Molecular recognition, and multivalency effects for prevention of membrane scaling and biofouling and for purification of water and wastewater
Design and characterization of selective and biomimetic membranes
Design and characterization of new membrane polymer compositions
Definition of parameters involved in membrane fouling and degradation by accurately controlling the design and composition of polymer layers on membranes
Improvement of membrane chemical stability
My laboratory is focused on using organic chemistry and biological chemistry techniques as tools to investigate problems related to water desalination and treatment. We are designing novel biomimetic separation membranes, as well as finding new methods to tether antibiotic compounds to the membrane surface as antibiofilm agents. We are also using cutting edge 3D-printing technology to design novel prototype water desalination devices, and for the design of microfluidic chambers. Our 3D printing capabilities allows for rapid design and optimization of prototypes.
Currently new laboratories are being built which will include state of the art equipment for organic and polymer synthesis, as well as a room dedicated to 3D prototyping and production.
Dr. Arnusch is part of the Department of Desalination & Water Treatment at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.