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Shaffer Lab Receives NSF CAREER Award to Develop COF Membranes

July 2021

The Shaffer Lab has been awarded a five-year NSF CAREER grant to develop covalent organic framework (COF) membranes for liquid separations. The award will support two PhD students to engineer COF membranes for liquid separation challenges in the energy, environmental and health fields. Additionally, a collaboration with UH's teachHOUSTON program will engage undergraduate pre-service STEM teachers in laboratory research projects.

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New PhD Student Siddhartha Paul Joins the Shaffer Lab

June 2021

The Shaffer Lab welcomes Siddhartha Paul to the University of Houston. Siddhartha joins the lab as a PhD student following the completion of his master's degree studies at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. Welcome Siddhartha!


Dr. Shevate Appointed Post-Doctoral Researcher at Argonne National lab

May 2021

The Shaffer Lab congratulations Dr. Rahul Shevate on his new appointment as a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. At Argonne, Dr. Shevate will apply his expertise to functional coatings, thin films, and separation membranes. Congratulations Dr. Shevate!


Shaffer Lab Awarded Funding by USBR for Desalination Membranes Research

March 2021

The Shaffer Lab's project "Contorted Polyamide Membranes for High Performance Desalination" has been awarded funding through the Bureau of Reclamation's Desalination and Water Purification Research Program. Congratulations to Dr. Sayali Shaligram and Dr. Rahul Shevate for their outstanding work on this proposal.

USBR announcement: Reclamation awards $3.6 million to improve desalination technologies (

Project description: Desalination and Water Purification Research Program 2021 Funding (


Welcoming PhD Student Parisa Taheri

January 2021

The Shaffer Lab welcomes new PhD student Parisa Taheri. She conducted an independent research project as an Environmental Engineering MS student at UH, and now she will join the lab full-time as a PhD student. Welcome Parisa!

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Congratulations to Dr. Shaligram on New Post-Doctoral Appointment

September 2020

The Shaffer Lab congratulates Dr. Sayali Shaligram, a visiting researcher, on her new post-doctoral appointment.  Dr. Shaligram joins the Department of Chemistry at Lehigh University as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate.  Congratulations Dr. Shaligram!

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Dr. Shaffer Participates in PanNano 2020 Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil

March 2020

Dr. Shaffer joined a delegation of faculty and students from the University of Houston to present research findings at the PanNano 2020 Conference in Sao Paulo. He presented work from the Shaffer Lab about nanoporous covalent organic framework (COF) membranes with controlled thicknesses and tunable separation properties.

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Dr. Shevate Presents His Latest Research
at GRC Chemical Separations Conference

January 2020

Dr. Rahul Shevate presented the results of his work on two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks (COFs) for molecular separations at the Gordon Research Conference - Chemical Separations held in Galveston, TX.

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Dana and Dr. Shaffer Join Houston Delegation
at One Water Summit

September 2019

Dana Reed and Dr. Shaffer participated in the One Water Summit hosted by the US Water Alliance in Austin, Texas.  The Shaffer Lab joined representatives from municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and utility and water authority districts from the Houston region in learning more about initiatives to promote sustainable water systems for resilient communities.

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