Current objectives are to lead and manage research teams in water purification, energy efficiency, and oncology. Specific areas of interest currently are:
- Water Purification and Energy Efficiency via Synthetic Membranes: Fundamentals of nano-to-microstructure evolution in fouling-resistant polymer-ceramic nanostructured membranes for ultrafiltration and desalination prepared by the phase inversion process, and interfacial polymerization routes using cryo-HRSEM, other tools (HR: high resolution). Themes are applicable to gas separation too.
- Physics of Soft Matter, Cancer: Applied mechanics of tumor microenvironments. Collaboration with Brady Urological Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Medicine: Fundamentals of polymeric and colloidal biomaterial formation (e.g., hydrogels) in ocular drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. Interaction with Wilmer Eye Institute, JHU School of Medicine.
- Better membrane technology through science to meet 21st century global needs
- Theoretical modeling of transport through porous media, phase separation, stress development, particle mechanics
- Interfacing academic and industrial research; education; scientific writing and journal editing; green technologies