Duong Phuoc, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoc at University of Wyoming​, USA​


Research Interests

  • Polymer-based membrane processes and nanotechnology for water sustainability and energy generation including nanofiltration, forward osmosis and pressure retarded osmosis
  • Surface modifications and advanced interfacial polymerizations for flat-sheet and hollow fiber membranes
  • Fouling resistant studies

Selected Publications

  • Hydroxyl functionalized polytriazole-co-polyoxadiazole as substrates for forward osmosis membranes
    P. H. H. Duong, S. Chisca, P.Y. Hong, H. Cheng, S.P. Nunes, T.S. Chung
    ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Issue 7, 3960-3973, (2015)
  • Crosslinked copolyazoles with a zwitterionic structure for organic solvent resistant membranes
    S. Chisca, P.H.H. Duong, A.-H. Emwas, R. Sougrat, S.P. Nunes
    Polymer Chemistry, Issue 6, 543-554, (2015)
  • Highly permeable double-skinned forward osmosis membranes for anti-fouling in the emulsified oil-water separation process
    P.H.H. Duong, T.S. Chung, S. Wei, L. Irish
    Environmental Science & Technology, Issue 48, 4537-4545, (2014)
  • Application of thin film composite membranes with forward osmosis technology for the separation of emulsified oil-water
    P. H. H. Duong, T. S. Chung
    Journal of Membrane Science, Issue 452, 117-126, (2014)
  • Highly crosslinked layer-by-layer polyelectrolyte FO membranes; understanding effects of salt concentration and deposition time on FO performance
    P. H. H. Duong, J. Zuo, T. S. Chung
    Journal of Membrane Science, Issue 427, 411-421, (2013)
  • Planar biomimetic Aquaporin-incorporated triblock copolymer membranes on porous alumina supports for nanofiltration
    P. H. H. Duong, T. S. Chung, K. Jeyaseelan, A. Armugam, Z. Chen, J. Yang, M. H. Hong
    Journal of Membrane Science, Issue 409-410, 34-43, (2012)


  • Ph.D., Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2013
  • B.S.,  Chemical Engineering, HoChiMinh University of Technology, VietNam, 2005

Professional Profile

  • 2014-Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010-2014: Research engineer, National University of Singapore, Singapore


  • IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2010
  • The Institution of Engineers, Singapore
  • Membrane Science and Technologies for Sustainability in Energy and Water and for Better Quality Life
  • NUS Research Scholarship

KAUST Affiliations

  • Biological & Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

Water Treatment Membrane Science and Technology Nanotechnology