Sara Chergaoui
PhD student
Erasmus Mundus Master in Membrane Engineering for a Sustainable World, University of Montpellier II, 2020
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Main project: Impact of membrane characteristics on enzyme reactivity and co-crystallization
Funding: ARC
Supervisor(s): Patricia Luis Alconero

The project focuses on the enantioselective biocatalytic synthesis of high-value chiral amines. A combined reaction-purification process based on membrane technology and using enzymes will be developed. As opposed to classical batch and multi-step processes, such an integrated approach would allow (i) maintaining the enzyme in the reactor, (ii) intensifying the production of high added-value chemicals, and (iii) recover a highly pure co-product. Novel membranes will be developed and the effect of their composition and structure on the final performance will be studied.

IMMC main research direction(s):
Processing and characterisation of materials
Chemical engineering

enzyme reactivity
membrane technology

Research group(s): IMAP


Recent publications

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Journal Articles

1. Sparenberg, Marie-Charlotte; Chergaoui, Sara; Sang Sefidi, Vida; Luis, Patricia. Crystallization control via membrane distillation-crystallization: A review. In: Desalination, Vol. 519, no.115315, p. 115315 (2022). doi:10.1016/j.desal.2021.115315.

2. Jin, Pengrui; Chergaoui, Sara; Zheng, Junfeng; Volodine, Alexander; Zhang, Xin; Liu, Ziyuan; Luis, Patricia; Van der Bruggen, Bart. Low-pressure highly permeable polyester loose nanofiltration membranes tailored by natural carbohydrates for effective dye/salt fractionation. In: Journal of Hazardous Materials, Vol. 421, no.126716, p. 126716 (2022). doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.126716.

3. Xu, Xiao; Hartanto, Yusak; Nikolaeva, Daria; He, Zirui; Chergaoui, Sara; Luis, Patricia. High-performance ZIF-8-biopolymer chitosan mixed-matrix pervaporation membrane for methanol-dimethyl carbonate separation. In: Separation and Purification Technology, Vol. 293, no.121085, p. 121085 (2022). doi:10.1016/j.seppur.2022.121085.

Conference Papers

1. Chergaoui, Sara; Leyssens, Tom; Debecker, Damien P.; Luis Alconero, Patricia. Membrane-assisted antisolvent crystallization: which factors control crystal properties?. 2022 xxx.

2. Chergaoui, Sara; Leyssens, Tom; Debecker, Damien P.; Luis Alconero, Patricia. Impact of membrane characteristics on anti-solvent crystallization. 2021 xxx.

3. Chergaoui, Sara; Leyssens, Tom; Debecker, Damien P.; Luis Alconero, Patricia. Supersaturation control using membrane-assisted anti-solvent crystallization. 2021 xxx.