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Mohtada Sadrzadeh, PhD, PEng

Associate Professor


Mechanical Engineering

About Me


  • Postdoctoral fellow --- University of Alberta
  • PhD --- Iran University of Science and Technology


My Research interests are:

  • Membrane separation processes for water and gas treatment
  • Synthesis and characterization of polymeric membranes
  • Thin film composite and nanocomposite membranes
  • Modeling of transport phenomena in porous and dense membranes
  • Modeling of membrane fabrication by phase inversion and interfacial polymerization reaction (kinetics and thermodynamics of these processes)



   S.A. Hosseini, M. Vossoughi, N.M. Mahmoodi, M. Sadrzadeh. Clay-based electrospun nanofibrous membranes for colored wastewater treatment. Applied Clay Science. 168: 77-86.

    M. Razi, H. Nazaripoor, B. Sadri, T. Thundat, M. Sadrzadeh. Development of a 3D-printed modified Scheludko-cell: Potential application for adsorption and thin liquid film study. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 561: 341-348.

    M. Rastgar, A. Bozorg, A. Shakeri, M. Sadrzadeh. Substantially improved antifouling properties in Electro-oxidative graphene laminate forward osmosis membrane. Chemical Engineering Research and Design. 


    H. Nazaripoor, M. R. Flynn, C.R. Koch, M. Sadrzadeh. Thermally induced interfacial instabilities and pattern formation in confined liquid nanofilms. Physical Review E 98, 043106.

    R. Mirzavand, M.M. Honari, B. Laribi, Behnam Khorshidi, M. Sadrzadeh, P. Mousavi. An unpowered sensor node for real-time water quality assessment (humic acid detection). Electronics. 7(10), 231.

    I. Biswas, M. Sadrzadeh, A. Kumar. Impact of bacterial streamers on biofouling of microfluidic filtration systems. Biomicrofluidics 12 (4): 044116.

    J.Y. Cho, J. Le, Y.H. Na, M. Sadrzadeh, A. Myles. Microscopic characterization of IBM star polymers at high-temperature for water membrane applications. Microscopy and Microanalysis 24 (S1): 1080-1081.

    L. Shamaei, B. Khorshidi, B. Perdicakis, M. Sadrzadeh. Treatment of oil sands produced water using combined electrocoagulation and chemical coagulation techniques. Science of The Total Environment. 645: 560-572.

    H. Nazaripoor, C.R. Koch, M. Sadrzadeh.  Ordered high aspect ratio nanopillar formation based on electrical and thermal reflowing of pre-patterned thin films.  Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 530, 312-320.

    A. Karkooti, A.Z. Yazdi, Pu Chen, M. McGregor, N. Nazemifard, M. Sadrzadeh. Development of advanced nanocomposite membranes using graphene nanoribbons and nanosheets for water treatment. Journal of Membrane Science. 500: 97-107.

    N. Debnath, M. Sadrzadeh. Microfluidic mimic for colloid membrane filtration: A review. Journal of the Indian Institute of Science (IISC). 98: 137-157.

    P. Mojir Shaibani, H. Etayash, K. Jiang, A. Sohrabi, M. Hassanpourfard, S. Naicker; M. Sadrzadeh, T. Thundat. Portable nanofiber-light addressable potentiometric sensor (NF-LAPS) for rapid Escherichia coli detection in orange juice. 3(4): 815-822.

    I. Biswas, R. Ghosh, M. Sadrzadeh, A. Kumar. Near wall void growth leads to disintegration of colloidal bacterial streamer. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 552: 249–255.

    S.A. Hosseini, M. Vossoughi, N.M. Mahmoodi, M. Sadrzadeh. Efficient dye removal from aqueous solution by high-performance electrospun nanofibrous membranes through incorporation of SiO2 nanoparticles. Journal of Cleaner Production. 183: 1197-1206.

    R. Prybysh, M. Al-Hussein, B. Fleck, M. Sadrzadeh, J. Osolu. Experimental study on the palatability impacts of potable water as a hydronic medium. 10: 2018.   

    B. Khorshidi, I. Biswas, T. Ghosh, T. Thundat, M. Sadrzadeh. Robust fabrication of thin film polyamide-TiO2 nanocomposite membranes with enhanced thermal stability and anti-biofouling propensity. Scientific Reports. 8: 784

    M. Rezakazemi, M. Sadrzadeh, T. Matsuura. Thermally stable polymers for advanced high-performance gas separation membranes, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science. 66: 1-41.

    D. Zhang, A. Karkooti, L. Liu, M. Sadrzadeh, T. Thundat, Y. Liu, R. Narain. Fabrication of antifouling and antibacterial polyethersulfone (PES)/cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) nanocomposite membranes. Journal of Membrane Science. 549: 350-356

    Z. Almansoori, B. Khorshidi, B. Sadri, M. Sadrzadeh. Parametric study on the stabilization of metal oxide nanoparticles in organic solvents: A case study with indium tin oxide (ITO) and heptane. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry. 40: 1003-1013.


    H. Nazaripoor, C.R. Koch, M. Sadrzadeh. 1Enhanced electrically induced micro-patterning of confined thin liquid films: Thermocapillary role and its limitations/ Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 56 (38): 10678–10688.

