Thi Phuong Nga Nguyen

Research Support

Laboratory Equipment Coordinator



3316-WS05 B4/L3

Research Interests

Research focus on synthesis, modification, and characterization of flat-sheet and hollow fiber membranes for osmotically-driven separation processes, i.e. forward osmosis, pressure-retarded osmosis. Besides, fouling, concentration polarization and physicochemical aspects of membrane filtration processes, i.e. forward osmosis, reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, are studied.

Selected Publications

  • Surface modification of TFC FO membrane using N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) to enhance fouling resistance and clean...
    Byung-Moon Jun, Thi Phuong Nga Nguyen, Yu-Kyung Kim, Hyung Kae Lee, Young-Nam Kwon
    esalination and Water Treatment 65, 11-21, (2017)
  • The chlorination mechanism of integrally asymmetric cellulose triacetate (CTA)-based and thin film composite polyam...
    Thi Phuong Nga Nguyen, Byung-Moon Jun, Young-Nam Kwon
    Journal of Membrane Science 523, 111121, (2017)
  • oncentration polarization effect and preferable membrane configuration at pressure-retarded osmosis operation
    Thi Phuong Nga Nguyen, Byung-Moon Jun, Hyung Gyu Park, Sang-Woo Han, Yu-Kyung Kim, Hyung K...
    Desalination 07/2016; 389, (2016)
  • Protection of Polymeric Membranes with Antifouling surfacing via Surface Modifications
    Jayalakshmi Ayyavoo, Thi Phuong Nga Nguyen, Byung-Moon Jun, In-Chul Kim, Young-Nam Kwon
    Colloids and Surfaces A Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 06/2016, (2016)
  • Comparison of integrally asymmetric and thin film composite structures for a desirable fashion of forward osmosis m...
    Thi Phuong Nga Nguyen, Byung-Moon Jun, Jong Hwa Lee, Young-Nam Kwon
    Journal of Membrane Science 05/2015; 495, (2015)
  • The application of polyethyleneimine draw solution in a combined forward osmosis/nanofiltration system
    Byung‐Moon Jun, Thi Phuong Nga Nguyen, Soo‐Hyun Ahn, In‐Chul Kim, Young‐Nam Kwon
    Journal of Applied Polymer Science 03/2015; 132(27), (2015)
  • Preparation of cellulose triacetate/cellulose acetate (CTA/CA)-based membranes for forward osmosis
    Thi Phuong Nga Nguyen, Eun-Tae Yun, In-Chul Kim, Young-Nam Kwon
    Journal of Membrane Science 04/2013; 433, (2013)


  • Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea, 2016
  • B.Sc., Environmental Engineering, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT), Vietnam, 2010

Professional Profile

  • ​2016-2017: Postdoctoral fellow, UNIST, South Korea.
  • 2019-present: Lab equipment specialist, KAUST, Saudi Arabi


  • Master’s Scholarship, UNIST, Korea, 2010-2011.
  • Master’s-Doctoral Scholarship, UNIST, Korea, 2012-2015.
  • Best Poster Presentation Award, Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (KSIEC), KSIEC Fall Meeting 2016.