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Sohail Murad, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Professor, Chemical Engineering

Office: 

Perlstein Hall, Room 123

Phone: 

312.567.3867

Fax: 

312.567.8874

Email: 

Education 

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

Research 

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.

CURRENT PROJECTS:

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

Awards 

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

Books 

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)

SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

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, in press (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)