    B. Sadri, D. Pernitsky, M. Sadrzadeh. Aggregation and deposition of colloidal particles: Effect of surface properties of collector beads. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 530: 46-52

    R.G. Pillai, N. Yang, S. Thi, J. Fatema, M. Sadrzadeh, D. Pernitsky. Characterization and Comparison of DOM Signatures in SAGD Process Water Samples from Athabasca Oil Sands. Energy & Fuels. 31(8): 8363-8373

    M. Rezakazemi, M. Sadrzadeh, T. Mohammadi, T. Matsuura. Methods for the preparation of organic-inorganic nanocomposite polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells. Book Chapter: Organic-Inorganic Composite Polymer Electrolyte Membranes 311-325

    B. Khorshidi, T. Thundat, D. Pernitsky, M. Sadrzadeh. A parametric study on the synergistic impacts of chemical additives on permeation properties of thin film composite polyamide membrane. Journal of Membrane Science. 535: 248-257.

    M.A. Al Mamun, S. Bhattacharjee, D. Pernitsky, M. Sadrzadeh. Colloidal fouling of nanofiltration membranes: Development of a standard operating procedure. Membranes 7 (1), 4.

    M. Mohammadtabar, F. Mohammadtabar, R. Shokri, M. Sadrzadeh. Numerical investigation of the entropy generation due to natural convection in a partially heated square cavity filled with nanofluids. Heat Transfer Engineering. 38(17) 1506-1521.

    B. Khorshidi, B. Soltannia, T. Thundat, M. Sadrzadeh. Effect of monohydric and polyhydric alcohol additives in aqueous solution. Journal of Membrane Science. 523: 336-345.

    S.E. Shahidi, C.R. Koch, S. Bhattacharjee, M. Sadrzadeh Dielectric behavior of oil-water emulsions during phase separation probed by electrical impedance spectroscopy. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 243: 460-464.

    N. Debnath, M. Hassanpourfard, R. Ghosh, J. Trivedi, T. Thundat, M. Sadrzadeh and A. Kumar. Abiotic streamers in a microfluidic system. Soft Matte. 13: 8698-8705


    I. Biswas, R. Ghosh, M. Sadrzadeh, A. Kumar. Nonlinear deformation and localized failure of bacterial streamers in creeping flows. Nature Scientific Report 6: 32204.

    B. Khorshidi, T. Thundat, B.A. Fleck, M. Sadrzadeh. A Novel approach toward fabrication of high performance thin film composite polyamide membranes. Nature Scientific Report 6: 22069.

    B. Gheshlaghi, H. Nazaripoor, M. Sadrzadeh, A. Kumar. Effect of intrinsic angular momentum in the capillary filling dynamics of viscous fluids. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. 479: 80-86.

    H. Nazaripoor, C.R. Koch, M. Sadrzadeh, and S. Bhattacharjee. Thermo-electrohydrodynamic patterning in nanofilms. Langmuir 32: 5776–5786.

    B. Khorshidi, A. Bhinder, T. Thundat, D. Pernitsky, M. Sadrzadeh. Developing high throughput thin film composite polyamide membranes for forward osmosis treatment of SAGD produced water. Journal of Membrane Science. 511: 29-39.

    A. Bhinder, B.A. Fleck, D. Pernitsky, M. Sadrzadeh. Forward osmosis for treatment of oil sands produced water: Systematic study of influential parameters. Desalination and Water Treatment. 57: 22980-22993.

    B. Gheshlaghi, H. Nazaripoor, A. Kumar, M. Sadrzadeh. Analytical solution for transient electroosmotic Flow in a rotating microchannel. RSC Advances. 6: 17632-17641.

    M. Amirilargani, M. Sadrzadeh, E.J.R. Sudhölter, L. de Smet. Surface modification methods of organic solvent nanofiltration membranes, Chemical Engineering Journal. 289: 562–582.

    H. Nazaripoor, C.R. Koch, M. Sadrzadeh, S. Bhattacharjee. Compact micro/nano electrohydrodynamic patterning: Using thin conductive film and patterned template. Soft Matter. 12: 1074-1084.

    B. Khorshidi, J. Hajinasiri, G. Ma, S. Bhattacharjee, M. Sadrzadeh. Thermally resistant and electrically conductive PES/ITO nanocomposite membrane. Journal of Membrane Science. 500: 151-160.

    M. Hayatbakhsh, S. Hajinasiri, S. Bhattacharjee, D. Pernitsky, M. Sadrzadeh. Treatment of an in situ oil sands produced water by polymeric membranes. Desalination and Water Treatment. 57: 14869-14887.


    B. Khorshidi, T. Thundat, B. Fleck, M. Sadrzadeh. Thin film composite polyamide membranes: Parametric study on the influence of synthesis conditions. RSC Advances. 5(68): 54985-54997.

    M. Sadrzadeh, J. Hajinasiri, S. Bhattacharjee, D. Pernitsky. Nanofiltration of oil sands boiler feed water: Effect of pH on water flux and organic and dissolved solid rejection. Separation and Purification Technology. 141: 339-353.

    H. Nazaripoor, C.R. Koch, M. Sadrzadeh, S. Bhattacharjee. Electrohydrodynamic patterning of ultra-thin ionic liquid films. Soft Matter. 11(11): 2193-2202.

    M.A. Al Mamun, M. Sadrzadeh, R. Chatterjee, S. Bhattacharjee, Sirshendu De. Colloidal fouling of nanofiltration membranes: A novel transient electrokinetic model and experimental study. Chemical Engineering Science. 138: 153-163.