Suzana Pereira Nunes, PhD

Principal Investigator
​​Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering,
Head of the Nanostructured Polymeric Membrane Laboratory​​​

Research Interests

Development of new polymeric materials for membrane manufacture with application in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, protein separation, clean energy and water.​

Selected Publications

  • Ionic liquids as self-assembly guide for the formation of nanostructured block copolymer membranes
    P. Madhavan, R. Sougrat, A.R. Behzad, K.-V. Peinemann, S.P. Nunes
    Journal of Membrane Science, Volume 492, Pages 568–577, (2015)
  • Biomimetic block copolymer particles with gated nanopores and ultrahigh protein sorption capacity
    H. Yu, X. Qiu, S.P. Nunes, K.-V. Peinemann
    Nature Communications, 5, art. no. 4110, (2014)

  • Self-assembly in casting solutions of block copolymer membranes
    D. Marques, U. Vainio, N.M. Chaparro, V. M. Calo, A.R. Bezahd, J. Pitera, K.-V. Peinemann and S.P. Nunes
    Soft Matter 9 23, 5557- 5564, (2013)

  • Switchable pH-Responsive Polymeric Membranes Prepared via Block Copolymer Micelle Assembly
    S. P. Nunes, A. R. Behzad, B. Hooghan, R. Sougrat, M. Karunakaran, N. Pradeep, U.Vainio, and K.-V. Peinemann
    ACS Nano, (2011), DOI: 10.1021/nn200484v
  • Ultraporous Films with Uniform Nanochannels by Block Copolymer Micelles Assembly
    S. P. Nunes, R. Sougrat, B. Hooghan, D. H. Anjum, A. Reza Behzad, L. Zhao, N. Pradeep, I. Pinnau, U. Vainio, and K. V. Peinemann
    Macromolecules 43 (2010)
  • Quaternary Ammonium Membrane Materials for CO2 Separation
    S. Shishatskiy, J. Roman Pauls, S. P. Nunes and K. V. Peinemann
    J. Membrane Sci., 359, (2010)

  • CO2-Philic Polymer Membrane with High Separation Performance
    W. Yave, A. Car, S. S. Funari, S. P. Nunes, K. V. Peinemann
    Macromolecules 43 (1) (2010)

  • Fluorinated polyoxadiazole for high-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell
    D. Gomes, S. P. Nunes
    J. Membrane Sci. 321 (1), (2008)
  • Education

    • Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Mainz, Germany, 1985-1986
    • Ph.D., University of Campinas, Brazil, 1985
    • MSc, University of Campinas, Brazil, 1983
    • BSc, Technological Chemistry, University of Campinas, Brazil, 1981
    • BSc, Chemistry, University of Campinas, Brazil, 1980

    Professional Profile

    • Head of Department of Membranes for Sustainable Energy and Researcher, Helmholtz Research Center, Geesthacht, Germany 1997-2009
    • Associate Professor, University of Campinas, Brazil 1992-1997
    • Assistant Professor University of Campinas, Brazil 1987-1992

    Scientific and Professional Memberships

    • North American Membrane Society (NAMS)
    • European Membrane Society (EMS)
    • American Chemical Engineering (AIChE)
    • Royal Chemical Society (RCS)
    • Materials Research Society (MRS)


    • Associate Member of the Sao Paulo Academy of Science
    • Humboldt Fellow (1985-1986)

    KAUST Affiliations

    Chemical Engineering

    Water Desalination and Reuse Center

    Non-KAUST Affiliations

    Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE)