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Shaffer Lab

The Shaffer Lab at the University of Houston studies membrane materials and processes for water purification and resource recovery. Our goal is to promote resilient communities and ecosystems through membrane separations that both create and recover valuable resources.

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Research Interests

  • Design and synthesis of porous materials and functional polymers

  • Fabrication of polymer thin films and membranes

  • Structure-property-performance relationships for dense and porous polymer films

  • Mass transport modeling in engineered and natural systems


  • Treatment systems for reuse of produced water from oil and gas operations

  • Organic solvent filtration

  • Catalytic membrane reactors for contaminant capture and removal

  • Decision support tools for water resources management


  • Solution-based molecular layer-by-layer assembly of polymer films

  • Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

  • Surface chemistry and topography characterization

  • Membrane performance testing for ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, and membrane distillation

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Contact Us

UH Civil and Environmental Engineering 
4726 Calhoun Road N107
Houston, TX, 77204

dshaffer @


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