Founding Director, Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Professor Pinnau’s research interests are in membrane processes for the separation of gases and liquids—natural gas purification, CO2 separation, air separation, hydrogen recovery from petrochemical streams, olefin/paraffin separation, and water purification. His research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of novel, high-performance polymers of intrinsic microporosity for various membrane applications, development of thin-film composite membranes, hybrid polymer/inorganic membranes, carbon molecular sieve membranes, and membrane modifications (surface coatings/fouling resistance).
Ingo Pinnau is the founding Director of the Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center and Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Physical Sciences and Engineering Division at KAUST. Prior to his appointment at KAUST, Professor Pinnau worked for 18 years as Director of Materials and Membrane Development at Membrane Technology and Research, Inc., Menlo Park, CA, in the United States. He has served as Consulting Professor in the Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University. Prof. Pinnau has co-edited four books on membrane science, is the author of 160+ peer-reviewed publications, and has made more than 200 presentations. He holds 45 U.S. patents, was on the Board of Directors and served twice as President of the North American Membrane Society. He belongs to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Membrane Science and Applied Water Science. Prof. Pinnau holds various professional memberships and has received several national and international awards. He earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991.