Hilt JZ. 2020. Recent developments in stimuli responsive nanomaterials and their bionanotechnology applications. Curr Opin Chem Eng 30:103-111. doi:10.1016/j.coche.2020.08.007 PMID:34307003 PMCID:PMC8300877
  • Shah RA, Ostertag TW, Tang S, Dziubla TD, Hilt JZ. 2020. Development of biphenyl monomers and associated crosslinked polymers with intramolecular pi-pi interactions. J Appl Polym Sci 12:doi:10.1002/app.50257
  • Wan H, Islam MS, Qian D, Ormsbee LE, Bhattacharyya D. 2020. Reductive degradation of CCl4 by sulfidized Fe and Pd-Fe nanoparticles: Kinetics, longevity, and morphology aspects. Chem Eng J 394:12. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2020.125013
  • Wan H, Islam S, Briot N, Schnobrich M, Pacholik L, Ormsbee LE, Bhattacharyya D. 2020. Pd/Fe nanoparticle integrated PMAA-PVDF membranes for chloro-organic remediation from synthetic and site groundwater. J Memb Sci 594:doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2019.117454 PMID:31929677 PMCID:PMC6953629
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