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Sohail Murad, Ph.D.

Sohail Murad
Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Professor of Chemical Engineering


Perlstein Hall, Room 123







B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Engineering, Lahore, Pakistan
M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainsville
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University


Dr. Murad’s research interests are in the broad areas of classical and statistical thermodynamics. The recent focus of his research has been on using computational molecular modeling to investigate the transport of water, gases and ions in membranes. The research has important applications in water desalination technology, advanced batteries, gas separations and drug delivery.


Zeolite Thin Films as Efficient and Robust Ion Exchange Membranes in Redox Flow Batteries for Renewable Energy Storage
A Proof of Concept Study to Demonstrate Tunable Thermal Rectification in Liquids
Molecular Modeling of Ion Transport and Separation in Nanochannels
Solubility of Gases in Heavy Oils and Alcohols
Separation of Chiral Compounds


Coleman Foundation Fellow 2009
Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Guest Professor, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing, China


Chapters in Books

I. K. Puri and S. Murad, “Multiscale Methodology to Approach Nanoscale Thermal Transport”, in,  Trends in Computational Nanomechanics: Transcending Time and  Space, Chapter 5, p. 135-150, T. Dumitrica (Ed.), Springer, Heidelberg, (2010)

S. Murad and J. G. Powles, “Fluids in Contact with Semi-Permeable Membranes”, Computational Methods in Colloid and Interface Science, M. Borowko (Ed.), Ch. 16, Marcel-Dekker, New York, p. 775-798 (2000)


J. Dong, Z. Xu, S. Yang, S. Murad and K. R. Hinkle,” Zeolite Membranes for Ion Separations from Aqueous Solutions”, Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 8,15-20 (2015)

P. Oroskar, C. J. Jameson and S. Murad, “Surface-functionalized Nanoparticle Permeation Triggers Lipid Displacement and Water and Ion Leakage", Langmuir, 31,1074-1085 (2015)

H. Hsu, O. Adigun,  L. S Taylor, S. Murad, M. T Harris, “Crystallization of Acetaminophen on Chitosan Films Blended With Different Acids”, Chemical Engineering Science, 126, 1-9 (2015) 

K. R. Hinkle, P. M. Mathias and S. Murad, “Evaluation and Extrapolation of the Solubility of H2 and CO in n-Alkanes and n-Alcohols Using Molecular Simulation”, Fluid Phase Equilibria, 384, 43–49 (2014) 

K. R. Hinkle, C. J. Jameson and S. Murad, “Transport of Vanadium and Oxovanadium Ions Across Zeolite Membranes: A Molecular Dynamics Study”, Journal of Physical Chemistry, C, 118, 23803−23810 (2014)

S. Murad and I. K. Puri, ”Dynamic Rectification in a Thermal Diode Based on Fluid-Solid Interfaces: Contrasting Behavior of Soft Materials and Fluids”, Applied Physics Letters, 104, 211601 (2014)

S. Murad and I. K. Puri, “A Tractable Design for a Thermal Transistor”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 139, 151102 (2013)

S. Murad and I. K. Puri,” A Thermal Logic Device Based on Fluid-Solid Interfaces”, Applied Physics Letters, 102, 193109 (2013). 

B. Song, H.Yuan, S. Pham, C. J. Jameson, and S. Murad, “Nanoparticle Permeation Induces Water Penetration, Ion Transport and Lipid Flip-flop”, Langmuir, 28, 16989-17000 (2012).

S. Murad and I. K. Puri, “Thermal Rectification in Liquids by Manipulating the Solid-Liquid Interface”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 137, 081101 (2012).

S. Murad and I. K. Puri, “Thermal Rectification In A Fluid Reservoir”, Applied Physics Letters, 100, 121901 (2012) 

S. Murad and I. K. Puri, “"Molecular Simulations of Thermal Transport Across Interfaces: Solid-vapor and Solid-Solid" Molecular Simulation, 38,642-652 (2012)

B. Song, H. Yuan, C. J. Jameson and S. Murad, “Role of Surface Ligands in Nanoparticle Permeation through a Model Membrane: A Coarse-grained Molecular Dynamics Simulations Study”, Molecular Physics, 110, 2181-2195 (2012) 

S. Murad, “Note: The Role of External Electric Fields in Enhancing Ion Mobility, Drift Velocity and Drift-Diffusion Rates in Aqueous Electrolyte Solutions [JCP, 134, 114504 (2011)]”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 136, 076101 (2012) 

J. K. Floess and S.Murad, “Molecular Simulations of the Competitive Adsorption of Siloxanes and Water on Amorphous Silica Surfaces as a function of Temperature”, Chemical Physics Letters, 516, 216–219 (2011) 

B. Song, H. Yuan, C. J. Jameson and S. Murad, “Permeation of Nanocrystals Across Lipid Membranes”, Molecular Physics, 109, 1511-1526 (2011) 

G. Balasubramanian, S. Murad, R. Kappiyoor and I. K. Puri, “Structure of Aqueous MgSO4 Solution: Dilute to Concentrated”, Chemical Physics Letters, 508, 38-42 (2011)

S. Murad, “The Role of External Electric Fields in Enhancing Ion Mobility, Drift Velocity and Drift-Diffusion Rates in Aqueous Electrolyte Solutions”, Journal of Chemical Physics, 134, 114504 (2011) 

N. Sedighi, S. Murad , and S. K. Aggarwal, “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Spontaneous Spreading of a Nanodroplet on Solid Surfaces”, Fluid Dynamics Research, 43, 015507 (2011)