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 congratulations 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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Eleanor Presents Research Results
at REU Poster Session

July 2019

Eleanor Grosvenor presented the results of her summer research about fabricating controlled polyamide thin films at the Research Experience for Undergraduates poster session held at the University of Houston. 


Eleanor Joins the Shaffer Lab for Summer Research Experience

June 2019

Eleanor Grosvenor, an undergraduate Materials Science and Engineering student from the University of Maryland, has joined the Shaffer Lab for the summer.  Eleanor is participating in the UH Cullen College of Engineering's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for Materials for Sustainability in Energy and Manufacturing. Welcome Eleanor!


Congratulations to Dana for Master of Science Degree

May 2019

Congratulations to Dana Reed for earning her Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering.  Dana will continue her graduate studies as a PhD student in the Shaffer Lab starting in Fall 2019.  Congratulations and welcome full-time to the Shaffer Lab!


Welcoming Dr. Rahul Shevate to the Shaffer Lab

April 2019

The Shaffer Lab welcomes post-doctoral researcher Dr. Rahul Shevate.  He earned his PhD at the Advanced Membranes & Porous Materials Center of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).  Dr. Shevate has a background in organic chemistry, and prior to pursuing a PhD, he worked in industry and in a government lab in India.  Welcome Dr. Shevate!


Congratulations to Christ on Graduating
with Master of Science Degree

December 2018

Congratulations to Christ Niamike for earning his Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering.  Christ conducted research in the Shaffer Lab during summer and fall 2018.  He begins working as an environmental engineering professional in Houston in January 2019.  Congratulations Christ!